For this week’s Sports Stud, we’re featuring none other than Keegan Hirst. The 27-year old British rugby player became the first British rugby player to come out as gay. Speaking exclusively to Mirror UK, he talked about his struggle and decision to come out of the closet:
“At first I couldn’t even say ‘I’m gay’ in my head, let alone out loud. Now I feel like I’m letting out a long breath that I’ve held in for a long time.” Keegan adds: “I had a wife and kids. I’ve been a builder, doorman, worked in factories – I play rugby. I tick every macho box. How could I be gay? I’m from Batley for goodness sake. No one is gay in Batley… The only time I felt free of the torment was when I stepped on the rugby pitch. Now I feel free.”
Congratulations to Hirst! I hope it inspires others in sport to be true to themselves as well. Check out his pictures and interviews below.