Pro hockey player Zach Sullivan came out as bisexual via Twitter last month. 


“With this being the first ever EIHL #PrideWeekend I feel now is the best time to speak about what I have known for many years,” the 25-year old UK based hockey player tweeted. 

Sullivan is a part of the UK's Elite Ice Hockey League, which is the equivalent to the U.S.’s National Hockey League. Sullivan becomes the EIHL’s first openly LGBT player. 

“I have battled with mental health problems over this issue and with the support, understanding, and acceptance from my family, friends, and teammates, I finally feel ready to say; I’m bisexual,” he said. “I have never been more proud to wear a jersey before, especially one that celebrates all gender identities and sexualities.”

A photo accompanied this announcement with fellow teammates. Sullivan currently plays defense on the Manchester Storm hockey team. 

There are no out players in the National Hockey League and it’s believed Sullivan is the world’s first bisexual professional player to come out during their career.  

In October a former Finnish hockey player Janne Puhakka came out as gay. Also last year Jon Lee-Olsen, goalkeeper for Denmarks Rungsted Seier Capital, came out as gay.