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January 8, 2014

Swedish footballer says it is 'extremely good for football' now that German player Hitzlsperger has revealed his sexuality

Gay Swedish soccer star Anton Hysén has shared his pride after German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out.

‘Just want to take a moment and say GOOD JOB Thomas Hitzlsperger!! Very proud over what you’ve done. Extremely good for football!’ Hysén said.

He also retweeted several others, who said with US player Robbie Rogers coming out last year, ‘2014 could be the year for a massive change in football’.

But Hysén and Rogers are still the only LGBT footballers to come out and keep playing, as 31-year-old Hitzlsperger retired in September last year.

January 8, 2014

Swedish footballer says it is 'extremely good for football' now that German player Hitzlsperger has revealed his sexuality

Gay Swedish soccer star Anton Hysén has shared his pride after German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out.

‘Just want to take a moment and say GOOD JOB Thomas Hitzlsperger!! Very proud over what you’ve done. Extremely good for football!’ Hysén said.

He also retweeted several others, who said with US player Robbie Rogers coming out last year, ‘2014 could be the year for a massive change in football’.

But Hysén and Rogers are still the only LGBT footballers to come out and keep playing, as 31-year-old Hitzlsperger retired in September last year.

January 8, 2014

German Thomas Hitzlsperger joins the team of seven other men who have blazed the trail for homosexuality in soccer

German player Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the eighth male, before or after retirement, to reveal he is gay.

The only gay player to ever play in the Premier League, he said he wanted to come out to ‘further the debate about homosexuality in sports professionals’.

While the world of football may be notoriously homophobic, many do not want to be the ones to be brave and take a stand against bigotry.

But times are changing, and with Hitzlsperger the floodgates may open. In 2014, it may be the year we finally see many more athletes taking a stand.

January 8, 2014

German Thomas Hitzlsperger joins the team of seven other men who have blazed the trail for homosexuality in soccer

German player Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the eighth male, before or after retirement, to reveal he is gay.

The only gay player to ever play in the Premier League, he said he wanted to come out to ‘further the debate about homosexuality in sports professionals’.

While the world of football may be notoriously homophobic, many do not want to be the ones to be brave and take a stand against bigotry.

But times are changing, and with Hitzlsperger the floodgates may open. In 2014, it may be the year we finally see many more athletes taking a stand.

December 19, 2013

Openly gay soccer pro has said he has not been contacted by any gay closeted footballers since coming out of the closet in February

US gay soccer star Robbie Rogers has said he has not been contacted by any closeted footballers since coming out.

And he thinks the reason is because they are terrified to reveal their sexuality.

The 26-year-old came out, and quit the game, back in February. He later came back to the field to play for LA Galaxy.

‘I haven’t received a letter or text or anything from one footballer that wants to talk about these issues,’ he said.

October 7, 2013

One of the only two gay professionally playing soccer players says he has had several anonymous phone calls from footballers in the closet

Straight men are far hotter than gay men, according to one of the only openly gay soccer players in the world Anton Hysén.

The Swedish 22-year-old footballer, who plays for Utsiktens BK, took to Twitter to complain about the lack of attractive gay guys.

He said: ‘Okay fo real.....straight men are way more attractive compared to gay men thats for sure....end of story’

When some of his 17,000 followers accused him of ‘alienating’ his fan base, Hysén said he meant straights have more ‘personality’.

October 7, 2013

One of the only two gay professionally playing soccer players says he has had several anonymous phone calls from footballers in the closet

Straight men are far hotter than gay men, according to one of the only openly gay soccer players in the world Anton Hysén.

The Swedish 22-year-old footballer, who plays for Utsiktens BK, took to Twitter to complain about the lack of attractive gay guys.

He said: ‘Okay fo real.....straight men are way more attractive compared to gay men thats for sure....end of story’

When some of his 17,000 followers accused him of ‘alienating’ his fan base, Hysén said he meant straights have more ‘personality’.

August 5, 2013

Dutch football team fights against homophobia in sport as they celebrate Gay Pride in the Netherlands

Dutch soccer stars risked backlash by coming out in support of homosexuality in sport at Amsterdam Pride on 4 August.

The annual canal parade saw the likes of Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, as well as the country's football federation KNVB, who had entered a boat for the first time.

Using the high profiles of famous footballers, they aimed to raise awareness of tolerance and understanding in professional sport.

July 18, 2013

The DFB is going to send a 28-page leaflet to all 26,000 German football clubs, with tips on how to prevent discrimination

The German Football Federation (DFB) is going to send a pro-gay leaflet to all the 26,000 German football clubs.

The aim of the project is to suggest LGBT footballers still in the closet to come out.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), LGBT people represent at least the 6% of the total world population.

July 8, 2013

Gay Star News speaks to one of the only two men in soccer, the UK-born Swedish player in the legendary sporting family

You may not know the name Anton Hysén, but for two years he was the only gay man in professional soccer.

Called a ‘global one-off’, the 22-year-old Sweden-based star shocked the world when he came out as openly gay. Not only that, the reaction was mostly positive.

The youngest son of a professional football family, his father is the legendary player and manager Glenn Hysén. He also has two older brothers in other Swedish soccer teams.

February 25, 2013

Roy Hodgson, manager of the English national football team, has supported the Football v Homophobia campaign

The England football club manager has come out against homophobia in the sport.

Roy Hodgson was speaking to support the Football v Homophobia community campaign in 2013.

‘I’ve been lucky enough to manage clubs and countries across the globe,’ said Hodgson, who has taken charge of top teams like Inter Milan and Switzerland in his 40 year career.

January 30, 2013

Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev, who set the world alight with their 'intimate' pictures, have denied they are gay

A Russian footballer has denied he is gay after pictures of him kissing, cuddling and sharing a bath with a male friend went viral.

When Gay Star News reported the pictures back in December, social networks were set alight by the idea two top-level professional footballers could be gay.

December 30, 2012

Two top-level football players are being accused of being gay after 'intimate' holiday pictures have emerged

Two top-level Russian footballers have sparked outrage after a series of 'gay' holiday pictures have emerged.

Pavel Mamayev, 24, a midfielder for CSKA Moscow, and Alexander Kokorin, 21, a striker from FC Dynamo Moscow, are believed to be in a relationship after ‘intimate’ photographs of them were posted on the internet.

On VK, an Eastern-European social network similar to Facebook, Kokorin posted one of the pictures, saying ‘I love him’.

Other snaps include the two hugging, sharing dinner, going to a basketball game, and having a bath together.

December 6, 2012

Sweden, the home of football's only openly gay pro player Anton Hysén, is shocked after footballers shouted homophobic insults

A Swedish football club has fired all of their players after complaints they had hurled homophobic remarks at members of a rival team.

During a recent Division Seven match with the Stockholm Snipers, players from Sörskogens IF were heard shouting insults such as ‘you suck cock for 50 kronor’, ‘all of you have HIV’, and ‘we’re probably going to get infected’.

Club chair Ketil Torp said: ‘We had no choice but to suspend the entire team. That kind of language isn't appropriate for football or anywhere else.’

December 6, 2012

Sweden, the home of football's only openly gay pro player Anton Hysén, is shocked after footballers shouted homophobic insults

A Swedish football club has fired all of their players after complaints they had hurled homophobic remarks at members of a rival team.

During a recent Division Seven match with the Stockholm Snipers, players from Sörskogens IF were heard shouting insults such as ‘you suck cock for 50 kronor’, ‘all of you have HIV’, and ‘we’re probably going to get infected’.

Club chair Ketil Torp said: ‘We had no choice but to suspend the entire team. That kind of language isn't appropriate for football or anywhere else.’

October 7, 2012

GSN’s guide to gift giving this Christmas

It’s undeniable that each year it seems to get earlier and earlier that the decorations go up, the carols are played on repeat and Mariah Carey releases another version of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.

Whether this fills you with seasonal joy or scrooge-like gloom, at some point you are going to have to turn your thoughts to Christmas presents.

April 9, 2012

Gay footballer is winning fans with his dance-floor moves

Professional footballer Anton Hysen was probably a bit of an obvious choice to join the cast for Sweden's Let's Dance 2012.

Known as Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and Dancing With The Stars in the US and other countries, the show's format pairs celebrities with a professional dance partner and requires them to learn and perform new routines each week.

January 16, 2012

Gay sports men and women get ready for a mammoth year, including the Olympics and gay Eurogames

2012 is fast becoming the year of sport.

While the relentless momentum generated by the summer Olympics in London this year is undeniable (less than 200 days to go!) there is a bit more to it than that.

There are now a number of openly gay sports people, still at the peak of their professional careers. Anton Hysen (football), Donal Cusack (hurling), Matthew Mitcham (diving) and Steve Davies (cricket) may only be a small band of pioneers, but the question of ‘should professional sports people come out?’ is beginning to feel a bit irrelevant.

December 31, 2011

Retired gay Major League Baseball star Billy Bean says 'It's going to take maybe just one special guy who can really move that ball forward'

As 2011 draws to a close, the major U.S. professional sports of football, basketball and baseball still have never had an active male player declare that they are gay.

There are still only handful who have even done so in retirement.

Among them is retired baseball pro Billy Bean who played for San Diego Padres, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Dodgers during the 90s and came out publicly in the 2003 memoir Going The Other Way.