Keegan Hirst – Interview with the first openly gay rugby league player

Last updated: 28 Oct 2015 Topics: Elite athletes

We spoke to Keegan Hirst about his experiences of being involved in sport and the reactions of others when he came out as gay.

In this video, Keegan offers advice to young people on dealing with pressures within sport.

He also has a message for sports clubs on what support they can offer to young people within their club.  

Further information

for resources and advice on protecting LGBT young people, see our topic page on LGBT+ young people and sport

Support for young people

Many young lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans people have difficult experiences when they reveal their sexual orientation or identity, but there is support available – visit Childline's sexual identity pages to find out more.