Dan Palmer, former Aussie rugby pro, comes out as gay.
Former Australian Rugby player, Dan Palmer, has come out in an emotional column for Fairfax Media.
Palmer, 32, says that in his younger days it wouldn't be "an exaggeration to say my own death felt preferable to anybody discovering I was gay." Heartbreaking. He goes on to write ever more upsetting reflections.
The ex-Wallabies player "fantasized about disappearing, changing my name and starting my life all over again. He also describes his professionally successful year of 2012 as personally being, "incredibly frustrated, angry, and desperately sad."
After signing with FC Grenoble in 2013, unfortunately things only got worse. Palmer writes, "After overdosing on painkillers and waking up in a pool of the previous day’s food, it was clear to me that I was rapidly self-destructing and that something had to change."
Palmer continues to address how afraid he was to come out, but in the end after a tough road to get there he said, "thank you to my family, friends, teammates and coaches – you were there for me the entire time, even without knowing it."