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Emma Watson had a powerful message of support for this gay rugby player

Keegan Hirst spoke frankly about coming out to his teammates at the weekend.

Rugby League - Championship Shield - Super 8s - Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams - The Fox's Biscuits Stadium Source: Richard Sellers

OVER THE WEEKEND, Keegan Hirst became the first openly gay British rugby league player.

In an interview with The Sunday Mirror, Hirst spoke frankly about coming to grips with his sexuality and coming out to his teammates.

At first I couldn’t even say ‘I’m gay’ in my head, let alone out loud. Now I feel like I’m letting out a long breath that I’ve held in for a long time.
People keep saying I’m brave – I don’t feel brave. I’m just talking about me. There might be other players in the same position I was. If there are I’d tell them to just be honest with themselves. The support from my team-mates and other rugby league players has really surprised me, it’s all been positive.

Hirst has received widespread support for his landmark announcement.

Tweet by @Joshua Charnley Source: Joshua Charnley/Twitter

Tweet by @Richard Mathers Source: Richard Mathers/Twitter

Among those to reach out to Hirst? None other than Emma Watson.

The actress and human rights campaigner reached out to Hirst in a series of powerful tweets this evening and praised his courage in coming out.

Tweet by @Emma Watson Source: Emma Watson/Twitter

Tweet by @Emma Watson Source: Emma Watson/Twitter

Tweet by @Emma Watson Source: Emma Watson/Twitter

To top it all off, she even called him a hero.

Tweet by @Emma Watson Source: Emma Watson/Twitter

And it seems the feeling of respect is mutual.

After being followed by Emma Watson on Twitter, Hirst pledged his support for her #HeForShe campaign.

Tweet by @Keegan Hirst Source: Keegan Hirst/Twitter

See, kids? The internet isn’t all bad.

By Amy O’Connor. Originally published on


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