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STEEL WORKS

London’s Kings Cross Steelers became the world’s first gay rugby union team when it was founded in 1995. There are now more than 250 members and the 1st XV went through last season unbeaten. Attitude meets five players to understand the impact the sport has had on their bodies as well as their body image
Photography Victor Hensel-Coe

JONO ELVIN

6FT, 100KG (220LB), FLANKER/NO. 8

I’ve played rugby since I was four and had an interest in pretty much all sports throughout my childhood. I joined the Steelers in April 2012, in the run up to the Bingham Cup in Manchester. I was recruited by a lad in G-A-Y on the promise that I could have the pick of the twinks! At the time, I didn’t even know what the word “twink” meant, but I went with it. I felt that the club could serve a real purpose in breaking down barriers that many gay men feel when it comes to getting involved in sport, and I saw it as an opportunity to show that a team of predominantly gay men could compete against the “straight” teams.

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