Words: Steve Brown
Collin Martin hopes other gay footballers can find ‘comfort in sport’.
The openly gay Minnesota United footballer – who publicly came out last year – was speaking for the MLS ‘Soccer For All’ initiative during Pride month a year after coming out via social media.
And during his interview, he sent a message of positivity to other gay players who are worried about coming out.
He said: “There has to be some more gay footballers.
"I hope that they can find comfort in not only society but comfort in sport, that they can be themselves because I think it's a shame nowadays if people aren't able to be themselves.
“When you make a public statement like that, you're not doing it for yourself really.
"I was truly doing it just to be an example for maybe young kids or people that were maybe unsure of their sexuality or didn't know their place in sport - it could be really anything."
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Proud to play in a league that not only supports me but values the importance of my story. The sad reality is that in other leagues around the world, teams and leagues are telling players not to come out. That is not only hindering progress in sport but it’s one of the reasons for a lack of representation of gay athletes. Thanks for celebrating pride and putting this video together @adidasfootball @mls @mnufc