Australian (New South Wales Waratahs) rugby player Isreal Folau who was against same-sex marriages in Australia decided to take to twitter and had to share “I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. but personally, I will not support gay marriage.” If that comment wasn't enough he decided to make another one about LGBT individuals and has gotten him into some hot water.
It appears that last week on Instagram a follower posted a question to Folau; “what was gods plan for gay people?” and his replay was; “HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Well, it appears that Folau comments haven't gone over to well with Rugby Australia or the New South Wales Waratahs. They are demanding an explanation from him and have since denounced the player.
Folau is now whining that he is somehow how being 'persecuted" after his comments and they shared on twitter the following: “blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
This might be the time for him to review the Rugby Australia's inclusion police.. It reads as follows: “Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion. There is no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions and words both on and off the field must reflect this.”
He is scheduled to meet with officials on Tuesday. Wonder what his explanation will be?
Robert Páez in an op-ed by Outsports came out.
Páez is a professional diver for Venezuela, he represented the country at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. The 23-year old stated: “Growing up in Venezuela, I knew from a very young age that I was different, despite not knowing what exactly that meant,”
He further stated:
I was born gay. As I got older I became more aware of it, and as I grew–like with so many others–it became my great dilemma. It was a source of worry that I was interested in things like dancing and fashion, things that in my culture were for women and gays. I shied away from doing many things. I was at times ashamed to go out into society, to face who I really was.
Páez says he is no longer ashamed of who he is and his sexuality. For many years it was fear that prevented him from coming out. However he feel that he is no longer going to give in to that fear. “Accepting ourselves and respecting ourselves are big first steps. Life is too beautiful to be hidden in a closet.”
“In sharing my story, I hope to help make homosexuality as common of a word as heterosexuality,” he writes. “We have to understand that we are all equal.”
Here are a few Instagram pages and you can read the full op-ed at Outsports.