Georgia Revolution player Adam McCabe
I’m working full-time for Hershey’s Chocolate, in sales and merchandising in the healthy snacking division. Georgia Revolution just started back up, so now until August, I’ll be playing with them. I’m also doing some travel to Israel.
This is in addition to some work you’re doing in the LGBT community?
I’m part of Rainbros, an LGBT peer mentoring group, helping in the health and fitness element. My other project concerns the Atlanta United MLS [Major League Soccer] team here. I went to the first game with my boyfriend and there was a lot of homophobic language said by our fans. I’m in the final processes of writing an article about my experience as an LGBT fan at the games and how there’s still mountains to climb in Major League Soccer. I’m writing this article in part to reach out to Atlanta United to see if they can consider a Pride night.
Take me back to where you started – how did you get to this point?
Adam McCabe, 25, started playing for the Georgia Revolution FC earlier this month. (Courtesy photo) professional soccer overseas in England, part of it was running away from my sexuality.
When one thinks of super macho sports, soccer doesn’t first come to mind. Is it truly that heteronormative of a sport?
In Europe, it’s seen as more macho. I was in England, which is one of the harshest and most macho countries for soccer. It’s known for being very physical and in your face. I definitely didn’t feel I could tell anyone just because of the way my teammates and coaches spoke.
You played from 2011 to 2014 before an injury ended your time in England, but you went on to play in other countries. Was the environment for gays any better? you had your lightbulb moment?
I was tired of 23 years of not being honest with myself. I met my boyfriend and he was great about letting me find out who I am. I started playing soccer again and was approached about playing for a team down in McDonough [The Georgia Revolution]. I started feeling more comfortable with myself and was ready to give back to the community.
Why do you think so many athletes are hesitant to come out?