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More Macho Men in Masculine World of Rugby Come Out and Talk: Jed Hooper

Here is more proof that trail blazers like  Gareth Thomas and Nigel Owens coming out of the closet are role models. Jed Hooper becomes chatter box and discusses his choice of coming out.

The decision, he said, was still far from easy. “I met someone earlier this year who said he could not be with someone who was in the closet. That, basically, was the catalyst that I needed.

I wouldn’t complain if there was a breaking news story that the sport of rugby on a whole was a cover up for all hunky gay men. Now that’s a gentlemen’s club I would join.

 

via www.thisisbristol.co.uk

In recent seasons, former Welsh international Gareth Thomas and top referee Nigel Owens have both broken one of the great taboos in arguably the most macho sport of all.

And Hooper, a fierce competitor who speaks as directly off the pitch as he does in his pre-match team talks, has now also chosen to come out of the closet after years of anxiety connected to grappling with his true identity.

The decision, he said, was still far from easy. “I met someone earlier this year who said he could not be with someone who was in the closet. That, basically, was the catalyst that I needed.

 

“Before that, I think I had already told about ten friends and their reaction was very positive so that gave me an inkling of what might happen. And I also thought if the crap really hits the fan then at least there are ten people on my side!”

Even with that knowledge, though, Hooper still agonised over what he knew he had to do. “I was never going to do it bit by bit, that would have been too drawn out, so I decided to text everyone and also put it on Facebook.

“I was horribly nervous. I wrote and rewrote the text four or five times, and I had my finger on the ‘send’ button for ages before I finally pushed it.

“The text basically said something along the lines that ‘I’ve been hiding it and fighting it for too long, and I can’t hide any more. If you can accept me this way then great … and if you can’t then I don’t need you and you can get lost!’

“I then cried my eyes out as I was thinking to myself ‘what have you done?, but very quickly I must have had 40 replies and all of them were positive.” MORE

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