Aussie footballer opens up on gay status

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Andy Brennan (R) of South Hobart controls the ball during the FFA Cup match between South Hobart and Tuggeranong at KGV Park on August 5, 2014 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

An Australian footballer is happy to reveal his gay status after becoming the first male soccer player in the country to do so.

Andy Brennan began his football career with his hometown club South Hobart but currently plays for Green Gully SC in Australia’s second tier.

The 26-year-old posted a message to his Instagram account on Tuesday, saying: “Being open is the best way for me to feel most comfortable and be myself.”

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It’s taken me years to get comfortable saying this – I’m gay. I was scared it would affect my friendships, my teammates, and my family. But the support of the people around me has been so great and helped me get to the final step; being completely open. Being open is the best way for me to feel most comfortable and be myself. So… carry on! 🌈 #owlyagoing

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In an interview with players’ union Professional Footballers Australia, Brennan stated he was a relieved man after revealing his sexuality.

“It got to a point where I had to realise that I had to accept who I am,” said the striker. “I thought about it a lot, tried to hide it, tried to push it aside, just because of the way I thought it would be perceived by a lot of people.

“I thought that if I ever came out, or spoke about it to people, that they might treat me differently, or not see me as who I am, so I was always worried about it.

“Fortunately I have, because I’ve never felt better.”

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