Irish Gaelic football captain thanks players’ boyfriends after championship win


Irish Football League

Irish Gaelic football captain thanks players’ boyfriends after championship win

By Jim Buzinski@outsports on Mar 19 2014, 3:23p +

Ger Brennan is the captain of Dublin’s St Vincent’s in the Gaelic football league. His team had just defeated Castlebar Mitchels in the All-Ireland Club Championship on St Patrick’s Day and he gave a speech to the fans:

“To the family, girlfriends, boyfriends of the players and everyone involved, there’s a lot of work that goes into playing for your club team and the county, and there’s always an awful lot of support behind us.

“People don’t often see that so I’d like to give thanks to all the families and friends.”
The BBC reports that “Irish gay rights campaigner and drag queen Panti Bliss tweeted: ‘Love the casual inclusivity of this. And not an eyelash was batted. Respect.’ ”

The league has had two brothers were are both gay — Donal Óg Cusack, who came out in 2009, and his younger brother Conor Cusack, who came out in January. Conor Cusak came out in a post on Google+, in which he wrote:

I’ve known for a good while now that I have been sexually attracted to men. In that time, I’ve had relationships with women, and enjoyed them immensely but I’ve always had more fulfilment from being with a man. I’m not sure what label society would categorise me under. … I have never denied anything about this part of my life because no one has ever asked me the question. I often use Shakespeare’s quote in my talks ‘To thine own self be true so to no man can thoust ever be false again’. … A great weight hasn’t been lifted off my shoulders. I worked through and removed that many years before. Still though, it’s nice as my head just hits the pillow on Sunday night to get a phone call from my Dad. “Hi Con. Just want to say your Mam and I love you. Good night”.

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