On Sunday pro ice hockey player Zach Sullivan came out as bisexual on social media.
“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,” he wrote to Twitter. Sullivan is a part of the Elite Ice Hockey League. “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. I have never been more proud to wear a jersey before, especially one that celebrates all gender identities and sexualities.”
In a photo alongside the announcement, Sullivan wore a special edition jersey with two teammates, depicting the rainbow flag.
Sullivan plays for Manchester Storm and is the first person in the league to ever come out. He is also believed to be the first professional ice hockey player to come out as bisexual according to the BBC.
The athlete hopes that he will be able to inspire others.
His team supported the announcement.
“We are all extremely proud of you, Zach!” Manchester Storm wrote to Twitter. “You’re a role model for so many people, young and old, in the sporting world. Someone knowing they can be themselves is a true testament to everything our club and sport stand for.”
Sullivan has also played with the Glaslow Clan for five seasons, helping to win four Gardiner Conference titles.