Saturday, September 12, 2015

Elton Lauds Keegan Hirst, Angry Over Transgender Treatment

Out British singer Elton John has congratulated Keegan Hirst on his coming out.

Hirst publicly announced his sexuality last week, making him Britain's first rugby league star to publicly come out of the closet.

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Hirst, a 27-year-old father of two, said that he told his wife that he's gay a few weeks ago after realizing that she blamed herself for their recent breakup.

“The support from my teammates and other rugby league players has really surprised me,” he told the Mirror. “It's all been positive.”

Among those offering their support was John, who is raising two sons with his husband, filmmaker David Furnish. Hirst told the Mirror that he received a call from the singer.

“He said it's good that I'm breaking down barriers and stereotypes,” Hirst said. “I was a bit lost for words, but we had a good chat. He was really supportive. It was a bit surreal. It's amazing that Sir Elton John took the time to do that. It's incredible.”

- On Top Mag

GT asked Sir Elton if he and his foundation had noticed a rise in trans issues, in the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s recent public transition.

Elton replied: “Yes, we’re getting more and more transgender cases coming out. That’s the kinda thing we’re working towards, because these people are being discriminated against – especially in prison.

“If Caitlyn Jenner goes to prison, for a hit and run, is she gonna go to a man’s prison or will she got to a women’s? Who knows?!”

“But that’s the predicament were facing. Transgender people are getting a really, really shit deal.”

Also attending the Lalique event was Elton’s husband David Furnish, who spoke to GT about the negative representation between being gay and HIV.

He said: “The link between being gay and HIV is an old stigma. We locked that stigma down and now you’ve gone full circle.

“Being open about your status is the first step to a cure. Your treatment is preventative, if you’re open about your status.”

“We need love to remove the stigma…love is the ultimate solution to ending AIDS.”

- GT

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