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OUT-STANDING!

Remember that year when Jason Collins and Michael Sam came out in quick succession? Recent months have been even more remarkable. Professional sportsmen simply won’t stay in the closet! Jesse Matheson welcomes the latest heroes to the Openly Gay Hall Of Sporting Fame!
CASEY WEARS AUSSIEBUM SWIMWEAR.

CASEY CONWAY, RETIRED AUSSIE RUGBY PLAYER

“There’s been a change. There are lots of different sporting identities, clubs and codes that are saying, ‘We’re for equality’.”

WHO DOESN’T LOVE a Rugby League player with a heart as big as his muscles? As a proud gay Aboriginal man, retired Aussie rugby player Casey Conway hopes to use his position to help young Indigenous Australians accept their own sexualities.

Conway first revealed he was gay in a 2015 interview with Indigenous television station NITV, saying he felt like he was finally able to be openly gay because it was becoming more accepted in various sports.

“There’s not too many [professional athletes] who have come forward, but I definitely think there’s been a change. There are lots of different sporting identities, clubs and codes that are saying, ‘We’re for equality’. I think that’s really great. It’s really positive.”

But it hasn’t all been fun and games for Conway who has also been a vocal opponent of Aboriginal boxer Anthony Mundine’s comments that homosexuality has no place in Aboriginal culture. In his critique of Mundine, Conway said that luckily those views aren’t widespread among Aboriginal communities.

While it’s unfortunate we won’t likely see Conway back on the field (being retired and all), we can thankfully still see him in swimwear campaigns for Sluggers, aussieBum and athletic apparel brand BLK.

Photography by Christian Scott (www.StudioChristianScott.com)
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