Memoirs of a showgirl Shay Stafford with Bryce Corbett. Stafford takes us on an armchair ride of her life from Brisbane schoolgirl to celebrated Paris showgirl.
Since they already had four pictures of me and a resume, I figured this was the point at which I was going to have to be handsome and charming and win over casting directors on the spot, and I was right.
Then, without any input from my conscious mind, my mouth was off and running.
Nobody that knew me before or after could ever really believe it. Everybody seemed quite pleased and every word flowed intuitively and I barely remember what I said. This was immediately after I confirmed I was auditioning for one of the gay roles. So what is it about queer men in contact sports that seems incongruous with what these athletes should be like?
This is a thought that has been on my mind a lot lately. I have recently re-enrolled at TCNJ, the school where I began my undergraduate degree and played rugby for four years, serving as the team treasurer for three.
Running late to class one day, I was texting my friend Inessa, who also played rugby and is currently finishing graduate school there. She sent two of the girls from the current team to pick me up from the train station so I could get to class on time.
Both were gay and one I knew from an Alumni Day game a few years back. How about the guys team, I asked? The team was around at least two years before I got there, maybe even three or four.
There were things that kept me quiet about my sexuality though. The largest was that, right out of high school I was socially awkward and a good sixty pounds heavier than I am now. I wanted to wait and get better, lest I prove that stereotype about queer men being effeminate and unathletic.
Sadly, by the time I got in great shape, I also got mono right before school started and was benched for the competitive season of my senior year.
There has never, to this day, been a greater disappointment in my life than being benched that season.
The team was not entirely without homophobia, but by the time I was a junior I was putting the kibosh on homophobic language on the pitch what little there was and as a team leader, I was mostly respected. Additionally, other players whom I respected deeply began policing rookies for homophobic remarks and were extremely supportive of me, both when I was obviously queer but not talking about it and I never dated so I never had anything to either talk about or hide, really and then when it was official, in the form of being on my Facebook page.
This brings me to a number of questions. How to we get all teams to be as cool as mine? Certainly being a liberal education school in New Jersey helped. Once the token queer player graduates, how do you maintain that lack of homophobia, so new players will find a queer positive space?
I remember tabling for rugby and trying to get anybody who gave us more than a cursory glance to at least come out to a practice.
We told them about the body diversity on the team and the diversity of different sports that ruggers had played in high school, and those, like me, who were simply couch potatoes. There was one kid who read as very effeminate and gay and a team mate joined me in encouraging him to come out to a practice.
Would this have happened without me?
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