The power of AFL football: Pride game helps foster change in country Victoria | Kate O’Halloran

Footy has a special capacity to raise political issues in a way that is amenable to changing community attitudes, as demonstrated in Hamilton at the weekend

By his own admission, Lachlan Beaton was the kind of footballer who participated in the macho culture that has stereotypically been attributed to men’s AFL. Playing (and later coaching) for the University of Melbourne’s Uni Blacks, he worked hard to be “one of the boys”, and admits to using homophobic slurs on the field to try and assert his own masculinity.

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