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German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells gay German footballers it’s OK to come out

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for gay footballers in the country not to be afraid of revealing their homosexuality.

ESPN has the story:

The German chancellor Angela Merkel has told gay players they need not fear coming out after a Bundeliga player, in an anonymous interview, said he believed homosexuals would never fit with the heterosexual nature of the game.

The player, who spoke to Fluter, said he, along with several other players in Germany’s top division, is gay and explained: “I have to be an actor every day and go into self-denial.”

His remarks led Merkel, speaking at a press conference in Berlin, to say: “You need not fear. I am of the opinion that everyone who has the strength and courage [to come out] should know that we live in a state where he essentially does not have to be fearful. That is my political statement.”

The chancellor said German politics had made a lot of progress to get to a stage at which politicians could, if they chose to, be open about their sexuality. Prominent gay politicians include the Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit – who said “I am gay – and that’s a good thing, too” – and foreign secretary Guido Westerwelle.

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