At 27 years old, rugby star Keegan Hirst is quite accomplished. He’s the captain of West Yorkshire side Batley Bulldogs, and one of the bravest Brits in rugby. In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Hirst came out as and talked about the challenges of being a “macho” athlete and gay.
“I tick every macho box. How could I be gay? I’m from Batley for goodness sake. No one is gay in Batley.” He said. When he came out, Hirst had a wife and kids, so his experience was undeniably challenging. In response to his home life, he added, “I had a wife and kids. I’ve been a builder, doorman, worked in factories – I play rugby”
With Hirst’s coming out behind him, he’s quickly becoming an icon and inspiration to closeted LGBT people. But, his most recent accomplishment is strikingly sexy. He’s on the cover of the Attitude awards issue. Ready to go behind the scenes on the Keegan Hirst photo shoot? Watch the video below and sneak a peek.