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Sam: I had an uncle who played for New Zealand. I think all of his brothers, including my dad were going to try and get their kids into rugby in some way. I was 4 when I first got involved and haven’t looked back.
Scott: What advice would give someone that is wanting to get into rugby?
Sam: I’ve had many memories over the years of playing and have met some wonderful people along the way. It is a great way to meet new people and the environment is very friendly. As with most things you’ll never know unless you try but trust me the memories that can be made last a life time, on and off the field.
Scott: What is your strict fitness routine preparing for a game?
Sam: Throughout a match week there’d around 3 training session with possibly two intense session and the other to go through a captains run making sure everyone knows the plan for the opposition being faced. There’s a lot of weights and also recovery sessions so you’re not too tired come game day.
Scott: What is your favourite exercise thing to do? And why?
Sam: My favourite exercise in the gym is bench press as it works a number of muscles and is functional for rugby.
Scott: You come out last year, How was it? What was everyone’s reaction like?
Sam: That’s correct. It’s been amazing for my state of mind and I’ve never been happier since having done so. The reaction from team mates, coaches and the public for that matter has been overwhelmingly supportive. I could never have imagined I’d be able to be myself and play rugby. It’s really is great!!
Scott: Did you find coming out made any change to you career?
Sam: I think it is really too soon to say. I’ve had a few serious injuries in the past that have halted my progression to really push on with my rugby and people know about them no matter how I’m playing. I think for coaches they don’t like to take risks on previously injured player especially with the run I’ve had. Last year wasn’t the best season for me as I just wasn’t being selected to play but I don’t think it has anything to do with me being gay. I hope!
Scott: Being a open gay guy myself, I brought out my first book earlier this year called “OUT” its about my true life story being gay, getting bullied in school and work places growing up. Did you ever experience anything like this?
Sam: Wow, Scott. Congratulations. I really kept myself to myself as a youngster growing up and although I had feelings different to my friends I made sure I put them aside and pretended to be something I’m not. Luckily I guess being a rugby player was seen as a macho thing to do so when you’re young people respect that. I was always nice to people and wouldn’t stand for people bullying others.
Scott: What will be your advice to anyone getting bullied right now?
Sam: Tell someone with authority and please don’t keep anything like that to yourself. There are many people that will help you do something about it so find someone you trust will fight your corner because it should never be tolerated at any age.
Scott: What can we be expecting from you in 2016?
Sam: I can’t believe we are half way through 2016 already. The first half for me wasn’t great and I found myself in a pretty toxic environment, which didn’t help my development as a rugby player at all. I’ll be getting my head down once the season kicks off and trying to work my way back up the ladder. I attended my first London Pride at the weekend and it’s great to attend events like this without having to look over my shoulder anymore. I’ve done a few talks here and there sharing my story to LGBT groups within companies, which has been a great experience. Hopefully in some way I’ve been able to help people.
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Scott – Your done some awesome songs on the show, What was your favourite moment and why?Vangelis; I loved Do you really want to hurt me of course but I also loved Here Comes The Rain Again. I nearly didn’t do it because I was scared of doing something upbeat. It showed a different side to me though and I was really fighting to stay in that week. I was thinking to myself I need to fight for this shit, and I did. Thankfully the public voted me through to the next round. I hated beautiful though. It was a rushed suggestion from one of the team and I didn’t like the arrangement but I did the best I could with what I was given. I did feel like I was being thrown under the bus that week and I knew I would go.
Vangelis; Yes I’m heavily involved in the LGBT scene. I actually sang and closed the LGBT awards which was a great honour. When I was younger I always knew I was different. I was eally shy going to new places incase people would notice that I was different. I did get name called alot but my bullying stories were nothing compared to some people. I was lucky because I went to great schools they didn’t tolerate that. I just think it’s awful what people have to go through.
Scott – You been doing some gigs around the UK, Where will we be seeing you this summer?
Scott – I love your new hair! What was the process like getting to sliver?Vangelis; I had to get it bleached 3 times on the same day and then come back a few days later to get a permanent colour. I had scabs on my scalp from the bleach and then got bad dandruff. I know this is way too much info but I want to keep it real ha. It got better though, but my scalp felt a bit traumatised. It’s hard to maintain so as the permanent colour started to fade I used a semi permanent silver toner which you have to use weekly to keep it that way and my hair is starting to feel healthier again.
Scott – Who were your role models growing up?
Scott – Its news going around about the Spice Girls getting back together, Excited?
Scott – Is there a guy in your life? OR are you still looking for love?
Vangelis; Cup of tea….Blow Jobs…..Singing
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This is a little different from my regular blog. But some of you might not know I brought a book out called “OUT” it’s about…
Years of being bullied for being gay and how I overcame them, It takes a close look at my experiences growing up and learning to accept my true self.
My mission is to end bullying once and for all my autobiographical story about my struggles with peer pressure and coming to grips with my sexuality at a young age gives readers a personal insight into the life of a young man’s growth and my newfound ability to embrace who I am. My aim is to inspire people of all walks of life so that they can be proud of who they are.
I like to share with the world worldwide that if this is you right now, everything will be ok and i never change who you are!
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Today’s the day my new book is officially OUT!
It’s available on amazon worldwide, barns and noble, and more to come…
If you didn’t noticed on my twitter page – @scottymcglynn
I’ve been talking about it A LOT!
Here’s what my book’s about…
OUT is a memoir that chronicles 28-year-old Scott McGlynn’s years of being bullied for being gay and how he overcame them. His writing takes a close look at his experiences growing up and learning to accept his true self. His mission is to end bullying once and for all.
McGlynn’s autobiographical story about his struggles with peer pressure and coming to grips with his sexuality at a young age gives readers a personal insight into the life of a young man’s growth and his newfound ability to embrace who he is. His aim is to inspire people of all walks of life so that they can be proud of who they are.
Here’s the link to my new book paperback and kindle versions if you did like a little read 🙂
I’ve done some press as well have a little look at my Daily Mirror interview here..
Please comment below, Tweet or Facebook me any questions
Love you all and thank you all for your supporting my blog!
Scott x x
P.S I will be giving one lucky person a signed copy of my book Follow & Tell me your top 3 books of all time in comment’s below to enter – Goodluck
Scott: You guys have a very successful YouTube channel, What made you decided to start it?
Trent – Well I actually had a YouTube channel myself before I met Luke! (Now known as TrentAndLuke Extras) It wasn’t massive but had a respectable audience..
Luke – We both loved editing and being creative so when the followers loved seeing us together in Trent’s videos we started to make a joint channel!
S: How did you guys first meet? And what was your first date?
L – We actually met at an event where we were both clients for the same Agency (Acting & Modelling)
T– My Best Friend Zoe was one of the Agents who introduced us both, at the time I lived up in Harrogate with her so when we decided to plan our first date, Luke came up north and we had a 2-Day sleepover date
Where we are Chinese food and watched Horror Movies.
S: I personally love your channel! Which is your personal favourite video? Trent?…… Luke?……
L – I would say the ‘How well do we know each other’ video – We bounced off each other really well and was a lot of fun to film, usually when you film a video you are thinking about a lot of things and what you need to say but for that one we just let loose!
T – My Favourite would have to be on of our old videos called ‘Our Ghost Haunting’ It was so fun to film, it was done over a few days and it was one of our first videos that we got more creative and used a lot of editing plus we introduced a new character onto our channel, Medium Margret 😉
S: Being a LGBT supporter’s, Do you have people ask for any advice from you guys?
L – Yeah all the time, sometimes it’s hard to respond to everyone as there is literally thousands of Messages, the main message we like to get out there is to be yourself and don’t let anyone bring you down for doing that.
S: Have you been offered to do some strange things in the years? If so, what was it?
T– Not overly strange things! Which I guess is good 🙂 when we first started YouTube we were offered to be part of Gay Times Naked Shoot .. which we did, it was strange being naked in front of so many people but at the same time was weirdly liberating
S: Your little baby pup Benji is so cute! Will you be thinking on getting any more?
L – Yes! We want another 100 haha – but seriously when we moved to Australia we defiantly want Benji to have a little brother (or a teacup piglet)
S: Trent – I know you done some acting! Will we be seeing you on the screens again any time soon?
T – Yes! YouTube has kind of taken over my life and I kind of took a break from it, I was doing a stage show but I was very quiet about it – This year I’ve pulled out all the stops and I’ve went back in head first, so here’s for hoping!
S: Luke – Your mum Tracy is very supportive, How was coming out to her?
L – The easiest and the hardest things I’ve ever had to do! It was easy because I knew 100% she supported me no matter what but also the hardest because it’s her opinion is what matter to me the most
S: Your both ambassadors for Being Me Campaign, What can you tell me about it?
L – Yes, it’s a really great new campaign run by my Mum & Kieran Stanbridge – It’s all about Being Yourself and Accepting Your differences as Quirks that make yourself unique which I think is a really great message.
T – Both Tracy & Kieran have a lot of experience behind them and have had so much interest with the campaign – There is a lot of people involved some you may recognise and some who are just kind everyday people.
S: You have plans to re-do your vows, Have you got a date set? 🙂
T– YES! But no dates set, It will be set in Australia, so as soon as they decide to catch up with the rest of the world and legalise Gay Marriage, we will be there!
S: If their’s 1 message you would give bullies and haters of LGBT community what will it be?
L – As much as we disagree with Haters & Bullies, we’ve learnt that no amount of words will ever change their Narrow Minds, So honestly we don’t really waste our breath.
T – But honestly in this Day and Age it’s crazy how many people can still be so hateful and Narrow Minded, but those people aren’t even on our radar, Bye Felicia
S: What will be seeing from you both this year?
T– Hopefully quite a bit! We are working a lot harder on our YouTube and Also our brand outside of YouTube – There’s so many cool things planned that we can’t really say yet but wish we could!
Catch the boys weekly videos on their channel here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAdiXO33UddpduWY47bkoYA
Trent’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/trentowers
Luke’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/boyshayler
Being Me Campaign Twitter – https://twitter.com/beingmecampaign