Thirty-one-year-old soccer player Thomas Hitzlesperger announced that he is gay in German newspaper Die Zeit. The former Aston Villa midfielder, who has won 52 caps, is now “the most prominent footballer to publicly reveal his homosexuality,” says the BBC. “I’m coming out about my homosexuality because I want to move the discussion about homosexuality among professional sportspeople forwards [sic],” he said. While he says he just realized “in the past few years” that he was gay he says it wasn’t always easy keeping his secret while playing professional soccer. “Just picture 20 men sat around a table together drinking – you’ve just got to let the majority be, just as long as the jokes are halfway funny and the talk about homosexuality doesn’t get too insulting,” he said.