Swedish footballer (European soccer) Anton Hysen encourages gay youth to be themselves in a behind-the-scenes look at an upcoming photo spread for UK gay glossy Attitude.

Hysen, the son of former Liverpool defender Gleen Hysen, announced he's gay in March during an interview with the football magazine Offside, just weeks after English cricketer Steven Davies made a similar announcement.

The 20-year-old Utsiktens BK player is the first high-profile Swedish football player to announce that he is gay. He joins several top European athletes who have publicly outed themselves during their careers, including 24-year-old Davies and Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas, who came out gay nearly two years ago.

“For the young people that are worried to come out I just have really this to say,” Hysen said in the 1-minute-25-second video. “Just be yourself. Step up. Do not let anybody like take you down or step on you for anything.”

“Just be yourself, that's all that matters,” he added. “They don't like it, then doesn't matter, it's about yourself and being comfortable in [sic] yourself.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)