A BBC presenter and football player has come out as gay to his teammates for the first time in a heartwarming segment on the BBC’s One Show.
Richie Anderson was followed by cameras for the past few weeks as he studied the impact of coming out as gay in the sports world for a short One Show film.
In the film he discussed issues around being gay in football in general, drawing on his own experience as a Sunday League footballer.
He also met with a gay football manager who manages a team made up of players who don’t identify as gay as well as members of a gay football team in Birmingham.
Anderson, who has been out to friends and family for some years, was filmed the first time he came out to his teammates.
He told them: “One of the big issues we’ve looked at [in my One Show film], it’s really close to my heart.
“It’s homophobia in football. And the reason why that means a lot to me is that I’m a gay footballer. I just wanted to be open and honest because with you lot, it’s just been class.”
Despite fearing rejection, Richie instead was met with hugs and handshakes all around, as his teammates assured him that being gay certainly wouldn’t negatively impact his status with the squad.