An openly gay professional strongman emerged first place at the 2019 Arnold Pro Strongman contest in Melbourne and then wedded his long-time boyfriend on St. Patrick’s Day.
Rob Kearney, 27, one of the world’s strongest men by competing to carry a device (called a yoke) loaded with 1,102 pounds and running the distance in 13.2 seconds, finally tied the knot with his soulmate Joey Aleixo over the weekend at Half Moon Bay Beach.
The two were congratulated by former California governor, movie star, and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger himself and posted a photo with Kearney and Aleixo on Twitter, saying: “I think this is a first: winning the @arnoldsports Strongman and getting married in the same weekend. Congratulations guys. I was honored to celebrate with you.”
The newlyweds, who have the Instagram handles “worlds_strongest_gay” and “worlds_gayest_strongman” respectively, announced their marriage on Instagram:
“So we did a thing. We didn’t tell many people, but on March 17, 2019 @worlds_gayest_strongman and I got MARRIED!! To call this man my husband is a dream come true and he is and always will be my soulmate. I am so excited to start this new journey as a married couple and my heart has never been so full of love #husbands”
“March 17th, 2019 is a day that i will never forget. Today is the day that I OFFICIALLY MARRIED MY BEST-FRIEND! @worlds_strongest_gay you will always have my heart and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us.”
Kearney came out as gay in 2014 after he placed second in the World’s Strongest Man competition. That same year he shared to his fans and followers his relationship with Aleixo. By coming out when he did, Kearney became the first openly gay competitor at an international professional Strongman competition.
Talking to Huffington Post back then, Kearney said he no longer wanted to hide who he was, “I hope people realize that being gay doesn’t change the athlete/person that I am. I am still the second strongest 105kg professional Strongman in American and I am still the same Rob Kearney they knew before this news.”
While on his 2017 interview with the Williston School, Kearney chatted about the metaphorical weight of coming out and said that living genuinely made him a better strongman.
He is the head athletic trainer at the Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts when he’s not competing, according to Outsports.
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Valentine’s day is just around the corner and people are already posting on social media the gifts that they received or planning to give to their lover. Whatever kind of gift it may be, we’re sure that it’s pretty something.
However, we also know for sure that receiving a special gift from your family is the best feeling ever! Just like how this Twitter netizen felt so happy after receiving an early Valentine’s gift coming from his dad!
This netizen shared on Twitter his conversation with his dad regarding his coming out. “Sobrang naiyak ako. I love you, Pa!” as said on the post. See their convo below:
This is the most heartfelt part.
Based on screenshots of their conversation, the twitter netizen opened up about his sexuality and was accepted by his father wholeheartedly.
His dad also shared how proud he is of him and that he accepts him no matter what or who he is.
His dad told him that he was never once ashamed of him and that his only wish is for him to finish his studies, which would make him even happier. In the end, his father even invited him and his special someone to a dinner together with his sibling.
*Awww, we’re not crying, you are!*
If you don’t have a special someone to celebrate Valentine’s day, don’t forget that you can always celebrate it with your friends and of course, your family! After all, the gift of family is just may be the best gift we could ever receive.
Spread love and positivity this Valentine’s! (Credits to Twitter netizen: @_ivannnnn)
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We know Francis Libiran through his magnificent works in the fashion industry. But he made everyone speechless when he suddenly marries his long-time partner, Christian Mark. Francis has been very vocal about his sexuality, and he is not ashamed of it.
Despite the fact that our country is conservative, and is not yet very open about same-sex relationships and marriages, Francis and Christian still proved that love always wins.
Days before the power couple tied the knot, their venue, Boracay, was being poured by heavy rains but when the day has finally arrived, not even a single cloud was in sight. It is as scorching as the love Francis and Christian has for one another.
Photographs and video by the great Jason Magbannua, here are 10 photos that prove Francis and Christan’s wedding is #Goals:
Guess what? It’s not your usual wedding rings! They have come up with this unique design that fits their personality and taste.
The power couple proves that they are, indeed, drool-worthy.
How sweet! Look how they take care of each other.
Francis Libiran, for all we know, is a successful fashion designer. He was able to dress some of the biggest names in the world. Take note, world!
It is reported that Libiran met Christian in Paris way back in 2014.
Groom #1’s family is all in attendance for their little boy’s big day.
The sweet family of Christian is also present in the star-studded wedding.
And we go now to the tear-jerking part of the list…
Our hearts melted when the two exchanged vows, and it hit us straight in the feels! When they cry, everyone cried, too.
The wedding will never complete without the groom and groom’s first kiss as a married couple!
Let us all be happy that the two were able to prove that love knows no gender! Let us spread good vibes and give them both best wishes!
Francis and Christian literally slayed 2017! Aren’t they lovely?
Despite China’s hard line stance on gay marriage, an unidentified young man went against the odds and proposed to his male lover on a crowded Beijing subway.
But unlike typical marriage proposals, the man who got down on his knee presented his boyfriend a timepiece instead of a ring.
After putting it around his boyfriend’s wrist, the two hugged each other indicating that his lover said yes.
Several onlookers caught the romantic moment on camera and numerous footage emerged on the Chinese social media site Weibo.
Although the video was frowned upon by some Web users, it also elicited thousands of positive comments from netizens. “Those who say this is disgusting, you are not qualified to judge others,” one commented.
Meanwhile, one user stated, “You should admire their courage. Just because they are people you don’t understand, and even with the pressures of those looking down on them as ‘sinful,’ they are still brave to express their love.”
Although homosexuality was legalized in China in 1997, the couple will not able to tie the knot in the country since gay marriage is still against the law.
Hopefully, the newly-engaged couple can get hitched soon outside China.