Thomas Beattie, a friend of Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo explained how he helped him before coming out publicly. Cavallo made headlines around the world when he became the first professional footballer to come out as gay. He posted an emotional video on social media to explain his struggles for the past six years because of his sexuality. He also explained to his coaches and teammates before coming out to the wider public. Beattie who retired after suffering a serious head injury that forced him to retire publicly came out in June 2020.
“First and foremost, I wanted to be there for him and just tell him that I understood some of the emotions he was going through,” Thomas Beattie, a friend of Josh Cavallo said. “I advised him not to rush, to be patient, and to take it at his own pace. I also told him that everyone’s journey is different, that his journey is not going to be the same as mine. But I also wanted to reassure him that he would be OK and the moment he decides to embrace and accept himself, there’s going to be a huge community of people that will accept him with open arms.”
“There are not many people who have gone through that process,” he added. “I came out after I’d finished playing so for Josh, there were still a lot of new things to go through. He was a little bit apprehensive but he was ready. Living two lives is really tough – he wanted to combine them both and just exist, treated equally as the rest of his teammates were.”