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Jake Daniels up for National Diversity Award after coming out

The 17-year-old is up for 'celebrity of the year'.

2022-06-29

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Alamy

Blackpool footballer, Jake Daniels, has been nominated for the 2022 National Diversity Awards after being the first British pro-footballer to come out as gay in more than 20 years.

The striker, 17, is up for 'Celebrity of the Year' along with Melanie Brown, Ashley Walters, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Lenny Henry, Lady Leshurr, Natalie Phillips, Alex George, Liz Carr, Stormzy, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Frankie Bridge.

 
 
 
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Reacting to the news Jake said on social media: "Absolutely over the moon to have been nominated. Absolutely crazy."

The footballer, who came out in May, is the first pro-British footballer to come out since the last Justin Fashanu, who came out in 1990. 

He told Sky Sports: "For a long time I've thought I would have to hide my truth because I wanted to be, and now I am, a professional footballer. I asked myself if I should wait until I've retired to come out. No other player in the professional game here is out."

But he said he'd had support from his family, friends, and teammates and that "now I am just confident and happy to be myself finally."

The winners of the National Diversity Awards will be announced on Friday 16 September at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

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