Rhyian Anderson-Morley

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Rhyian Anderson-Morley
Personal information
Full name Rhyian Anderson-Morley
Date of birth (1990-06-21) 21 June 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) Yarraville Seddon Eagles
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 97 kg (214 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Yarraville Seddon Eagles
Number 11
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
2013– Yarraville Seddon Eagles

Rhyian Anderson-Morley (born 21 June 1990) is an Australian rules football player currently playing for the Yarraville Seddon Eagles in the Western Region Football League in Melbourne, Australia. Rhyian was born in Adelaide, South Australia but moved to Melbourne, Victoria in 2012 to play football. Anderson-Morley plays in the forward line in the Reserves squad and is also the current Team Manager for the Seniors team and a Committee Board Member of the Yarraville Seddon Eagles

Early life[edit]

Anderson-Morley was born in 1990, and did not begin to play Australian rules football until the age of 22 due to his thoughts growing up that "gay blokes don't play footy".[1] When Anderson-Morley moved to Melbourne, he began playing football at Yarraville Seddon Eagles and began to work on his skills as well as fitness and became a regular player in the forward line in the Reserves squad.

Coming out[edit]

Anderson-Morley became the second ever Australian Rules Football player to come out publicly as gay in an article written by himself and published on the Front Page of The Age newspaper in Melbourne.[2] Anderson-Morley cited several public statements regarding homosexuality in sport, such as Sam Newman's comments that Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on TV was "annoyingly gratuitous",[3] as encouraging him to come out so publicly so as to provide a positive role model to young gay people who would want to play sport.[4]

Controversy[edit]

Anderson-Morley's article suffered some criticism from the LGBTI community for his use of the word "normal" in his article. Anderson-Morley defended his comments in an interview stating that when he, and presumably other, kids realised they were gay they felt as if they were not "normal" and as he became an adult, he realised that being gay did not make him different and he could do those "normal" things he did not think he could, such as playing football.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/sport/come-out-and-then-what/125208
  2. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/comment/im-gay-and-i-play-footy-whats-the-big-deal-20140531-zrt07.html
  3. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/nfl-draftee-michael-sams-kiss-annoyingly-gratuitous-sam-newman-20140515-zrd41.html
  4. ^ http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/sport/aussie-rules-player-comes-out-says-it-shouldnt-be-a-big-deal/123659
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.