Keegan Hirst - The Courage of Rugby League’s First Openly Gay Player

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By Jatinder Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

  "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."

-Keegan Hirst

Professional rugby league player Keegan Hirst may not be a household name, but he has a story which will inspire everyone who hears it. Not only is he hard as nails physically, being 6ft 4in and a professional athlete, he has also shown the equivalent emotional strength by coming out as British Rugby League’s first openly gay player.

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