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Gay jockey Jack Duern says he has found acceptance in his sport and he uses drag as an outlet.

By Jim Buzinski  Updated Feb 8, 2019, 12:30pm PST

It’s been more than four years since apprentice jockey Jack Duern came out as gay and the English rider says the sport has become more accepting.

“If you are not out, you always think the worst of everything,” Duern said this week on the British horse racing podcast “My Pod or Yours.” You think that people aren’t going to accept you. But it’s really not that bad. You can be yourself and work in the industry.”

Duern, 24, came out on Twitter late in 2014, tweeting, “Yes I’m a jockey and yes I’m gay. Sorry I forgot this was illegal haha.” He followed up with an interview a year later with the Racing Post.

He said he immediately lost rides from older, conservative trainers who frowned on his being openly gay.

“I am the only out jockey in the UK for a reason,” Duern said in a 2018 interview with Winqmagazine and reprinted on the Racing Silks Club blog. “Three years ago I did an interview with the Racing Post, and I lost so many rides off the older trainers who stopped using me as soon as they read about my sexuality. I was gutted.

“I had had quite a few wins on one horse, but after the feature I wasn’t allowed to ride it anymore. I was told that the owners ‘didn’t agree’ with what I’d said in the Racing Post. I was angry, but I knew it was something I couldn’t change, so I just thought ‘your loss.’ ’’

It turns out he's super cute too:

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21 hours ago, JoelR said:

He said he immediately lost rides from older, conservative trainers who frowned on his being openly gay.

This is always so sad. And also the reason why many sportsmen decide not to out themselves, I assume.

But at least he is happy now. 😊


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It's still interesting that we have to out ourselves. Have we ever seen anyone say, "Hey, I am straight"? 

There are still too many prejudices. This does not only affect sportsmen. But especially in this group there is a below average number of people who are gay, at least not outed.

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