Cronulla Sharks forward Toby Rudolf spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about the decision of seven Manly Sea Eagle rugby players to boycott a game this week after refusing to wear rainbow-themed Pride jerseys for the event.
Rudolf, known for his big hair and bigger personality, shared that while he identifies as heterosexual, he believes “love is love, and I love to share it with everyone.”
LOVE IS LOVE: Toby Rudolf on an NRL Pride Round and his sexuality
‘I’ve kissed gay men … I’m not a one-stop shop.’
If we all had Toby’s outlook on love and sexuality, the world would be a beautiful place❤️🌈🦈https://t.co/l8vzQ7IeUl
— christian nicolussi (@mrchrisnico) July 28, 2022
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
“I haven’t got caught up in the Manly situation,” he said. “What I will say is I was raised by quite a few gay and lesbian community members. My uncle is gay and my godmother is gay, and there’s so much love in that community.”
“Sexuality is very fluid. I’ve been out and kissed many gay men, kissed many straight women and kissed many gay women,” he said.
“I’m not a one-stop shop. Love is love, and I love to share it with everyone.
“That’s probably why I love going to the all the gay bars in Sydney as well – I love dancing with my shirt off and getting down Universal on Oxford St until 2am.
“You could say I’m open to both genders but only attracted to one of them.”
Read the full report here.
One result of the Manly kerfuffle was Peter V’landys, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman, said the NRL would consider a pride round. Rudolf says he would support the move.
It’s refreshing to hear from a straight-identifying athlete who isn’t rigid in how he draws lines and boundaries in life.