Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Australia's football team shows its support for LGBT people

One of Australia’s oldest football teams today swapped tradition for a rainbow show of support for LGBT people.
The University Blacks, as part of a broader campaign to support LGBT people, swapped their traditional colours for rainbow jumpers. The move is part of the ‘gay, that’s ok’, campaign.
As well as having players wear the rainbow jerseys, the team also painted its 50-metre line with rainbows.
The initiative was inspired by former player Lachlan Beaton, who hid his sexuality for years before coming out.
The team in todays show of support became the first of its kind in the Victorian Amateur Football Association to do so.
Other teams have already announced plans to do the same in upcoming matches.

Rugby star Sam Stanley comes out as gay

England rugby star Sam Stanley (23) has come out as gay, the first English professional rugby union player to do so.

Stanley, who has represented England five times internationally, has spoken of his anguish at hiding his sexuality.

The player said: "I didn’t want to accept it, I felt that being different wasn’t right. I had a girlfriend and I was thinking that, like some people say, maybe it is just a phase."

"You are so worried about what people will think and I thought I couldn’t be a macho rugby player the way I was, and there was nothing else I wanted to do with my life", he added.

Stanley has come out less than a month after rugby league player Keegan Hirst, who had also struggled with being gay but has since received a lot of support.