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Swedish footballer Anton Hysen comes out as gay

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  1. Jock S. Trap 9 Mar 2011, 11:34am

    Good for him. Lets hope he starts to bring the game into the 21st Century, though I have a feeling it’ll take a lot more.

  2. Ian Bradley Marshall 9 Mar 2011, 11:48am

    Well done Anton
    You’ve made a very courageous decision to do this and helped millions of young people already the world over.
    Liverpool will be proud of you not least because of our links with your Father and LFC.
    All the best
    Ian Bradley Marshall
    Liverpool 9.3.2011

  3. Sweden is a very mature country so its no big deal can you imagine the tabliods and paps if a footballer came out here

    1. Sweden generally is a lot more accepting and well ahead of us. It does however, have a lot of religious hatred towards LGBT same as here, quotes from the Bile etc *yawn*. Also Sweden in its last general election, elected 20 far right MPs. The country is having issues with propagandists successfully targeting minorities to the small minded. Kind of how the Tories are doing here now, and lets face it, more or less all other media here too.

      1. Bile was a typo by the way, I did mean Bible, but it was very Freudian typo indeed, and I’m very proud of it :D

        1. SteveDenver 11 Mar 2011, 8:21pm

          I liked it. I usually refer to the “Wholly Babble,” but I like The Bile.

  4. Jock S. Trap 9 Mar 2011, 12:13pm


    I think many of us still remember Justin Fashanu to know about the UK’s Feeding to the Lions media campaign.

    1. and it would happen again tomorrow if a football player came out here

      1. Jock S. Trap 9 Mar 2011, 2:32pm

        Very true!

        1. Ok so the press is a problem we need murdoch to stop his attack dogs at the sun. Thats a job for stonewall ot tatchell

          1. I dont think it would be the sun today, its got a lot more liberal on the whole gay issue, it would be the mail and telegraph that would end any gay player.

          2. Scott you are deluded

            “Today’s Sun poll, which was conducted by research firm YouGov, asked three questions relating to the resignation of treasury chief secretary Laws after he admitted paying rent to his partner, James Lundie.The third question, “Should gay people be cabinet ministers?”, has caused a social media backlash on Twitter criticising the Sun’s decision to ask such a question” from the guardian

    2. sadly this is so – the lions are still hungry!
      Why have we not moved on? So sad……
      Justin – I met you a few times and you where a star!!

  5. Awesome!

  6. Galadriel1010 9 Mar 2011, 1:24pm

    I love his attitude. Good on him.

  7. Welcome to the team, Anton.

    This is real courage.

  8. Gay Football Supporters Network 9 Mar 2011, 1:49pm

    This is great news. Hopefully the tide is turing and more professional players will feel comfortable enough to come out and be themselves.

    1. Jock S. Trap 9 Mar 2011, 2:34pm

      Yep, lets hope we can get some Gay players in the England team. It’s about time England started winning the World Cup and European Cup etc!

  9. Out, and out with ease and attitude – and his parents are clearly not fussed either. I always thought the next generation down would finish off sorting this out, and here they are, getting on with it.

    1. Not in the uk with our gutter press and the people who lust after the scandals

  10. Kudos and much metta to this amazing and courageous young man!

    He’s more of a man than all the other men playing football COMBINED!

  11. Things have really moved on lately with the MBE for Aslie Pitter, the cricketer Steve Davis coming out and now Anton.

  12. Dan Filson 9 Mar 2011, 2:06pm

    Good on him. Just one thing – how do you square up “Swedish 4th tier side Utsiktens BK” with “first elite Swedish player” ?

    Is this the equivalent of Grimsby Town? (Mind you, if I played for Grimsby Town I’d come out too, as fast as I could)

      1. Swedish football fan 11 Mar 2011, 11:18pm

        Lol :)
        However – He plays there because he suffered from an injury last season. Now I’ve heard that one of the highest ranked Swedish teams, Elfsborg (from the city of Borås), is wery keen of getting him to their team any day soon.

  13. Helen Wilson 9 Mar 2011, 2:56pm

    I have this mental image of Max Clifford emailing every British club telling them not to sign this player!

    1. I don’t think, from what I’ve heard, that Max Clifford’s homophobic – just realistic about the prospects of a gay footballer who might come out in the current climate.
      That said, it takes people coming out to change that climate, so simply advising people not to come out is perhaps right for them in the short term but not the right solution on a wider level.

  14. Not until a premier league player comes out will homophobia be tackled. But can you blame players. One brave man did once and look what happened even his brother turned his bak on him.

    Football one of the most fem games with guys diving and crying and looking like they been shot one second running the next yet you can’t even be open about your sexuality in 21 century.

  15. Dan Filson 9 Mar 2011, 3:50pm

    There’s a touch of misogyny and sexism in “Football one of the most fem games with guys diving and crying and looking like they been shot one second running the next ” Why use ‘fem’?

    1. What would you prefer? “Poofy” maybe? Even “Gay”?
      People complain about dergatory descriptions, yet get reprimanded for using the correct one. Some men are effeminate. So what?

      1. Dan Filson 10 Mar 2011, 5:40pm

        But in this context fem was meant to mean weak. Effeminate men are not necessarily weak. Any more than women.

  16. People need to realise that it is not the British press or public which would have a problem with a gay player.

    The reason no gay player has come out in Britain is almost ENTIRELY down to the institutional homophobia of the FA.

    The FA is run by a pack of horrendous old bigots who could not even bring themselves to back the last anti-homophobia campaign.

    The FA is clearly the problem in Britain.

    1. maybe the FA is a reflection the fans seem to like them

      1. Aodhán Curtin 9 Mar 2011, 5:24pm

        Yeah, the tabloid press NEVER report on football and homosexuality in a homophobic way…

        One drop in a vast ocean of tabloid rubbish – just look at the field day they have whenever Ronaldo does something daring, like… shock… wear a pink shirt.

        1. Football fans are no more homophobic than rugby fans or hurling fans or cricket fans..

          It’s all too convenient to blame the press and the fans when the group who would have to deal with the fallout from a player comin out ie The FA is so absurdly homophobic and ill-prepared to deal with the issue..

          The FA is the biggest problem. And until people realise this then the situation will not change.

          Fans are also racist but the FA has a zero-tolerance policy to that. Homophobic bigotry in the terraces exist solely because the FA allows it to exist.

  17. Nathaniel 9 Mar 2011, 4:24pm

    @ Dan Filton

    A Swedish fourth-tier club would be equal to League Two from the English system, although VERY far behind economically and ability on the pitch.

    This is unbelievably courageous though in my eyes and I salute his bravery!

  18. Can you imagine tabloids and paps when the second or third footballer will come out in UK? It takes one to path the way and he will be hero for ever. At least in his own eyes and that is all that matters.


  20. va va vvvvvvvvvvoooooommmmm
    and a beauty too !!!

  21. does it really matter where or what level he plays at!! he’s a footballer in the limelight now and it may well encourage a few more to do the same!!

    this whole item was the focus on this years LGBT History month and this is a step in the right direction.

    Well done Anton, and thanks for being brave enough to do this!!:-)

  22. martyn notman 9 Mar 2011, 10:14pm

    good! swedish 4th division its unlikely we will see him play over here sadly..hes rather nice isnt he!

  23. tack skal du have för komme ut av skapet Anton!

    i hope my broken swedish makes sense :-)

    However – what matters is that the FA makes football, all the way down to the village club, a safe welcoming and encouraging place for gay players, so they do not have to fear discrimination, abuse or isolation. They have to send a clear message, educate and have a disciplinary process in place.

  24. terrific, now how long will it take all his non-gay fellow players to come out and declare publicly their sexuality?

    be they straight or bisexual or gay.

    Why is it only gays who declare their sexuality publicly?

    1. Because people are homophobic against gays and it can help suicidal kids come out??? Who’s heterophobic against straights? I never got that memo!

      I’ll have some of what you’re having if you live in such a perfect world lol!

    2. Because heterosexuality is the norm, whether you like it or not.
      Unlike most other minorities, gay people are not always apparently obvious.
      (“Mum, Dad. I’ve got something to tell you… I’m black.”)

    3. Only a fery small minority of gays declare their sexuality publicly, because of fear for ostracism. We , in Belgium, have the first openly gay prime minister in the world (Elio di Rupo).

  25. “Oh ma gawd, ees soo fit! Id love ta play wiv his balls all day. Oh yeah.” thought most of the readers of this article.

    1. You can read minds???

  26. Good Luck to him.
    I hope it starts the ball rolling and gives more gay players the courage to come out. Sweden is, I think, a more mature country than the UK where sexual matters are concerned. Therefore I don’t see this having much impact on the deeply entrenched homophobia in British football

  27. It is amazing how many layers of society miss out on the talents of many people because of prejudices towards them, You win in a tolerant society, and especially a society that embraces everyone, talents and all. They get the rewards that are shared among them by each individual.

    Good for Anton……you have bettered Sweden by coming out!

  28. Proud Gay Canadian 10 Mar 2011, 1:33am

    What a wonderful role model this young man is ! I congratulate Anton Hysen for coming out and being true to himself ! Wonderful to see that his father also supports him ! We need so many more heroes like him …

    1. THANK YOU!!

  29. What a fantastic example.

    And apart from anything else, according to Wikipedia his father, grandfather, great-uncle and both his brothers are or were also professional footballers, so surely no-one can now claim that being gay and being a footballer are, genetically speaking, mutually exclusive!

  30. What we need is a “Footballers coming out day” where all gay footballers come out on the same day, no one person could be targeted by the press.

    1. Rev Steve Smith 10 Mar 2011, 4:29pm

      What a great encouragement for young gay people. Coming out is always a brave thing to do, especially with some of the neanderthal attitudes that still persist in football (and yes, in the church too) Congratulations and God bless you Anton!
      Vicar, All Hallows Anglican Church,Leeds

  31. Dan Filson 10 Mar 2011, 5:38pm

    50 comments so far on this story and only 3 on the Turkish referee story. That says something – how easy is it for a referee to come out?!

    1. Agreed. A Muslim one at that.
      He’s not going to be flavour of the month, that’s for sure.

  32. SteveDenver 11 Mar 2011, 8:23pm

    It heartens me when highly visible people in situations not traditionally welcoming of gays and lesbians put it on the line to proclaim who they are.
    Thank you, Anton!

  33. Right, I’m off to Sweden

  34. Anton – well done! Football is not supportive of homosexuality – your coming out is a brave and brilliant move! I just wish that the gay premiership players in the UK would come out, and secondly, a UK team grabs you and you come over here and shine your light over us all!

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