[First Openly Gay Major League Rugby player]
✨🏳️🌈🏈 DEVIN IBAÑEZ [First Openly Gay Major League Rugby player] joins via Zoom to talk journey into rugby, coming out to his family vs. rugby community, his nearly fatal rugby accident, how 9/11 gay rugby hero, Mark Bingham ‘s legacy inspired him to come out to the rugby community in an Instagram post, his fundraiser to help the @translawcenter combat the wave of Anti Trans legislation, and more!
We play THE INTERROGATION with Black Coffee!
FUNDRAISER: 🏳️⚧️ Transgender Law Center which is the nations largest trans specific and trans led organization changing law policies and attitudes.
💛 Devin is setting out to raise at least $7,000 dollars to help them combat the wave of Anti Trans legislation that is happening in the USA right now and have partnered with artist Richie López aka @thebrujologist who has created a lovely piece of art 🖼 signifying the rugby 🏉 communities support of the 🏳️⚧️ trans community.
Anyone who donates $50 or more to the cause will receive a print of the piece he has created (within USA only shipping).
TO DONATE, VISIT: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/TLC2021/team/DevinIbanezRichardLopez
✨🏳️🌈🏈Devin Ibañez is the first openly gay Major League Rugby player and is dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy in sport. He hopes to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ athletes and make sport an inclusive space for them.
Raised in Boston, MA, Devin played for Major League Rugby team, the New England Free Jacks, in their 2019 exhibition season. He won a gold medal while representing Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel. He also won the 2018 D1 National Championship with his club team, Mystic River Rugby Club. 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 currently lives between Boston, MA and with his partner in London, England. He is available to travel for speaking engagements, coaching clinics and inclusive outreach programs.
JAM IN THOT:
Thank you to Devin for dropping so many gems!
WORDS OF WISDOM:
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