I think his statement was referring to young lads thinking the sport wouldn’t be for them or whatever.Who would they be now?
And yes, if it makes it easier for other players, great.
But yesterday I was watching a woman from a gay alliance group (can't remember which one) talking about marching in the Paddy's day parade in 1992, and getting pelted by a bottle. OF course there are probably still some bigots who would do that today, but as a country we're a million miles away from that sort of intolerance.
We had a gay Taioseach a few years ago and hardly anyone gave a damn. That would not be possible 30 years ago.