November 11th, 2011

David Testo: One Step Forward

Images via canadiansoccernews, wikipedia.

Former Montreal Impact MVP David Testo announced yesterday that he is gay.

The midfielder, who also played for Columbus Crew and the Vancouver Whitecaps, was cut from the Impact’s roster a month ago, and said in his statement that he regrets not coming out publicly earlier.¬†He has apparently struggled with the issue for his entire career.

This may not appear particularly newsworthy to anyone to not obsessed with the intimate details of footballers lives (yay us!). But the story has attracted wider attention than that of say, Anton Hysen, because Testo’s sexuality was apparently common knowledge among his friends, colleagues and even his club prior to signing him.

The dressing room reaction is frequently cited as a reason why gay players prefer to keep their sexuality a secret. Fortunately, as time passes and the species evolves, this attitude among footballers seems to be less¬†prevalent. If it wasn’t for a certain section of fans and their neanderthal attitudes, we might expect to see more elite professionals coming out in the next few years.

Sadly we think there’s some way to go before this happens. Especially since it seems that some people still have a problem with black guys playing football.

Sigh.

 

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7 Responses to “David Testo: One Step Forward”

  1. Zoraida says:

    well done, sir!

  2. Agnes Wonka says:

    Congratulations to his bravery!

  3. sarrible says:

    I look forward to the day when we eviscerate the fashion sense of footballers' HABs as well as the WAGs.

  4. Gladys says:

    Not only is it so important that he came out (and for more ballers to do so), but it's even better to hear that basically everyone, including his club already knew and were fine with it. I can only assume/hope that, in 2011, this is the case with other players and that more will come out. Every bit of progress counts!

  5. elsebethynwa says:

    Terrible that there is so much homophobia in football, In Denmark handball in a very popular sport and some of the female players in the national team are lesbians, and nobody has any issues with it. Apart from the funny gossip. This is 2011. No room for homophobia anywhere. On or off the pitch.

    • Kat22 says:

      Totally agree. It's such a shame that talented players have to live in fear of somebody finding out about their sexuality or are being forced to live a lie.