Sam Stanley is the first English rugby union player to come out (Sport)

Sam Stanley via Instagram.

Sam Stanley, one of the stars of England Sevens, has become the first English rugby union player to come out.

Sam told ‘The Sunday Times’ about how important it is for people to be honest with themselves: “It’s going to be an issue until more people and athletes come out; until it is not an issue at all. It might take years but hopefully, lots of people will find the courage.”

He also spoke about much darker times when, for a short moment, he contemplated suicide: “I was standing on a bridge about four or five years ago, overlooking a motorway in Essex…”

Continuing: “Looking back, the idea that I would jump was ridiculous but it was as if I was thinking that I could get rid of the pain in one go.”

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.

Sam opened up about keeping his sexuality a secret, referring to his partner Laurence he said: “Millions of people are in the situation, even people who have been in Laurence’s situation and they are still married but are gay. They cannot accept it themselves.” 

Sam and Laurence via Instagram.

This month Keegan Hirst also came out as being gay and received great support and praise from his fans and celebrities alike.

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