Anton Hysén Is Sweden’s First Openly Gay Pro Soccer Player

A 20 year old soccer player named Anton Hysén, who plays for Sweden’s Utsiktens BK team, revealed in an interview with Offside Magazine that he is gay. “I am a footballer. And gay. If I perform as a footballer, then I do not think it matters if I like girls or boys.” When discussing the fact that he’s the first high profile soccer player in Sweden to come out, he said, “It’s totally sick when you think about it. … Where the hell is everyone else?”

Hysén is originally from the UK, and his father (Glenn Hysén) is was a well known soccer player who played for Liverpool in the 80s. His father is very proud of his son for coming out. When Hysén Junior was asked if he felt like coming out would affect his career in any way, he said, “People may call me anything they want, it will just make me even more psyched.”

Wearing his soccer jersey.

Not wearing his soccer jersey. Which do you prefer? 🙂

  • Mike

    DANG! =)

  • Calan

    AWESOME!

  • Michael

    He is not from the UK. His dad (Glenn Hysén) used to play there as a pro. The guy is swedish.

  • Rob

    I love that he’s only been out five minutes and already has a Grindr photo!

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  • Lola

    @Michael Actually, Anton was born in the UK in 1990 while his dad was playing for Liverpool (Glenn played for the Reds from 1989-1992), so while he is of Swedish parentage, he *did* originally come from the UK.

  • Adam

    Congratulations Anton,i think it is real brave of you to come out in the beginning of your career and not wait till you are retired.We are all proud of you and wish you the best.Kick ass Anton!!

  • John M.

    If I looked that good, I might be gay, too.

  • OH yez Hes from Sweden allrihght :))) HE HE HE :)))

  • tony

    he is from the uk his dad is sweedish he was born in the uk

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