The All Black says he is “very, very happy” with the interview he gave express.
TJ Perenara says he stands by his support for New Zealand’s LGBT community and will not apologise for his stance.
As the All Blacks arrived back into New Zealand today from the Rugby World Cup in Japan, Perenara was asked about the reaction to his initial interview.
“I spoke to Express Magazine a few months ago, and just had an open conversation about where I feel things stand, my opinion on it,” Perenara said.
“I’m content with that (interview). I’m very, very happy with that interview” the 27-year-old All Black told reporters.
Perenara says that he is hopeful that there will one day be a gay All Black although he was “unsure when it will happen.”
“I hope that we’re at a spot that – when it does happen – it’s a situation that’s welcomed by everyone, and that it’s OK.”
“That’s the environment that we want as All Blacks. That’s the environment that we should strive for as New Zealanders – that people can be themselves in whatever environment they choose to succeed in.”
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