Anton Hysén came out as gay to a Swedish football magazine in March 2011. The Daily Mail has described him as the "first high-profile Swedish footballer to announce that he is gay" and as only the second active professional football player to come out, after Justin Fashanu in 1990. The BBC called him "a global one-off".
Hysén says he has had no problems with homophobia since coming out.
Anton Hysén was ranked number 101 in the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List 2011.
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1364501/Anton-Hysen-son-Liverpool-star-Glenn-reveals-hes-gay.html "Son of former Liverpool star Glenn Hysen becomes first high-profile Swedish footballer to reveal that he's gay" Daily Mail 9 March 2011
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/timfranks/2011/03/a_mans_game.html Tim Franks, "Hysen stands tall in 'man's game" BBC News 21 March 2011
- Patrick Barkham http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/mar/29/anton-hysen-afraid-coming-out/ "Anton Hysén: Anyone afraid of coming out should give me a call", The Guardian, 29 March 2011