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Jakub Jankto, Czech Football Star Comes Out As Gay

Jakub Jankto, Czech Football Star Comes Out As Gay

Jakub Jankto
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The athlete shared he wants to “live his life in freedom.”

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Jakub Janto, a professional football player best known for playing for Sparta Prague and for the Czech Republic national team, came out today as gay in a powerful video posted to his social media.

“Like everybody else, I have my strengths, I have my weaknesses. I have my family, I have my friends,” he began in the Twitter video. “I have a job, which I have been doing as best as I can for years with seriousness, professionalism, and passion.

“Like everybody else, I also want to live my life in freedom without fears, without prejudice, without violence, but with love. I am homosexual, and I no longer want to hide myself,” he continued.

The video ends with the caption: “This is not entertainment. The purpose of this video is to encourage others.”

Watch Jakub Jankto’s coming out video below.

The video is beautiful and powerful, and the comments are flooded with supportive messages from people showing solidarity with his choice to step out of the closet.

We're with you, Jakub. Football is for everyone 🏳️‍

— Premier League (@premierleague) February 13, 2023

As a football community, it's important that we stand together and support one another. Football is for everyone. Love is love.

Jakub, we are here to support you every step of the way

— RC Celta (@RCCelta) February 13, 2023

We're with you, @jakubjanktojr! Football is for everyone.

— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball) February 13, 2023

These are the tides turning in real time - to have a current, top level professional footballer come out will make massive waves in making the sport and the world more welcoming and inclusive. I hope he's given the respect he deserves. Thank you, Jakub

— Ben Summer (@bm_summer) February 13, 2023

Thank you for the bravery of sharing this. Hopefully, there will be a time when this won't be noticeable and no one will care if a player is attracted by men or women. And I hope this will free you and let you live happier from now on. Football is for everyone!

— Jose Caballero (@Riflinho) February 13, 2023


This is so important, for You and for so many others who still do not feel comfortable enough to come out. This environment is one of the most difficult and it makes me hopeful that maybe something is gonna change: with Your help too!
Wish You nothing but love and joy!

— Anastasia (@StasHappyEra) February 13, 2023

Jankto is following in the footsteps of queer athletes like Campbell Johnstone, Josh Cavallo, and Jake Daniels who have also helped pave the way for more athletes to feel safe coming out and sharing their full authentic queer lives with the world.

Congrats Jakub and welcome to the family!

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.