A shirtless Robbie Rogers covers gay
glossy Attitude's Style Issue.
In a 14-page photo spread, Rogers, who
became the first active openly gay soccer player when he debuted with
the LA Galaxy last year, discusses his rocky coming out.
“Definitely in my career there were
so many times when I struggled with my mental health. That affected
the way I played,” Rogers said.
“For younger people that are closeted
and they see that it's illegal to be gay in Qatar, then they know
that the World Cup's going to be there and maybe they're football
fans? That's so damaging on their psyche, on their mental health.”
“My thing was that I was done and I
was going to [come out] on my own terms, away from a football club.
I was going to take some time to myself and no-one was going to try
and persuade me to do that while I was back in football and no-one
was going to persuade me to do it in any other way,” he added.
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