LGBT Twitter icon Neville Southall bashes haters interrogating his sexuality
Twitter without Neville Southall is like cereal without milk.
The former goalkeeper of Everton came into everyone’s consciousness in the Twittersphere in October after posting a series of inspiring and hilarious tweets supporting and amplifying queer and trans people.
Whether it’s using skeletons to talk about trans issues or football to mention the lack of openly gay people in the sport, Southall has deservedly earned the title of social media legend.
I have learnt a lot about LGBT community
Everton fans would it bother u if we had first player to come out
Not bother me
— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) October 30, 2017
You should be proud of who u are
I am sure you have had a lot of highs and lows to get where you want to be
It’s a very nice photo
— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) October 31, 2017
Lesbian,gay,bi,trans skeletons sat on a cloud
No one gives a fuck
Pity not same on earth
— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) October 14, 2017
But in his latest battle, he has found people barraging him with questions about his own sexuality – simply because he is an advocate of LGBT rights.
Of course, that didn’t stop Neville reaching out in his signature fashion to talk about LGBT issues – with the help of a tiger emoji.
“I find it funny that if I tweet something about LGBT stuff people ask me if I am gay but if I tweet about animals they never ask if I am a tiger. Why,” he wrote.
I find it funny that if I tweet something about LGBT stuff people ask me if I am gay but if I tweet about animals they never ask if I am a tiger ?
— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) January 14, 2018
After receiving more thousands of retweets, Southall addressed the tweet’s success and said that although the tiger retweet has resulted in “much love”, there are still plenty of “cabbages” out there who don’t understand the importance of LGBT equality.
Well my tiger tweet has shown me much love but plenty of cabbages say stupid things
I obviously need to work harder to close gap between
2 different viewpoints ?
— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) January 15, 2018
Southall is also an ardent social justice campaigner, and works closely with the likes of UNISON to improve the rights of those living in both Liverpool and Wales.