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Watch: Professional Hockey Player Jon Lee-Olsen Comes Out as Gay on Live TV

Tuesday Oct 8, 2019
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Professional hockey player Jon Lee-Olsen is making headlines this week for coming out as gay on live TV during an interview with a Danish news show, OutSports reports.

Lee-Olsen, who is a goalkeeper for Rungsted Seier Capital in Rungsted, Denmark, is the first professional male ice hockey player to be out in Denmark and the only out ice hockey player competing professionally in the world, according to the site.

"There's a risk that some people might shout and heckle me while I'm playing matches. It's something I have to be ready for and be mature about. But I feel that I'm ready to show that you can be gay and play ice hockey," the 27-year-old athlete said, according to OutSports, which translated his comments from Danish to English. "It took longer than I expected, but now I'm ready to stand up for myself and others."

OutSports also notes that Danish NHL player Lars Eller of the Washington Capitals showed support for Lee-Olsen, saying that his coming out is "special."

"You might say that about any sport, but ice hockey has a very macho culture, so I think it must not have been an easy decision for him. It's very brave," he said.

Watch Lee-Olsen's interview by clicking here — it should be noted it is in Danish.

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