Leading English rugby referee comes out as gay and advocates for the love

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English rugby referee Craig Maxwell-Keys has come out publicly as gay. His family and friends have known it three years before, but now he decides to do it publicly. The 29-year-old – who is from Birmingham and now lives in Gloucestershire – also spoke about the Rainbow Laces campaign which encourages sports stars to wear rainbow laces in solidarity with the LGBT+ community. He praised the campaign as it teaches LGBT sportsmen that they are love-worthy. And to understand that you deserve love is the first step to start loving yourself, and when a person loves oneself, then this person is ready to gve love to the world. Maxwell-Keys also revealed that he thought he was ready to come out two years into his pharmaceutical job – but then he was involved into sport and decided to delay his coming out. He explained that he came out by sending a WhatsApp message and then turned off his phone for eight hours. When he turned it back on, he received a lot of love. He said that he is now able to live his life “authentically” since coming out, as it set him free.

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