In our WYWQ section we feature straight men that because of their good looks or their compromise in the fight for LGBT rights we’d love to count as players in our team. So it’s not very often that we happily had to reverse a wish because it was already granted! That’s exactly what happened in Sam Stanley’s case, this handsome 23-year-old Samoan-English rugby star has just made public his sexual orientation and in doing so he has become the first professional English rugby union player to come out as gay!
“I DIDN’T WANT TO ACCEPT IT, I FELT THAT BEING DIFFERENT WASN’T RIGHT. I HAD A GIRLFRIEND AND I WAS THINKING THAT, LIKE SOME PEOPLE SAY, MAYBE IT IS JUST A PHASE.” SAM STANLEY.
He’s as dreamy as he gets and despite his young age he has made quite a career playing for Saracens F.C. and eventually competing for the national team in several matches and in four World Series events in 2014. In addition to his love for the sport he likes to sing and play the guitar naked on Instagram. His cover of James Bay’s ‘We are on Fire’ is quite good! Stanley said the he struggled with the idea of coming out for the past 14 months but the support of his teammates and coaches was an important factor. Super fit Sam is not only breaking barriers in a very macho sport but it seems that he has another battle in front of him as rumors are flying that he’s dating a man quite older than him. He has not made it official yet but he thanked his partner for taking him to a Bette Middler concert and called him “my man” on IG almost a month before the coming out announcement. Will he make a stand against ageism in the gay community?
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