Gay Australian rugby player Simon Dunn claps back against internet hate

Australian Simon Dunn is an athletic jack-of-all-trades whose name has frequently graced the online pages of Outsports. Most importantly, Dunn is also an LGBTQ athlete activist who isn’t afraid to speak his mind when someone attacks the community. So when some anonymous hack used his image as part of a meme attempting to take down out and proud gay men everywhere, Dunn clapped back hard against the offender and left no doubt as to how disgusted he was.

The meme in question included a picture of Dunn next to a heading reading “Gay People I Respect” with a list of insulting characteristics including “Acts like a normal person” and “Doesn’t force upon you the fact that they’re gay.” Below Dunn’s picture was another heading: “Gay People I Do Not Respect.” As you might expect, this list included characteristics like “Sexuality is the focal point of their existence,” “Rainbow flag everything,” and “Dresses like a clown to show the world how gay they are.” 

And Dunn took to Twitter and did not mince words: “Don’t use my image for your internalised homophobia, don’t make assumptions on the kind of gay man I am or the kind of gay men I associate myself with. I’ll always support those who are true to themselves and be who they truly are. I will always be your biggest advocate!”

Simply put, when Dunn represents LGBTQ people on the rugby pitch, bobsledding track, or as a public activist, he knows he’s representing everyone in the community. And he’s not shy about stating it for all to see!


Via Outsports

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