Footballer Jake Daniels’ hometown marks his coming out in a unique way /Queerty

Footballer Jake Daniels (Photo: Twitter)

Earlier this week, 17-year-old professional soccer player Jake Daniels came out as gay. It made him the first British player to do so in over 30 years.

He was met with overwhelming support, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tweeter a message of congratulations. Representatives of Daniels’ football club, Blackpool FC, also said how proud they were of the player.

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Now the wider city of Blackpool in the north of England has also shown its visible support.

Blackpool, on Lancashire’s north-west coast, is renowned as a summer resort town, mainly for British blue-collar workers (it has a slight Coney Island vibe). It offers a large pleasure beach with massive roller coasters and the iconic Blackpool Tower, built in 1894.

He announced that he would light the tower in alternating rainbow colors and orange light for the rest of this week. Tangerine is the official color of the Blackpool FC players’ shirts.

Daniels, who was born in the village of Bispham, just outside Blackpool, was touched by the incredible show of support and tweeted his thanks.

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LGBTQ sports fans are hoping Daniels’ decision to come out early in his career will inspire other professional footballers to do so.

Others to post messages of support for Daniels include Elton John, Matt Lucas and Ian McKellen.

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