For the first time last week, a current member a Bundesliga team, under the cloak of anonymity, came forward in an interview about being gay and closeted as a football player in Germany's top league.
The interview, conducted by Adrian Bechtold, a 25-year-old journalist, appeared on Tuesday in the online edition of Fluter, a youth magazine published by the respected Federal Agency for Civic Education (BPB).
"I pay a high price for living my dream of playing in the Bundesliga," the athlete said. No, and none of the other gay players in the Bundesliga that he knows are either. But you can imagine that months of playing this hiding game is pure poison for a couple," he said. Of course, success playing football was subsequently great.
"I have to put on a show and deny my true identity every day." Bechtold worked for almost a year to get the athlete's story, gaining his trust and promising "a hundred times" that his name wouldn't be revealed. But there was a corollary price to pay." Merkel Says Gays Shouldn't Be Afraid to Come Out At a press conference to open the Bundesliga Integration Game Days last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out on the issue, saying athletes should not be afraid to come out in Germany.
It can also be used to describe anyone who is hiding part of their identity because of social pressure.
In late 20th-century America, the closet had become a central metaphor for grasping the history and social dynamics of gay life.
Rudis "sexuelles" Charisma auf der Bühne, sein erotischer "Magnetismus" wirkte schon früh.
Allein die bloßen Eckdaten dieses exzessiven Lebens bieten jedem Biographen mehr Schreibstoff, als er gemeinhin hoffen darf: Geburt in der Transsibirischen Eisenbahn, Kindheit in Armut und Unwissenheit, Flucht vor den Kommunisten und dem KGB in den Westen, kometenhafter Aufstieg zu Weltruhm, Glamour und Reichtum, schließlich der langsame, quälende Abstieg und tapferer, aber vergeblicher Kampf gegen die tödliche Krankheit.
Das sind Stationen einer abenteuerlichen Lebensreise, aus denen sich leicht Legenden stricken lassen.
Chancellor Angela Merkel says athletes shouldn't be afraid to come out. In a 2008 interview with public broadcaster ZDF, Mario Basler, the Bundesliga's leading scorer in 1995 and more recently a trainer in the lower leagues, notoriously said that he didn't believe there were any gay football players in Germany's top league.
Even if few would believe him, there was no evidence to the contrary besides sheer statistics.