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Look at all the support for Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin after he comes out as gay

"I want to thank my teammates for their unconditional support for who I am."

June 29, 2018 - 2:30 pm

(WCCO Radio) Minnesota United midfielder Colin Martin came out as a gay on Friday morning, making him only active openly gay male athlete in any of the U.S.'s five major professional sports. 

Martin, 23, has played two seasons with Minnesota United, said in a statement posted to Twitter that he has been out as a gay man for years with friends and family, including teammates and management at MNUFC.

“I have reached only kindness and acceptance from every Major League Soccer and that has made the decision to come out publicly that much easier. As we celebrate Pride night, I want to thank my teammates for their unconditional support for who I am,” he said in a Tweet on Friday morning.

He immediately received an outpouring of support on Twitter, including from teammate and Minnesota native, Eric Miller.

And star striker Christian Ramirez joined in: 

MNUFC supporters group The Dark Clouds had a simple but powerful message: 



As did the team's official account:

The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for LGBTQ civil rights:

Erin Maye Quade, who is running for Lt. Govenor on Erin Murphy's ticket: 

The Timberwolves: 

The Lynx:

We'll add more throughout the day. 

Martin is now the only openly gay player in the MLS. Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay player in the MLS when he played his first game for the LA Galaxy in 2013  — Rogers had previously come out following his departure from Leeds United in the English Championship league. The wing-back retired last year.

Michael Sam came out before being selected in the 2014 NFL draft,  and eventually became the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. Jason Collins became the first openly gay player to play in the NBA when he signed with the Nets in 2014. He retired that same year.