Sunday, October 22, 2023

Out footballer Jake Daniels awarded by Attitude

Jake Daniels, 18, is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for EFL League One club Blackpool.

In May 2022 Jake came out, becoming the UK's only male professional footballer to be publicly out at the time since Justin Fashanu.

He cited fellow footballer Josh Cavallo and diver Tom Daley as helping him come out. His decision to come out was praised by FA president Prince William, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and England captain Harry Kane.

Jake made his announcement the same month that he made his professional debut for his League One club. He told, “For a long time I’ve thought I would have to hide my truth because I wanted to be, and now I am, a professional footballer.”

Jake said coming out is the best thing he’s ever done. “When I did it, it was the best thing that happened to me. My life, everything just fell into place perfectly for me. It has just been amazing.”

“That’s my life. I can’t change that. And I’m a footballer, so I’m going to play football. I’m going to be gay; no one’s going to stop me from doing that,” he added.

He also declared that the love and support of his boyfriend is one of the reasons why his life is so amazing. Despite their age gap (his partner is 46), he affirms he’s definitely found his soulmate and he couldn’t be more happy.

Now, he has been received the Gamechanger award by Attitude.

Congratulations Jake!!!

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