Several Gay Athletes Who Want To Come Out
Out rugby star Keegan Hirst says he has spoken to gay professional sportsmen who are waiting to come out.
“People are scared things will get worse or lose things,” Hirst told GSN. “I’ve gained things and things have got better coming out.”
He added, “It’s spring-boarded me into more work, and it’s just been amazing for me. Obviously it depends on individual circumstances. People don’t always have good experiences, so that’s why it’s not fair to encourage people to come out. But it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m really proud.”
Hirst, who came out in 2015 at age 27 after breaking up with his wife, revealed that he has had conversations with closeted guys and has given advice to them.
The outspoken LGBTQ activist added, “I’ve said how I found it. There’s been a few guys from a few different sports.”
Hirst also shared the reason why players are afraid to come out.
“It’s a lot more focused on football players, probably because there’s a lot more money involved,” he says. “While it shouldn’t matter who you date, it does. There’s also a big following in football. There’s a big call for people to come out, but it’s a personal thing. We’ve got to make it a good environment for someone to come out before it can actually happen.”
Hirst also shared some much needed advice for professional athletes who have yet to come out.
“You’ve just got to be in the right frame of mind,” he explains. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a sporstman or Joe Bloggs who works 9 to 5. You’ve got to be comfortable in your own skin. And have a good people around you. Do it when you’re ready to do it.”