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England cricketer Davies admits being gay

entertainment Updated: Mar 02, 2011 02:01 IST
Aaron Rohan George

By announcing that he is gay, 24-year-old England cricket team wicketkeeper Steven Davies has become the unlikely new icon for people still struggling with their sexual orientation. Davies, who is the reserve wicketkeeper for the current England cricket squad competing in the ongoing World Cup, made the announcement on Monday in England.

“It’s something I’ve lived with, for a long time. Although I feel it is the right time. I am nervous about coming out. Who wouldn’t be? It’s the biggest decision I’ve had to face, and by far the toughest—bigger even than facing Brett Lee in the middle,” he told the press, as he addressed them along with his family.

By becoming the first ever professional cricketer to come out Davies has also won numerous fans in the Capital. “Perhaps he’ll become an example for so many others,” says gay rights activist Sunil Gupta. “Hopefully, gay sportsmen in India will start acknowledging their sexuality now,” says gay activist Ashok Row Kavi.

Who is Steven Davies?
The wicketkeeper, 24, has played for England and the county team of Surrey. He has played ODI and Twenty20 cricket for England.

He came out, too...
At the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi in October 2010, openly gay diver Matthew Mitcham, 22, also become an icon for the LGBT community.