There’s nothing like your first Pride, especially when you spend it with the love of your life!
Gay professional rugby player Devin Ibañez, who was the first Major League Rugby player to come out publicly as gayshe just celebrated her inaugural Pride with her boyfriend, Fergus Wade.
The couple enjoyed the festivities in Madrid. Ok kings!
“While I probably could have done with about 1 million fewer people, it was amazing to see such a massive gathering of queer people from all over the world,” Ibañez wrote on Instagram.
Girl we feel you While rugby is exhausting, it has nothing to do with a full Pride weekend! More than 2 million people attended the world pride parade in the capital of Spain, which hosts the largest Gay Pride in all of Europe.
Fortunately, it appears that Ibanez and Wade came out on the other side. We’re glad they can tell (and show) the story.
Ibañez’s Instagram page, “@thatgayrugger,” is largely devoted to adorable photos of him and Wade. The images celebrate their bond and deep love for each other.
Earlier this year, the duo they attended their first wedding together. Perhaps a harbinger of things to come?
Ibanez played for Major League Rugby team the New England Free Jacks during their 2019 exhibition season. He won a gold medal while representing Team USA at the 2017 Maccabiah World Games in Israel and captured the 2018 D1 National Championship with his club team.
rugby wrote your introductory essay in December 2020. He says he couldn’t have gone public without Fergus’s support.
“I have no doubt that without Fergus I would never have had the determination to expose myself in this way”, Ibañez wrote about Outsports in 2021. “His love and support from him gave me a strength I didn’t know I had.”
It’s beautiful to see Devin now living an open life. She dated Fergus for three years before coming out publicly.
Devin admits that staying cooped up was taking a toll on his relationship with the man he loves.
“It just got to the point where we had the conversation multiple times if [coming out] it was something I was afraid to do because of the backlash, or because I was ashamed of it,” he said. said strange in 2021. “You can have that conversation as many times as you want, but actions speak louder than words. Then it started to impact me even more when I realized the impact I was having on him.”
They have come a long way in the last three years. Devin and Fergus complement each other perfectly, and we’re not just talking about their photos!
But while we’re at it…
Devin and Fergus kicked off 2023 by celebrating their fifth anniversary, and their fun hasn’t stopped.
“Meeting Fergie in 2017 changed my perspective of what was possible for me,” Devin wrote on Instagram. “She stayed with me until I was confident enough to go out in rugby. He always reminded me that it was my own journey and that I needed to do what was best for me at my own pace.”
There is power in gay athletes showing off their love lives. For a long time, homosexuals masked their private affairs in hyper-masculine spaces, such as sports. They did not want to stand out.
Even after coming out publicly, gay athletes have traditionally kept their love lives secret. It wasn’t that long ago when NFL prospect michael sam kissing her boyfriend on Draft Day made national news.
Fast forward 10 years, and now Carl Nassib, the first active NFL player in history, is here. celebrating her man’s 30th birthday (Olympic swimmer Søren Dahl).
We are here for that!
While the likes are nice, the visibility is even better. Devin and Fergus have been out and about proud for three years, and it’s great to see other male sports couples joining them.
Maybe a double date for Pride next year?
Scroll down for more photos of Devin and Fergus being cute and stuff…