Jed Hooper, 22, is the captain of the UK’s Old Redcliffians rugby team. And he just came out! Hooper, who is a sexy little bloke,decided to come out after the guy he’s with said he couldn’t date someone in the closet.
“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!”
Hooper than came out to everyone he knew via text and Facebook. He anticipated perhaps being asked to step down as captain, but his team is supporting him completely.
“No punches were pulled with questions from the rugby lads, that’s for sure. I can’t repeat some of the things I was asked, but I’ve always been someone who has been at the centre of any banter flying around, and the only thing that’s changed is the type of banter.”
As it should be! Does anyone else find coming-out stories like this as heart-warming as I do? When all the straight tough guys find out their tough guy friend or teammate likes the D and they embrace him?? Or is that warm feeling I’m experiencing from looking at these pics of Jed looking sexy-tough and totally doable?
Hooper is the second pro athlete in the UK to come out. Retired rugby player Gareth Thomas preceded him. Pro-Gay Athletics In Britain: They’re Doing It Better.
– J. Harvey
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