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Transgender football star showered with praise as she hits the red carpet

Max Sherry

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Transgender football star showered with praise as she hits the red carpet

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/daniellemaylaidley07/Twitter/Ch7

Former football star Dani Laidley has taken the red carpet by storm at the Australian Football League (AFL) Brownlow Medal awards that celebrates the greats and the heavyweights of the nation's favourite past time.

Former AFL coach and premiership player Dani Laidley made an appearance at the Brownlow Medals.

Laidley, a former coach and trophy-winning player, unveiled her true self at the AFL's night of nights.

Walking the red carpet, the ex-North Melbourne Kangaroos star wore a white dress which matched with her partner Donna Leckie.

And even though she has walked the same red carpet time and time again, this time she did it as her true self.

And that moment for her was better than all of her past Brownlows combined.

“[I've attended] perhaps eight or nine Brownlows [before],” Laidley said upon arrival.

“Now to be here celebrating as myself, I’m so very grateful.”

A few years ago, Laidley's transition to a woman was made very public after images of her new look were leaked by Victorian Police via social media.

Since then, the 55-year-old has made countless public appearances – although this year's Brownlow night was perhaps the biggest.

"It’s a beautiful moment for us both," Laidley's partner Leckie told Channel Seven.

"I don’t think we’ve ever been so spoiled and felt so really beautiful."

To which Laidley added: “It’s been wonderful… it’s just been phenomenal.

"I just said when we came down the stairs ‘we are so grateful and overwhelmed for what you’ve done for us to get here tonight and go enjoy the night of nights’, which we haven’t had for quite a few years."

The wider AFL community also rallied behind Laidley, showing their support on social media calling out any nasty comments.


Laidley's appearance at the Brownlow Medal comes not long after she refused to rule out a return to coaching in the future.

"The itch is there, it is always there," she told The Herald Sun.

"I love to coach and develop people and bring out the best side of them. What that looks like in the future I am not too sure.

"I would not by any stretch of the imagination go back into elite level coaching, I would not think so, but it might be time to give back at lower levels, community levels, which I have really enjoyed previously."

Topics: LGBTQ, Sport, Australia, News

Max Sherry
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