02.17.09 9 years ago 11 Comments

Pictured above is one of the many attractive women who tried out for the cheerleading squad of the Penrith Panthers, a team in Australia’s National Rugby League.  I’m leading with her because this story is really about another person who made the team, 19-year-old Aaron Neich, who became the first male cheerleader in the NRL (fabulous video after the jump).  He’s here, he’s queer, deal with it.

He is expecting some heckling but is prepared. “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,” he said. “If you have got it, flaunt it.” […]

Aaron said they will “butch” him up in black cargo pants and a pink tank top without the pom poms his female colleagues will use.

Good for Aaron.  Here’s hoping that drunken rugby fans don’t resort to slurs.  And here’s hoping he still wears the fishnet hose under his cargo pants.  Cheerleaders appreciate acts of solidarity like that.

[via Deadspin, which hasn’t seen an episode of “Jeopardy!” in eight years]

[Rugby cheerleader galleries here and here]

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