At Sports Media LGBT+, we’re supporting the new podcast project from Adam McCabe who, having spoken of his own experiences of being a gay footballer, is now amplifying the voices of other inspirational LGBT+ individuals in the sport. Here’s Adam to introduce episode one…
When I was deciding who to put on for this first episode, it was really an easy decision for me… It’s a full circle moment.Adam McCabe
Back in February 2017, I was interviewed by Sky Sports Digital‘s Home Page Editor, Jon Holmes, and we navigated my journey of being a closeted footballer attempting to climb the professional soccer pyramid in England.
I felt Jon really captured the essence of my journey and my struggles, and also the challenges in the modern game surrounding homophobia.
I thought it was only fair to have Jon as the first interview for this
The response from Jon’s article was incredible. I had hundreds of individuals reach out to me and share their stories and experiences. I had closeted athletes in other sports ask me for advice.
The article really inspired a wide variety of people, but most importantly it really inspired me to do more. Jon’s article opened me up to the possibilities of being an activist, a role model, and a positive light in the community – and I decided to take that opportunity
Initially, I became more active and vocal about my
Secondly, in May 2018, I began to write as a columnist for Prost Amerika. I knew that I had a voice and an opportunity to give my opinion about football and LGBTQ issues across the globe. I could draw from my experience as a professional level footballer and offer my opinions and viewpoints. I now run a column titled ‘The Gay Footballer’ where I discuss the good and bad news in the footballing world surrounding the LGBTQ culture. My first article – ‘The Atlanta United experience; An LGBTQ fan’s perspective’ – gained international attention and coverage after examining Atlanta United’s inaugural game as a club, and the homophobic language that
Whether giving me advice, editing my pieces, or being a soundboard to bounce off ideas, he’s been there for me. A friend, a mentor, a leader in his work, Jon continues to push the envelope and create a positive culture around sports and inclusivity.
As I release this first episode, I recall my initial thoughts in creating this podcast. I think about my experience as a footballer, and wishing there was something that could help me through my struggle with my sexuality. I think about the days when I hated the sport I had played for over 20 years of my life, and the negative person I was.
This podcast has been created to shine a light on the football industry and LGBTQ individuals who exist in this space. However, this podcast is also for the younger me. It is for the closeted players in the football world that need an outlet. It is for those players who think they are all alone and have nobody. It is for those players that are scared and are fighting to be the modern footballer. This podcast is for you. It’s a platform to know you are important, valued, and that you can be your authentic self.
If we ever hope to have an openly gay footballer in the highest divisions of world football, we must provide a safe place for them to be themselves.
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To get in touch with Adam, drop him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org – and check back here for more coverage of ‘The Gay Footballer’s Podcast’ in the coming weeks.