Meet David Pocock, the Straight Aussie Rugby Player Fighting for Marriage Equality

Meet David Pocock, the Straight Aussie Rugby Player Fighting for Marriage Equality

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The debate around marriage equality in Australia has been growing at a huge pace in recent weeks, with disgusting anti-LGBT posters going up on one side, and this week, marriage equality rallies up and down the country. Even members of Australia’s rugby team, the Wallabies, have pitched in on different sides of the argument, bringing into play perhaps the hunkiest of LGBT allies. Enter David Pocock.

An anti-equality stance by his 28-year-old teammate Israel Folau was liked almost 3,000 times on Twitter. Folau said: “I love and respect people for who they are and their opinions, but personally I will not support gay marriage.”

Pocock, on the other hand, said this:

We’ve got a new crush. Known for his activism against homophobia, David Pocock also tweeted a quote by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, another LGBT ally, that read, “In the words of one of my heroes, ‘My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.’”

David Pocock has also made some great points when it comes to Christian lobbies opposing gay marriage. At one point he said, “Being brought up in a Christian home and still identifying as Christian, I get pretty annoyed with the Christian lobbies around the world who say gay marriage destroys the family and all that kind of rubbish. They claim to follow someone who always stood up for the oppressed and marginalised.”

Here’s Pocock after a recent game in Japan, where he plays for the Japanese Top League side, Panasonic Wild Knights.

And here he is in a video clip looking really cute and excited while talking about elephants.

David Pocock was the face of skincare brand Dove’s #strengthtocare campaign that challenges traditional stereotypes around masculinity.

Here he is after his first game with the Wild Knights.

And here’s an awesome shot from a training session with the Wallabies back in Australia.

It’s fantastic to have LGBT allies from all walks of life. If they’re also gorgeous, we’re not complaining.