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Australian Rugby Players Fight Homophobia in Photo Campaign


Members of the Australian Wallabies rugby team have joined the "This is Oz" campaign, an online photo project meant to raise awareness about homophobia and anti-gay discrimination.

The Wallabies joined in support of the Sydney Convicts, Australia's gay rugby union team (and holders of the Bingham Cup title). Said Convicts founder Andrew Purchas:

"We’re very pleased that the Wallabies and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has been so responsive and willing to support us and come on board with This Is Oz. Having these kind of high level professional sportsmen giving their support goes a long way to breaking down barriers , and countering the stereotypes and supporting diversity and acceptance … Kids really look up to these guys and follow their lead, so it really does a lot of good."

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Australian Wallabies players Al Baxter, Stephen Moore (above), and Dave Pocock and Stirling Mortlock (below).

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(via jockohomo and outsports)

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  1. Definitely yay for them. It's really great that they did this.

    Posted by: dotexe | Aug 18, 2009 8:36:14 AM

  2. Well done lads. A picture's often worth a thousand words.

    Posted by: elcamino | Aug 18, 2009 9:17:35 AM

  3. The only complain? why are we choosing only the white good looking guys? what about the asian looking guy? reject stereotypes? but this website only choose the white guys?

    Posted by: Steven | Aug 18, 2009 9:51:53 AM

  4. steven

    I'd bet they are Maori which makes them pacific islanders "New Zealand" not asian. Pacific Islanders and in particular the Maori are quite different from asians. The Maori for example suffer greater numbers of melanoma cases than asians etc quite geneticaly distinct

    Anyway; I understand what you were driving at, just pointing out that they most likely are Maori and not asian

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Aug 18, 2009 10:16:05 AM

  5. Too bad we didn't have more American athletes willing to do this. Good for these guys, glad to see Aussie athletes of all walks of life willing to stand up and be seen and heard.

    Posted by: DR | Aug 18, 2009 10:20:29 AM

  6. very cool

    Posted by: KFLO | Aug 18, 2009 10:41:29 AM

  7. I'd like to see someone approach American sports teams with these pictures and see who might be willing to do something similar. Maybe the Greg McMackin's team could do it to help him out with his mandated service to LGBT students.

    I share the disappointment that only caucasian players were chosen for the solo photos, but these pictures are sexy and adorable.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Aug 18, 2009 11:00:42 AM

  8. I recognize a couple of them from the "Naked for a Cause" campaign they did last year (2 years ago?). Total. Hotness

    That campaign, and now this one, actually make me respect them (Aussie rugby players) more that the local booorish sports athletes....

    Posted by: Terrance | Aug 18, 2009 11:05:57 AM

  9. What's wrong with being a gay weakling? Are we only to be accepted if we fit into "masculine" stereotype?

    Posted by: wetcnt | Aug 18, 2009 11:27:02 AM

  10. I applaud these guys for having the balls--ahem--to do this. If they're gutsy enough to put themselves out there, I'm not going to criticize them for not having more ethnic diversity; these were the guys who stepped up, so bravo.

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 18, 2009 11:45:37 AM

  11. WETCNT... you miss the point. Clearly. Some of the most masculine athletes on the face of the planet (I put rugby players in the same class as boxers and MMAers, but in terms of toughness AND culture of extreme heterosexuality) are standing up FOR US. Let me repeat that... STANDING UP FOR US.

    Hello, when was the last time an American Pro Athlete did that without being retired for like a thousand years first? NFL? NHL? NBA? MLB? Oh, right, they're silent.

    Posted by: DR | Aug 18, 2009 11:57:46 AM

  12. Wow - can you imagine NFL players doing something like this in the U.S.? Wouldn't that be great.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 18, 2009 12:07:56 PM

  13. This only goes to support the stereotype that all rugby players are smokin' hot!

    Posted by: seattle mike | Aug 18, 2009 12:52:35 PM

  14. Bravo. Way more uplifting and enlightened than Demetri's and Shaq's shenanigans with Conan.

    Posted by: Latebrosus | Aug 18, 2009 1:10:04 PM

  15. Steven - if you weren't so lazy, you would have simply clicked on the link that Andy provides to see that the solo shots he chose to use were the only ones available. So before you imply that anyone is being bigoted, THINK.

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 18, 2009 1:18:45 PM

  16. Actually - the 3 guys in front, and the 3 guys in the back are from the Sydney Convicts (at least they are all wearing their uniform). The 4 in the middle are from the Wallabies and the one's chosen for individual pics. So yes THINK before calling someone bigoted.

    Posted by: Justin | Aug 18, 2009 3:33:17 PM

  17. Go Sydney Convicts and AMEN to the comments talking about American Athletes doing this. All you see are retired athletes taking stands and coming out cause of the loss of sponsership and most likely getting canned from the team cause of the Shower Issue.

    On a purely selfish note, hope they're at the Bingham Cup so I can shake their hands before their team destroys mine. (Be gentle, it's our first cup appearence.)

    Posted by: MicahSkin | Aug 18, 2009 7:39:58 PM

  18. Alex, I think the issue here is that repeatedly Gay media pics the white guys to put out front. Honestly, straight media is no better. Ever look at a Vanity Fair Fold Out or Vogue? Look who makes the cover and then pay attention to who's in the fold.

    Having said that, I have a thing for Rugby Players! My bf reminds me of one and , hmm, I need to call him! Later!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Aug 19, 2009 2:35:47 AM

  19. This is awesome.

    Posted by: David | Aug 19, 2009 8:44:46 PM

  20. Dave Pocock is way too cute!!

    Posted by: Alexei | Aug 19, 2009 9:54:53 PM

  21. I am proud of any organization that will stand up and fight against bigotry. Way to go Australian Wallabies rugby team. Maybe now other Sports Organizations will help stop hate and bigotry by joining important causes like this one.

    Posted by: Lance | Aug 28, 2009 3:32:12 PM

  22. Bravo Guys!
    ...for helping to bring the rest of the world around to a beautiful reality...
    We're all the better for your wisdom!

    Posted by: Amasa Smith | Feb 3, 2010 9:38:44 PM

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