Steven Davies comes out as gay, becomes the first British cricket athlete to do so
Steven Davies, a cricket athlete who is one of Europe’s rising stars and has practically his entire career ahead of him, announced to the world today that he’s gay.
Davies, who plays for Surrey, said in an interview with London’s Daily Telegraph that he could no longer lie about his sexuality.
“I’m comfortable with who I am – and happy to say who I am in public,” Davies said.
And he said he hoped his decision would help other young gay people to have the confidence to follow in his footsteps.
“This is the right time for me…I feel it is right to be out in the open about my sexuality. If more people do it, the more acceptable it will become. That must be a good thing.
“To speak out is a massive relief for me, but if I can just help one person to deal with their sexuality then that’s all I care about.”
He said he is relieved to have told his team mates: “It was a fantastic thing to do. The difference is huge. I am so much happier”.
The Surrey county cricketer had already come out to his friends and family five years ago.
Europe has a long way to go before more gay athletes like Davies feel comfortable coming out: It was just three months ago that not a single British pro soccer player or agent would agree to appear in an anti-homophobia PSA commercial.
Justin Fashanu remains Britain’s only top-flight footballer to publicly admit his homosexuality.
Other athletes include: Martina Navratilova – Czech-born nine-times Wimbledon champion; Wales’ all-time leading rugby union appearance maker, Gareth Thomas; American diver Greg Louganis; Irish hurling sportsman Donal Og Cusack; NBA basketball player John Amaechi.