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Group coming out announced for May 17th

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Source: dpa/Martin Rickett

Marcus Urban was the first footballer to admit his homosexuality in 2007. Since then he has been trying to convince others to go public. Most recently he prepared a group coming out. Apparently successful.

The group coming out in professional football announced by gay former youth national player Marcus Urban is scheduled to take place on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia. “People from Austria, Germany and England want to come out,” said the 53-year-old on RTL. “I’m happy about the process, which is actually a bit upsetting. But I’m really happy about the trust that’s being placed in me.”

May 17th will be the first of many offers to come out publicly and in a group. After that it should be possible on the 17th of each month. The offer applies to athletes and club officials, regardless of their gender. “It is no longer an issue whether you are homosexual or heterosexual. But in football things have become even more rigid. It stayed that way. However, it is crumbling,” said Urban.

He was the first: Marcus Urban played in the German junior national team

Source: dpa/Jens Kalaene

Several clubs support Urban

With the “Sports Free” campaign, Urban and his colleagues want to prepare for coming out on a digital platform. Several Bundesliga clubs have already donated or pledged large amounts for “Sports Free”, including Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart, SC Freiburg and FC St. Pauli, Urban announced at the end of December.

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The Thuringian played in the youth national team and in the Rot-Weiß Erfurt youth team, but decided against a big career – and in favor of freedom. He ended his career in his early 20s because of his homosexuality. “It was very sad back then. Football was everything for me. I was really good and incredibly ambitious. To be honest: I would have trained until I became world champion. I also firmly believed in it and was convinced that it was only a matter of time. But at some point the game of hide-and-seek no longer worked. “I wasn’t free,” he told BILD AM SONNTAG last year.

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However, it was still a few years before he came out. He only made his sexual orientation public in 2007, but was still the first German footballer to publicly admit his homosexuality. Since that day, he has been fighting to ensure that like-minded people can have the courage to follow his example.

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