Gay rugby star Dan Palmer reveals suicide attempt over homophobia in sports
Dan Palmer in 2012 (Photo: YouTube)
Dan Palmer, the first professional player in Australian rugby to come out as gay, has gotten candid about his struggles with coming out, and the severe depression he experienced as a result of homophobic attitudes in sports.
The Daily Mail reports that Palmer told journalist Lisa Wilkinson that, early in his career, he would have rather died than come out of the closet.
“My own death felt preferable to anybody discovering I was gay,” Palmer said. “It was. It’s the reality. I mean, there’s nothing, there’s no exaggeration there,” Palmer said. “That’s the reality and that was the reality for quite a long time.” Palmer also added that he “fantasized about disappearing, changing my name and starting my life
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