The British LGBTQ advocacy group Stonewall says Daniels is the primary skilled participant to come back out within the UK within the final 30 years.
“I’ve recognized my entire life that I am homosexual, and I now really feel that I am prepared to come back out and be myself.” Daniels stated in his assertion.
“In reaching this level, I’ve had a number of the finest help and recommendation from my household, my Membership, my agent and Stonewall, who’ve all been extremely pro-active in placing my pursuits and welfare first,” Daniels continued. “I’ve additionally confided in my team-mates within the youth workforce right here at Blackpool, and so they too have embraced the information and supported my determination to open up and inform individuals.”
“I’ve hated mendacity my entire life and feeling the necessity to change to slot in. I wish to be a task mannequin myself by doing this.”
Daniels signed knowledgeable contract with Blackpool FC in February and performed within the workforce’s remaining sport of the season after scoring 30 targets for Blackpool’s youth workforce and main that workforce to the quarterfinals of the FA Youth Cup, the place he scored in his workforce’s Three-2 loss to Chelsea’s youth workforce.
“Blackpool Soccer Membership has labored carefully with Stonewall and the related footballing organisations to help Jake and is extremely proud that he has reached a stage the place he’s empowered to specific himself each on-and-off the pitch,” the membership stated in an announcement.
“We’re proud that Jake has felt in a position to share his fact with the world,” Stonewall stated of the information. “To return out publicly as the primary brazenly homosexual participant in males’s skilled soccer within the UK within the final 30 years takes braveness. We’re honoured to be supporting him!”
“For a very long time I’ve thought I must conceal my fact as a result of I needed to be, and now I’m, knowledgeable footballer,” Daniels informed Sky. “I requested myself if I ought to wait till I’ve retired to come back out. No different participant within the skilled sport right here is out. Nevertheless, I knew that might result in a very long time of mendacity and never with the ability to be myself or lead the life that I wish to.”
“Since I’ve come out to my household, my membership and my teammates, that interval of overthinking all the things and the stress it created has gone. It was impacting my psychological well being,” Daniels continued.
“Now I’m simply assured and joyful to be myself lastly.”