Australian cricket player James Faulkner comes out on his birthday

Australian cricket player James Faulkner comes out on his birthday

In an Instagram post for his birthday, Australian cricket player James Faulkner came out.

‘Birthday dinner with the boyfriend (best mate!!!) and my mother,’ he wrote in the caption. He also included the hashtage ‘#togetherfor5years’.

The Instagram photo shows Faulkner and his boyfriend and mother enjoying dinner in individual skillets and some wine.

Faulkner’s coming out post | Photo: Instagram @jfaulkner44

Many other cricket players congratulated and showed him support in the comments.

‘Happy birthday mate! Great courage ?,’ wrote Glenn Maxwell.

Brett Lee also commented: ‘Good on ya mate. Have a lovely birthday Jimmy.’

Lee previously condemned homophobia in sports.

Often referred to as the ‘Finisher’ in his cricket career, Faulkner plays for Tasmania. He is an all-rounder, performing well at both batting and bowling.

He was a member of the Australian team when they won the 2015 Cricket World Cup and was the Man of the Match in the final.

Cricket and the LGBTI community

Like many other sports, cricket isn’t without its ups and downs with the LGBTI community.

Cricket Australia previously supported marriage equality in the country and won at last year’s Australian Pride in Sport Awards.

An English cricketer, Ben Stokes, was found not guilty last August after getting into a brawl while defending two gay men.

Most recently, though, England cricket captain Joe Root allegedly faced homophobic abuse from another player. That player, Shannon Gabriel, received a four one-day match ban.

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Author: Anya Crittenton