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Cats proud to support Pride

Geelong AFL men’s captain Joel Selwood, AFLW skipper Meg McDonald, and club CEO Steve Hocking hold the Rainbow flag. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

GEELONG captain Joel Selwood has declared he would be “proud” of the first player in the AFL men’s competition to come out as gay.

And following the wide acceptance of Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo revealing late last year he was gay, the veteran Cats leader believes an AFL player would receive a similar reception.

“I think it would be widely accepted by all players,” Selwood said as the Cats raised a rainbow flag at the club ahead of this weekend’s AFLW Pride Round.

“I know I usually don’t like talking in those terms on behalf of everyone because I don’t think you should.

“But, especially from myself, I think it would be accepted, and I really encourage individuals to come out.

“Even from a guy that’s been around for a long time, (I’d) be really proud of that person if they did.”

Geelong’s AFLW team will again don a specially designed jumper for Friday night’s clash with Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium.

It will feature the Rainbow flag as one of the hoops and the Transgender flag on the shoulders.

“That is a significant part of the design and the reason it was designed that way,” McDonald said.

“And to think such established clubs and communities are now really welcoming – and not only welcoming but celebrating everyone- I think it is really important to how the LGBTIQ+ community feels and is supported that they included and part of the design and celebrated.

“I think that will really help participation and help the community feel like we are here for them, and we want to celebrate them and see them involved in the footy.”

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