Australian hunk Casey Conway, a former National Rugby League player, has spoken for the first time about being gay.
In a chat with the Special Broadcasting Service
, he said his experience of trying out the gay scene was what helped him come to terms with his sexuality - but he still was on the receiving end of some racist remarks.
On the time he was leading a “double life” hiding his orientation from his teammates, he said: “I was out-and-about on the [gay] scene and meeting people.
“I was doing that undercover and it finally came to a point where I had to start accepting it. I wanted more than what I was having.”
However, he added: “There was a lot of casual racism. People would say things like, ‘You’re hot for an Aboriginal guy’ or ‘I’ve never been with a black guy’. I’d think, ‘You know that’s not a compliment?’.”
Casey, now a swimwear model, said he is aware of the sorts of things young LGBT+ people have to hear on a daily basis, and he wants to be a role model for them.
“There are young people out there hearing comments like that and they’re questioning themselves,” he said.
“I know what it was like to be in the country and think, ‘Oh shit, I think I’m gay’. At that time there wasn’t really a big push in the media for equality.
“I’ve worked with kids who are homeless because they’ve been kicked out of home when they came out [as gay]. They’re suffering not only because they don’t have a home, but because of their mental health and a raft of other issues.”