Watch: Lachlan Beaton's moving call for equal love
Former Melbourne University footballer and coach, Lachlan Beaton, has released a powerful video calling for equal love.
The 34-year-old, who now lives in New York with his partner, revealed how he kept his sexuality a secret – even from his twin brother Charles, for the first 27-years of his life.
Beaton explained that he feared exposing his sexuality would cause him to lose everything and everyone he loved.
Beaton says he had known he was gay since he was a teen but had tried to suppress the truth.
He told The Sun Herald after a night on the beers he finally mustered up the courage to tell his brother he was gay.
“It was the hardest thing. I couldn’t actually bring myself to say that I was gay. I couldn’t bring myself to do it sober. It was like getting blood from a stone,” he said.
“I spent all day agonising over it. The only way I could say it is if I said, ‘I have met someone and it’s a man’.
“I was in tears and it was just the most difficult thing I have ever had to do."
It was the first of many coming-out conversations Beaton was to have in the next few months, until eventually he was out to most family, friends and footy cohorts...
Last week he publicly shared his own journey in a YouTube video titled My Story — Equal Love.
You can watch it below.