LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Oh for a time machine! No, not to correct mistakes – that’s a whole other heated debate. Although actually, who wouldn’t be tempted with a few lottery numbers… But people often forget, in this fast-paced new world we live in, that us magazine people work a little further in advance of breaking news stories…
Which brings me neatly to Mr Keegan Hirst. We chatted with Keegan before his story was reported in The Mirror, just two days ago, as I write this. We obviously said that he’d be a great role model if he did decide to come out, but that we respected his right to make that decision himself, as and when he wanted to.
Of course, we’d already been in the studio with the brilliant – and BIG! – James Haskell almost a month prior to this, talking about just those kind of topics. So you could almost say that our wish came true… And maybe now with Keegan telling us, before his story was published, that he intends to keep playing, then he can be a role model of another sort, for a new generation. Maybe then we can stop talking about the ‘last taboo’ of gay sportsmen.
I was interviewed about Keegan – it’s all getting slightly meta – about whether it was still an issue. Of course it is. I envy you if you truly live in a world where you think people with a public profile coming out doesn’t help someone, somewhere. But let’s not proclaim him a hero – let’s let him get on with living his life without the pressure of having to live it as a lie.
And while it’s a shame that, time machine permitting, we couldn’t get Keegan on our cover this time, we’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in future. And, more importantly, the people he’s inspired. Darren Scott @darren_scott