The Star causes a sensation when he comes out and announces he is, in fact, gay. He pleads for understanding. At first there is shock but it gives way to acceptance.

He appears on The Footy Show where, uncomfortable but sincere, legends of the game applaud his courage and denounce homophobia. Press coverage is uniformly supportive.


The Bloke causes a sensation when, during a boozy speech at the club presentation night, he comes out and announces he is, in fact, gay. He pleads for understanding. At first there is shock but it gives way to calls for a lynching.

Words such as courageous, trailblazer and role model are thin on the ground, while more traditional terms such as shirtlifter, pillow biter and bum bandit get a good run.

He is booted out of the team. Local authorities launch a police investigation into his role as coach of the Under Sevens.


This appeared in an Australian blokey sports magazine just after Ian Roberts (at the time one of that country's best Rugby League players) came out.