Almost 10 years after his retirement from professional rugby, after a great career that has led him to become a member of the All Blacksformer New Zealand player campbell johnstone He came out openly gay and shocked the world. The former pillar of 43 yearswho played three games with his country’s team, said Tuesday that he feels “overwhelmed and honored” for the support he has received after his revelation.
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personal decision of campbell johnstone to tell his truth in an interview with Hilary Barry for the television program ‘Seven Sharp’ on the television network tvnzwhich makes it the first All Black openly gay, was highly celebrated by the selected one himself.
Much love and support to All Black #1056 Campbell Johnstone for having the courage to share his story and help create a more inclusive game.published on the social networks of the most popular rugby team in the world, which in turn is one of the most prestigious teams in the sport.
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British writer Douglas Stuart, winner of the coveted Booker Prize for his first novel, “The Shuggie Bain Story,” spoke about his new book, “A Place for Mungo,” in which he tells a love story between two working-class boys. that he never had. “I felt very alone because there was no queer literature and less related to poverty,” he says.
johnstonewhose national team debut was against Fiji and defended the jersey of the All Blacks three times in 2005, he said his goal is “eliminate pressure and stigma” about the matter and so “help others”. “If I can be the first All Black to come out as gay and remove the pressure and stigma surrounding the issue, I actually i can help other people”, he commented in the aforementioned interview.
Since then, he has received a large number of messages “really moving from parents saying it’s so cool to see someone come out and be a gay All Black” and that “they mean that their children, who are possibly struggling or have been struggling, have a role model and the security that their sexuality does not matter,” according to a local newspaper published on Tuesday. Stuff.
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“I thought it would reach audiences in New Zealand and possibly Australia. Not in my wildest imagination did I think it would be that far-reaching. It’s a real sign of how powerful the All Black and New Zealand brand is around the world.”added campbell johnstone to this newspaper when mentioning that his interview went viral in a matter of hours, which generated a wave of support from players, personalities and entities inside and outside the world of rugby.
johnstone He had a very outstanding career. Between 2002 and 2012, he played 38 games with the crusadersanother 72 with the canterbury and also played 105 matches with the Biarritz French. In his own words, rugby took him to dream places but he also lived for years “a double life” because he tried to portray what was believed to be the stereotypes of a rugby player, although he was never “really comfortable with the whole concept”.
“Manly, strong, possibly with a wife and children. I pushed that side of me deeper and deeper. I’ve been to some interesting places with it (…) It’s hard to live a double life, or live a lie”, he stressed.
The manager of the New Zealand national team, mark robinson, sent an emotional message to Johnstone through social networks: “Johnstone’s strength and visibility will pave the way for others. Rugby is a sport that welcomes everyone and a place where people should feel confident about who they are. We want to be clear, no matter who you love, rugby has got your back..”
With her decision to speak openly about her sexuality, campbell johnstone also trust “open the door to anyone who has difficulties in this space”.
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A former All Blacks player came out as gay: “It’s hard to live a double life, or live a lie”