Gay rugby pro Dan Palmer almost overdosed as he desperately tried to keep his sexuality a secret
Dan Palmer, the first professional pro rugby in Australia to come out as gay, said it was “no exaggeration” that he considered suicide while he was in the closet.
In an interview with The Sunday Project, journalist Lisa Wilkinson spoke with the former Wallaby about his tortured journey to coming out publicly, wrestling between telling his truth and keeping his sexuality a secret from his teammates.
“My own death felt preferable to anybody discovering I was gay,” he said last month in a powerful first-person piece for the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s the reality,” the Australia national rugby union team member reflected to Wilkinson.
“I mean, there’s nothing, there’s no exaggeration there. That’s the reality and that was the reality for quite a long time.”
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