Craig Napier, a Scottish category one referee, has come out as gay, stating that "we need to see the climate change."
Since Justin Fashanu played for Airdrie and Hearts in the mid-1990s, many years after disclosing his sexuality, the 32-year-old becomes the first out homosexual person in Scottish men's professional football.
In a video posted to the Scottish Football Association's Twitter account, Napier said he wants to assist people in his situation to overcome the "stigma" and "fear" of exposing their sexuality.
"It's something that I never thought I would be sitting here doing," he said. "It's something that I've obviously lived with for a long time. It's been a difficult journey to get to this point, but over the last couple of years, it's become a lot easier.”
More Sports from SFGN
The Los Angeles Dodgers have sold over 15,000 ticket packages for its LGBTQ Pride Night on June 3, breaking the club's previous record for the most tickets sold for a Pride Night.
Given Dodger Stadium's capacity of around 56,000, this means that more than a quarter of the stadium's total capacity will have purchased Pride Night ticket packages more than a week before the game.
“I am beyond thrilled and humbled to see the overwhelming response and support of the Dodgers Pride Night in 2022,” said Erik Braverman to Outsports.
By game time, Braverman anticipates the Pride Night ticket packages to be sold out. The night's ticket sales total smashes any prior record for LGBTQ Pride Night ticket sales at a sporting event, which the Dodgers previously owned.