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Orlando Cruz Comes Out! Becomes First Openly Gay Professional Boxer

“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant  career, I want to be true to myself.  I want to try to be the best role model I  can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career.   I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican.  I have always been  and always will be a proud gay man.”

And with that statement Boxing History was made as Orlando Cruz, former Olympian and the World Boxing Federation’s number four ranked Featherweight came out of the closet Wednesday as a “proud gay man.”

Cruz’s next fight is Oct. 19 in Kissimmee, Fla., when he will defend his WBO NABO title against Jorge Pazos.  A win could put Cruz in line for a major title shot.

Canadian boxer Marc Leduc came out of the closet in 1994 a year after retiring.

18 Year Old Welsh Rugby Captain Comes Out On YouTube To Inspire Others Gay Sports Players

18-year-old Tom Boswell of Wales is the Captain of his Rigby team shows his extreme courage by posting his coming out video on YouTube for all the world to see to inspire others gay athletes and show them that its okay to play sports and be openly gay.  (Maybe some professional athletes will see it and break open their glass locker doors.)

God bless you Bozzy!  Well done! – OI! OI! OI!

Big Beefy Welsh Rugby Player Jed Hooper Busts Down The Closet Door: “I’m Gay!”

Big, beefy 22 year old Welsh OLD Redcliffians Rugby Captain Jed Hooper has come out of the closet:

The 22-year-old back row forward came out to family and friends earlier this year. And Hooper has now spoken exclusively to the Evening Post in the hope that his story can help other young rugby players come to terms with their sexuality.

Said Hooper: “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!…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.”

Reaction throughout the Bristol rugby community, in fact, has been overwhelmingly positive. “There has only been one comment on the pitch, at a pre-season tournament, and I had to step in to stop our lads from kicking things off.” (translation:  kicking the shit out of him)

Hooper add:  “If anyone is reading this and they’re in the same situation as me, all I want to say is don’t bottle things up because, trust me, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The world’s not against you. If my story can help one person then this has been worth it.”