ABC sports broadcaster Corbin Middlemas praised for coming out publicly in brave opinion piece
SPORTS broadcaster Corbin Middlemas has been praised for publicly revealing his sexuality and the struggle he had with coming out in the masculine world of sports media.
The WA journalist, who works for ABC Grandstand in Sydney, bravely wrote a first-person piece detailing how he knew from a very young age that his love for Aussie Rules somehow conflicted with who he was.
He explained while the rest of Australia had moved forward with acceptance of the gay community and in turn its support for marriage equality, the sports world was still behind.
“A retired AFL footballer told me last year he suspects those in the locker room don't have an issue with openly gay players, but it's the circus outside that stops players from coming out,” he wrote. “What does that say about us, as the sports media, and as footy fans more broadly?”
Middlemas’ decision to come out publicly as well as his frank assessment of the footy world has been praised by dozens of players and media identities.
WAFL star Haiden Schloithe was the first footy player to offer support tweeting: “All class legend” after the ABC journo posted a link to his piece online.
Seven sports journalists Basil Zempilas and Adrian Barich also praised Middlemas with Zempilas tweeting: “Bravo Corbie. Fine broadcaster. Top bloke.”
6PR’s Simon Beaumont tweeted: “Onya sport. I am a massive fan of your broadcasting ability. Go well.”
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