Pro handball player Ola Hoftun Lillelien comes out as gay! #PinkInOurLives #PinkPress πŸ’–

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Pro handball player Ola Hoftun Lillelien has proudly came out as a gay man!!!

Lillelien, 22, plays for the nation of Denmark. For those unfamiliar, handball is a very popular sport in Europe, wherein teams play keep away with a ball as they try to toss it in the opposing team’s goal. Think of it as a combination of basketball and soccer.

Lillelien took to Instagram to share the emotional revelation with his fans. In coming out, he becomes one of the few openly LGBTQ players in the league.

β€œI have been thinking for a long time about whether I should publish this post, but I now understand that it is something I want,” he wrote. β€œNot for my own part, but to be a role model. Not just for young people, but for everyone. About half a year ago, I told my family, friends and teammates that I most likely do not end up with a sweet girl, but a handsome boy. The response was exclusively positive!”

β€œApril 21, 2022, it is 50 years since it was decriminalized to love whoever you want in Norway,” he continued. β€œThis post is not posted for me to receive confirmation or recognition, but for me to proudly thank those who before me have fought for my right to love the one I want. I hope society today has come so far that boys and girls do not have to feel the fear of not being accepted for who they are. It is not a sensation to be in love and in love with someone, so I hope we have gotten there that it does not turn out to be a big deal.”

Lillelien then quoted King Harald V’s 2016 speech in which he reaffirmed Norway as a nation of equality for queer people.

β€œI say like the king: Norway is boys who love boys, girls who love girls, and girls and boys who love each other,” Lillelien concluded. β€œAs an athlete, I have only gotten to know warmth, joy and unity, and that’s what sport is all about! Sport has room for everyone, including you and me. Because I’m still just me, Ola.”

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