Keegan Hirst, rugby player comes out

  • 1AlanZSky

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    Aug 17, 2015 7:19 PM GMT
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33957207

    Apparently rugby is a macho sport and he did not think it was conceivable that he might even be gay.

    It is imprinted upon us that we should get married, have gf/wives and have kids and children...

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199650/Married-rugby-league-player-comes-gay-openly-homosexual-player-sport.html

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    He looks like a mixture of Ben Cohen and Billy Santoro

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    WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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    Aug 17, 2015 7:44 PM GMT
    that last pic is just wrong, did he dye his beard and hair?
    Ouh that's a differnet guy icon_biggrin.gif

    well that last pic guy is unattractive while he is attractive, definitely attractive icon_lol.gif his hunky looks with pale skin goes great together
  • 1AlanZSky

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    Aug 17, 2015 7:46 PM GMT
    bonaparts saidthat last pic is just wrong, did he dye his beard and hair?


    Billy Santoro? That is the last pic. He is hot!
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    Aug 17, 2015 7:47 PM GMT
    1AlanZSky said
    bonaparts saidthat last pic is just wrong, did he dye his beard and hair?


    Billy Santoro? That is the last pic. He is hot!



    no
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    Aug 17, 2015 9:25 PM GMT
    "I suppose there's been feelings there for a while but I was convinced it would go away.
    "I just thought it was a phase - it was inconceivable for me to think that I could be gay.

    I thought that when I was twelve or thirteen. By eighteen I was smart enough to know it wasn't a phase; however, it took me YEARS to finally accept myself. I'm happy to see it didn't take him as long as it took me. I wish him all the love, health, and happiness he deserves. I also hope his ex wife handles this with maturity.
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 17, 2015 11:39 PM GMT
    Congratulations to him and three cheers for more queer visibility in sports.
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    Aug 18, 2015 2:35 AM GMT
    Good for him.
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    Aug 18, 2015 2:37 AM GMT
    Fuck yeah! icon_biggrin.gif

    It's time more "macho" men come out and change the general public's media-enhanced perception of what "gay" is.
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    Aug 18, 2015 4:03 AM GMT
    johan101 saidWho gives a fuck what a soccer play does... so he's a queer aren't most soccer player?
    Rugby =/= soccer. Do your research so you don't seem so ignorant of sports.

    Oh and yes it's VERY important for sports professionals to come out. This whole stereotype of gay guys not being into sports is way too outdated and over-hyped in the media. MOST gay guys don't fit that stereotype, and it's time we take the limelight from the sissies (which they used to be called in the 70's/80's).
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    Aug 18, 2015 4:08 AM GMT
    Yes, please!
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    Aug 18, 2015 4:11 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    johan101 saidWho gives a fuck what a soccer play does... so he's a queer aren't most soccer player?
    Rugby =/= soccer. Do your research so you don't seem so ignorant of sports.

    Oh and yes it's VERY important for sports professionals to come out. This whole stereotype of gay guys not being into sports is way too outdated and over-hyped in the media. MOST gay guys don't fit that stereotype, and it's time we take the limelight from the sissies (which they used to be called in the 70's/80's).


    SO true. I was in a college lockerroom about 5 years ago (my last year of schooL) and it is a TOUGH environment to be openly gay in. Guys need to see that its completely normal for another man to be gay and that theyre not going to "look" and stare at them or come onto them etc etc etc.
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    ChilaxinJOCK09 said
    paulflexes said
    johan101 saidWho gives a fuck what a soccer play does... so he's a queer aren't most soccer player?
    Rugby =/= soccer. Do your research so you don't seem so ignorant of sports.

    Oh and yes it's VERY important for sports professionals to come out. This whole stereotype of gay guys not being into sports is way too outdated and over-hyped in the media. MOST gay guys don't fit that stereotype, and it's time we take the limelight from the sissies (which they used to be called in the 70's/80's).


    SO true. I was in a college lockerroom about 5 years ago (my last year of schooL) and it is a TOUGH environment to be openly gay in. Guys need to see that its completely normal for another man to be gay and that theyre not going to "look" and stare at them or come onto them etc etc etc.
    Oh yes we are going to look and stare!

    The straight ones do the same to women, and expect those actions to be considered normal. On that same note, they should be just as accepting (maybe even flattered) when their gay teammates look and stare at them (unless they're unattractive). icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 18, 2015 4:38 AM GMT
    @paulflexes, that wouldn't be very smart thing to do in a large lockerroom with country football players from NC, SC, and GA. I'd probably be killed lol.
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    Aug 18, 2015 5:04 AM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 said@paulflexes, that wouldn't be very smart thing to do in a large lockerroom with country football players from NC, SC, and GA. I'd probably be killed lol.
    I've been shot, stabbed, and gang-banged...just because I was honest about my feelings...even though I had no intention of acting on those feelings.

    I've also had self-defense training, so I shot back, stabbed a homophobe or two, and beat up a dude or two who retaliated against my honesty.

    Having balls of steel is a pretty good way to battle homophobia when it arises from the ashes.

    After all, when's the last time you heard about a female getting away with violence just because a guy told her she's pretty? icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 18, 2015 7:06 AM GMT
    He looks a little bit like Chris Pratt. Lol, kinda cute I guess, I don't like the whole beard scruffy baby bear thing going on. icon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_lol.gif
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    Aug 18, 2015 9:00 AM GMT
    I read his interview about the time he told his wife and how she felt about it.

    I can't even imagine what that moment was like for both of them.
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    Aug 18, 2015 9:27 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan said"I suppose there's been feelings there for a while but I was convinced it would go away.
    "I just thought it was a phase - it was inconceivable for me to think that I could be gay.

    I thought that when I was twelve or thirteen. By eighteen I was smart enough to know it wasn't a phase; however, it took me YEARS to finally accept myself. I'm happy to see it didn't take him as long as it took me. I wish him all the love, health, and happiness he deserves. I also hope his ex wife handles this with maturity.


    The interviews he has given suggest that she has reacted better than might be expected to the news, and that they are on good terms.

    Sadly I can understand wives who react poorly to the news that their partner deceived them about a fundamental aspect of themselves. There aren't many heterosexual marriages that can survive such news.
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    Aug 18, 2015 9:31 AM GMT
    1AlanZSky saidhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33957207

    Apparently rugby is a macho sport and he did not think it was conceivable that he might even be gay.

    It is imprinted upon us that we should get married, have gf/wives and have kids and children...

    WHAT DO YOU THINK?


    In the interviews that he has given he has talked about his upbringing and previous jobs influencing his internalised homophobia. While I'm sure it is daunting to come out while playing rugby professionally, it may have been considerably more difficult for him in earlier scenarios.

    Having read some of what Gareth Thomas has said about coming out, and knowing many gay men who have played rugby to a high amateur standard, it seems that rugby may be a more accepting sport that the 'macho' image might suggest. Football/soccer seems to be a considerably more homophobic sport in the UK.
  • tobyb

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    Aug 18, 2015 2:52 PM GMT
    Agreed. I think rugby is definitely more accepting of gay men than soccer is. Partly that's because so many gay women play rugby. As a result, most rugby clubs, both purely amateur ones and those with a pro or semi-pro team, got used to having openly gay people in their midst many years ago. Not so much for soccer, as far as I know, and certainly at the pro level.
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    Aug 18, 2015 2:55 PM GMT
    How do we get him, and other recently out athletes onto RJ?
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    Aug 18, 2015 6:41 PM GMT
    just hope he remains the masculine guy that he is , showing the way that men who love men, can be, and are are still masculine, and that desiring and loving another man doesn't mean that you have Gay gay, camp or feminine taking as back to days before procreation and religious brain washing , when Alexander the great showed us all, that the masculine with the masculine is right and normal an force to be reckoned with .
  • AttisXVI

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    Aug 18, 2015 6:46 PM GMT
    Jesus that man is beautiful. Given the culture of Rugby I can image why he thought he couldn't be gay if gay people are "feminine".

    Also, there have been pro athletes on RJ. There was a (closeted) guy who turned out to be some major Spanish or South American football player, and left Realjock after coming out.
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    Aug 18, 2015 7:17 PM GMT
    jeepguySD saidHow do we get him, and other recently out athletes onto RJ into my bed?
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    Aug 18, 2015 7:20 PM GMT
    FitD saidjust hope he remains the masculine guy that he is , showing the way that men who love men, can be, and are are still masculine, and that desiring and loving another man doesn't mean that you have Gay gay, camp or feminine taking as back to days before procreation and religious brain washing , when Alexander the great showed us all, that the masculine with the masculine is right and normal an force to be reckoned with .


    I hope he acts however the f*ck he wants to.
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    Aug 18, 2015 11:19 PM GMT
    FitD saidjust hope he remains the masculine guy that he is , showing the way that men who love men, can be, and are are still masculine, and that desiring and loving another man doesn't mean that you have Gay gay, camp or feminine taking as back to days before procreation and religious brain washing , when Alexander the great showed us all, that the masculine with the masculine is right and normal an force to be reckoned with .


    You sound so mean and judgmental!