WHEN British rugby league player Keegan Hirst publicly came out as gay last week, he made history by becoming the first openly-gay player in the sport for his country.

Since then, the Batley Bulldogs captain has received support from stars like Elton John, Emma Watson, Olympian Tom Daley, Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton and former Wales rugby union star Gareth Thomas, who himself came out as gay in 2009.

Hirst explained that he first thought a direct phone call from Elton John — in which he reportedly said: “Hi Keegan, it’s Elton. I think you’re fabulous” — was a hoax.

“He said it’s good that I’m breaking down barriers and ­stereotypes,” Hirst said.

Taking to Twitter, Harry Potter star Emma Watson said:

 

 

 

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