A personal trainer who grew up in Berkhamsted has appeared on national television in a bid to make a difference for the LGBT+ community in sport.
Jake Williamson appeared on both Sky News and Good Morning Britain last month to discuss being openly gay and working in the sporting industry after professional footballer Jake Daniels became the country’s first openly gay professional footballer.
The move made Daniels the first professional footballer to come out in more 30 years, a decision praised by Jake who has been trying to break some of the stigma surrounding the LGBT+ community in sport since he came out.
Speaking to BerkhamstedNews, Jake said he decided to start speaking out on his Instagram in a bid to help others.
He said: “Growing up there wasn’t really anyone that I knew that was out and gay and no one really spoke about it either, it was quite ‘taboo’.
“I started thinking about what I could do to help someone else who was sporty but didn’t really see themselves fitting in and because of that wasn’t able to come out and be openly gay.
“Even though I don’t have a massive platform, for me if it helps one or two people that’s great.”
Jake added that it was great to appear on national television to discuss the matter but said it’s a shame it’s taken so long for the conversation to come up.
He said: “It’s hard because you want more than the seven minutes or so because there’s just so much more you can talk about.
“The response I’ve had since has been brilliant. Several people have thanked me for being a voice because a lot of people aren’t prepared to do that.
“It’s been on everyone’s tongues for years and it’s about making it a normal thing which people aren’t afraid to do.”