UK rugby star Sacha Harding has advised
gay athletes to come out.
The 28-year-old Harding, who plays for
the Bedford Blues, recently appeared naked on the cover of UK glossy
Gay Times' The Naked Issue to support Elton John's AIDS
In an interview with gay glossy The
Advocate, Harding, who last year was voted Britain's
“manliest man,” said he is flattered by his gay following and
encouraged closeted teammates to come to out.
“Someone's sexual preference
shouldn't have any effect on whether some can be professional
sportsmen,” Harding said. “They should be appreciated for their
When asked what advice he had for a
teammate considering whether to come out as gay, Harding answered: “I
would say that the only people that matter will understand anyway.
Life is too short to worry about what people think and let that
dictate your life. Do what makes you happy.”
On appearing on the cover of Gay
Times, Harding said he was more than happy to help raise
awareness for Elton John's AIDS Foundation.
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