Former Germany international Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the latest high profile sportsman to publicly reveal he is gay.
The 31-year old who retired in September played 52 times for the Nationalmannschaft.
In a career spanning almost 14 years he had stints Aston Villa, Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham United, Wolfsburg and Everton.
Former Leeds United and USA international player Robbie Rogers came out as gay last year while Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz became the first openly gay boxer in October 2012.
Retired Welsh professional rugby player Gareth Thomas announced publicly that he is gay in 2009.
Britain’s most famous case was that of former Norwich City striker Justin Fashanu, who came out in 1990 but sadly committed suicide eight years later.