Thomas Hitzlsperger says that professional sport has become in the past few years, more tolerant. “There is, I think, now a whole other conversation level, even if we talk about sexual diversity. It is not such a taboo anymore as it was maybe five years ago,” said the former football Profi of the “ARD-Radio-Research-sports”.

In January 2014, the 36-Year-old had spoken in an Interview for the first time about his homosexuality. “I would like to bring a public debate to advance the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes,” he said at the time.

In the new Interview, Hitzlsperger also expressed criticism. From Fans to players who wanted to come out of the closet would not have to fear so much. Football Fans are now “much more enlightened, much more open-minded.”

the “own voice” to hear

“The problem is that the people have counselors and advisers around you, the advise also. The experience I did.” Had to be there to listen to his own voice. “Me too wanted to protect people, but that was wrong.” He had noticed after the Outing, that life is “going very, very well”. He was happy about his decision.

Hitzlsperger had come out after the end of his professional career. He is currently a playing member of the Board of VfB Stuttgart, ARD expert in countries and Ambassador for diversity of the German football Association.

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