Norwegian Pro handball player, Ola Hoftun Lillelien has come out as gay.

In a post to Instagram on April 21, Lillelien, 22, who plays for Drammen HK, shared the news. 


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Translated it reads, “I have been thinking for a long time about whether I should publish this post, but I now understand that it is something I want. Not 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!

He went on to write, “I say like the king: Norway is boys who love boys, girls who love girls, and girls and boys who love each other. As 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.”

The announcement comes 50 years after Norway decriminalised homosexuality on April 21, 1972.

In coming out, he becomes one of the few openly LGBTQ players in the Norwegian First League of Handball.

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