‘Weight of the world is now off my shoulders’: Zander Murray becomes the first senior Scottish player to come out as gay

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'Weight of the world is now off my shoulders': Zander Murray becomes the first senior Scottish player to come out as gay

Zander Murray of Gala Fairydean Rovers revealed last week that he is gay, making him the first senior Scottish player to do so.

Since becoming the first senior Scottish footballer to reveal his sexual orientation, the footballer has been inundated with messages of support.

'Weight of the world is now off my shoulders': Zander Murray becomes the first senior Scottish player to come out as gay
Zander Murray

According to him, he made the decision to assist others who are having difficulty opening up.

Earlier in May, Blackpool midfielder Jake Daniels came out as gay, making him the first active professional player in the UK to do so since Justin Fashanu in 1990.

Jake Daniels

Murray described the last few days as a “whirlwind,” and he is “humbled” by the positive response he has received.

He said on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland:

It’s been crazy, I’ll be honest.’I didn’t anticipate the reach it’s reached and how many people it’s inspired and motivated and the lovely messages.

The private messages of people and fans alike, people from other communities, from other sports, football players in the leagues messaging me support, asking for guidance and help.

It fills my heart with so much joy, and to be sitting here I’m so humbled. It’s amazing.

He added:

Being open about my sexuality feels like the weight of the world is now off my shoulders.It’s been so challenging, mainly in my head, I’ll be brutally honest, I’ve just created so many issues with it.

And obviously things have happened in the past, that’s been preying on my mind, and not having a lot of role models growing up, that was a huge challenge for me.

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