Gay Swedish Footballer

  • tazzari

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    Mar 29, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    This was discussed a few weeks ago, and a few people seemed to think it wasn't real/true. Good article in today's Guardian (UK):
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/mar/29/anton-hysen-afraid-coming-out[/url]
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    Mar 29, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    It was him on RJ.

    He pulled off his account because he started getting lots of messages from people. In an interview he said he had to take off his Facebook account because he was getting too many as well. He's a low-key sort of guy so he didn't want that attention. Also the media was trying to get info about him, so they would have found his profile here pretty quick (or already had).
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    Mar 30, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    I still think he could have write a thank you message or something instead of just taking off his account. Although good for him for coming out!
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 30, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    tazzari saidThis was discussed a few weeks ago, and a few people seemed to think it wasn't real/true. Good article in today's Guardian (UK):
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/mar/29/anton-hysen-afraid-coming-out[/url]


    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/mar/29/anton-hysen-afraid-coming-out
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    Mar 30, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    I teared up here:

    His story began, however, at Stockholm's Pride march in 2007, when his dad made a surprising appearance. It was controversial because the gay community assumed Glenn was a homophobe after he threw a punch at a man who groped him in the toilets at Frankfurt airport in 2001. But this macho football legend confounded critics by talking with great empathy of "a 16-year-old who didn't want to come out because he feared what his teammates would think". No one realised at the time, but he was referring to his son. "He said, 'I'm doing it for you,'" remembers Hysén.


    And a bit at the end:

    Hysén heads home with his mum and sister, looking forward to a proposed trip to Britain for a televised discussion with gay sportsmen Steven Davies and Gareth Thomas and then to watch his beloved Liverpool. There with the rest of the fans he will belt out You'll Never Walk Alone. Perhaps he won't have to for much longer.


    Then I realized that, despite being the only out soccer player, he's not walking alone.


    Such a great family deserves such a great son - and vice versa!
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    Mar 30, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
    snowboarder saidI still think he could have write a thank you message or something instead of just taking off his account. Although good for him for coming out!


    He did.

    He said something along the lines of "thanks I didn't expect it to get so big. i just said i was gay. icon_lol.gif"

    EDIT: "Thank you everyone for this!! Cant believe it got so huge i mean im just gay lol"
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    Mar 30, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    I second what A1EX wrote.

    I had chatted with him a few times over a year and a half b/c of our mutual interest in soccer...he's real all right. I'm really glad he has a father like he does. It's amazing how parents of gay children can be really good allies and create change by speaking out.