The adorable Aaron Neich is the brand new 19-year-old cheerleader for the Penrith Panthers, a team in Australia’s National Rugby League. And he’s gay. Let me repeat: Neich is a gay male cheerleader in a rugby league, arguably one of the most machismo sports where homophobic taunts are part of game play. But Neich isn’t fazed when it comes to the possibility of backlash: “I have had it all my life, I have grown up with getting names called, if people call me a gay poof, I am and I don’t care.” And as for his uniform, they’ll “butch” him up with “black cargo pants and a pink tank top without the pom poms his female colleagues will use.” So let’s see one of his routines:
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“If you have got it, flaunt it. Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me, as the saying goes.
“The reason why everyone is so ‘Oh My God’ is because I am out the west, the west is knowns as being hard headed and blokey blokey.”
Aaron said he hopes he can set an example for other young kids who might be at the football with their families but are also interested in dance.