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Advocates want All Black to come out

AFP-JIJI

Gay rights advocates in New Zealand have called for a homosexual All Blacks player to openly declare his sexuality and act as a role model in the fight against bigotry.

Broadcaster Steve Gray told the Sunday Star-Times that he was aware there had been several gay All Blacks and that it was time for one to stand up and be counted.

The openly-gay TV presenter even said he had slept with one player, although none from the team have ever come out in the country where rugby is a national passion.

“Everyone always asks what his name was, but I can’t remember. I don’t know who the All Blacks are. But at the time I checked with a friend and it was totally true,” he said.

His comments follow the appearance of English soccer star Matt Jarvis on the cover of British gay magazine Attitude.

Jarvis, who is married and straight, said it was time gay soccer players felt comfortable enough to step forward and that they would receive support from within the soccer community.