Strength athletes and bodybuilders take care of all kinds of hate and social media trolls on Instagram and different platforms, however none fairly as a lot as overtly homosexual Strongman Rob Kearney. Kearney, the American log press file holder and a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, just lately shared “only a fraction” of the hateful feedback he receives on a near-daily foundation on his Instagram web page, @worlds_strongest_gay.
“I’ve seen hundreds of straight males stronger than that,” one commenter wrote on a clip of Kearney deadlifting 865 kilos for 3 reps. “Homosexuality will be cured,” one other wrote. “Doesn’t matter when you’re homosexual, tf. So what, does that make him particular now?” one different wrote.
Different hateful feedback included “queer weight” and “Jesus saves.”
The Strongman got here out publicly in 2014, and later instructed M&F that being a closeted homosexual man affected his performances.
“I had the burden of getting to fake to be one thing I wasn’t, and utilizing that power was exhausting,” he instructed us. “Once I got here out, I used to be capable of put more focus into Strongman and never this facade.” Since then he’s nearly dominated the log press within the States, and in 2019 gained the Arnold Professional Strongman Australia.
The hateful feedback, sadly, haven’t stopped. “As a result of I’m a PROUD homosexual man, as a result of I’m a STRONGman individuals really feel the necessity to assault me and attempt to deliver me down,” he wrote in his put up. “I’m the #worldsstrongestgay to indicate LGBTQ+ illustration in skilled sports activities. I’m the #worldsstrongestgay to provide hope to all of the younger children on the market who really feel unnoticed, alone and never seen.”
“I AM HERE, QUEER, PROUD AND LOUD!!”
Kearney usually trains alongside his Strongman opponents, so it’s obvious he’s properly favored by individuals throughout the sport. Hopefully in the future individuals can recognize him for the gifted athlete he’s, as a substitute of hating on him for his sexuality.