O ne of the enduring foundation myths of modern Australia has been that of the macho pioneer, bottling emotions and overcoming the odds through hot work and cold beer. Nowhere was this myth perpetuated more than rugby league, a hard working class game designed to test courage with a strict code of conformity. The code had no place for homosexual men and to be labeled gay was a slur implying weakness.
A telephone call from the NRL confirmed the code would publicly support the same sex marriage campaign as Australians prepare to vote. This will save lives. This is a moment in time that will be remembered forever.
Ian Roberts born 31 July is an Australian actor, career wound down in under the increasing weight model and former professional rugby league footballer of of injuries. In Roberts became the rst Roberts made nine appearances for the New South Wales high-prole Australian sports person and rst rugby foot- State of Origin team between and He was baller in the world to come out to the public as gay.
But Ian Roberts, the first rugby league player in the world to come out as gay, says the slurs from the crowds spurred him into becoming one of the most aggressive players in the game. Speaking on Sterlo On The CouchRoberts also revealed the tragic death of a young friend that helped to make up his mind to come out publicly. For me to go to that point and think about my career when that boy ended up murdered, left dead in the ditch, it crushes me.
Tattooed on the inside of Ian Roberts' right arm is a question he ponders every day, 'what is it to be a man'? It's not his only tattoo - his arms are large enough to accommodate a mural - but it's perhaps the most appropriate because he challenged Australians on the very tenet of what it meant to be a man when he stepped out of the closet in Here was one of the most fearsome rugby league players in the game and one who, inwas recognised among the top 25 New South Wales players of all time, admitting he was gay.
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Ian Roberts born 31 July is an Australian actor, and former professional rugby league footballer who played in the s and s. In Roberts became the first high-profile Australian sports person and first rugby footballer in the world to come out to the public as gay. Ian Roberts was born in in Chelsea, LondonEnglandto a father who worked in construction and was an amateur boxer, and a housewife mother.
Rugby league's first openly gay male has stressed there must be consequences for Israel Folau's homophobic outbursts. Former NRL great Ian Roberts sympathises with the Wallabies star's plight, but believes his public stance against homosexuality has been extremely harmful. Speaking to Australia's Channel Nine, Roberts expressed his concern over the toll Folau's social media posts would have on young gay women and men in particular.
Ian Roberts born 31 July is an Australian former professional rugby league player and actor. Late in his football career he announced he was gay which gained him much attention in Australia and worldwide as a result. Roberts was born in London, England.
By Australian Associated Press. Rugby league's first openly gay player has revealed the torment and guilt he still carries more than 20 years after coming out. But, at 50, he's still ashamed for not doing more to save the life of a young friend, a HIV carrier and paedophile victim. Scroll down for video.