Sam Stanley, a 23 year old English professional union player from Essex, comes out as gay in an interview with the Sunday Times.
Stanley told the Sunday Times, “You are so worried about what people will think, and I thought I couldn’t be a macho rugby player the way I was, and there was nothing else I wanted to do with my life.”
Stanley follows Batley Bulldogs’ Keegan Hirst, who recently came out as gay. At the time, Stanley publicly praised Hirst via Twitter.
Hirst became the first openly gay rugby league player to take part in a game earlier in August.
Additionally, rugby star Gareth Thomas came out in 2009.
Congrats Sam! Good on you! Visibility is what helps the rest of the world see we’re like everyone else. Only maybe a little more fabulous.
I know we’ll be seeing a lot more of Stanley in the coming weeks.
And speaking of “seeing more” – check out Stanley’s Instagram video playing guitar and singing (naked?) James Bay’s “When We Were On Fire:”
|Sam Stanley (L) with rugby champion & LGBT ally Ben Cohen (R)|