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Matt Morton

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Matt Morton is an experienced director and board executive who has been involved in semi-professional and professional football for many years. He is the first professional footbal...

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What football team do you support?

The mighty Manchester United.

Did you always know you were gay?

Nope, I didn't. I think my story is quite unique as far as I know. Anyway, out of the hundreds of people that I've spoken to about this subject over the last few years, I'm the only person that in those conversations has come out later in life. So I spent most of my life so far completely oblivious to the fact that I was gay. I spent most of my life thinking I was a pretty typical straight guy, just either with a slightly lower sex drive or other priorities, but turns out I was wrong.

Did you ever have a girlfriend?

Yeah, I've had a few girlfriends, but I wouldn't really say I've had many serious ones. So I've had a lot of one week, one month, three month relationships, if you want to call it that. But I've only really had two that probably lasted more than six months. I had one for a year and one probably for about nine months, and it was the last one that I had actually, that made me really evaluate myself because I felt like I was in these relationships and in my mind, they were never really going to go the distance. They were never really going to progress, but it was just what I thought I should be doing, and each time I can kind of convince myself that I might be ready this time, but you just end up hurting people that you're with because you are not as emotionally invested as they end up being. And the last person that I was actually in a serious relationship with that kind of hurt me. I think as much as it hurt them, hurting them, hurt me, and I made a decision there, that would almost be the last relationship that I ever had, because I didn't want to do that to somebody again.

Why did you decide to speak publicly about coming out?

What made you decide to speak out publicly?