Harvey Brownstone Interviews Devin Ibañez, First Openly Gay Pro Rugby Player
Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with Devin Ibañez, the first openly Gay Pro Rugby Player about his experiences coming out in what is considered an extremely macho sport, his life and his advocacy for LGBTQ+ people and rights.
Devin played for the New England Free Jacks, and in the UK for the Scarborough Rugby Union Football Club, and he won a gold medal while representing team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games. He also won the 2018 National Championship with the Mystic River Rugby Club. In December 2020, he shocked the world when he revealed on Instagram that he is gay. Since then, he’s been dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy in sport, to inspire inclusivity and acceptance in the world of athletics.
When not playing, Devin has coached rugby at Westlake Boys High School in New Zealand, his alma mater Brookline High School and most recently with the Northeast Academy. He holds a degree in sport management and education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Devin was announced Global Ambassador for International Gay Rugby (IGR) in May 2021.
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