By being himself.
Hours before the Loons and their faithful came together for a Week 18 match against FC Dallas (8 pm ET | TV & streaming info) to showcase the inclusiveness and diversity of MLS clubs and their supporters, the 23-year-old Martin shared a personal message on social media:
Tonight my team, @MNUFC , is having their Pride night. It's an important night for me — I'll be announcing that I am an openly gay player in Major League Soccer. #soccerforall pic.twitter.com/cOJQXfrBiv— Collin Martin (@martcw12) June 29, 2018
Minnesota’s Pride Night is just one of many around the league during the month of June as MLS and its clubs bring to life the “Soccer For All” mantra in stadiums across MLS this month.
“We admire Collin's courage, and are proud of him and of the support from the soccer community,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.
And that’s what Pride Nights and Pride Months are all about.
You the man Col! Proud to call you a teammate and friend! Now Let’s go get this W!— Christian Ramirez (@Chris_Ramirez17) June 29, 2018
Proud of this guy who is an incredible person and amazing teammate. Takes so much courage to be one of the first to come out, but everyone at @MNUFC is fully supporting you. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 https://t.co/FkQu6Vo0Wz— Eric Miller (@emillller) June 29, 2018
You can read more about Martin's coming out story in this profile by Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.