The Sheffield Eagles from Sheffield in South Yorkshire have joined forces with the Rugby Football League (RFL) to show their support in the fight against homophobia. The team is dedicating their home game against Widnes Vikings at Bramall Lane, Sheffield on Sunday March 13 to the RFL’s ‘Homophobia: Tackle It!’ campaign. To show their their support, they will wear a specially commissioned one-off playing shirt, which will be sponsored by LGBT History Month and Pride Sports, and will come emblazoned with the ‘Homophobia: Tackle It!’ slogan. This act, will make the Sheffield Eagles the first professional club in mainstream UK sport to display such a high level of support for the anti-homophobia campaign.
The Eagles efforts are part of the Rugby Football League’s celebrations of LGBT History Month, which began on February 1.
England cricketer Steven Davies, who recently announced his homosexuality to the world, was among the first to show his support for the event.
“Gareth Thomas was a real inspiration and made me believe it would be possible for me to do the same,” said England cricketer Steven Davies, “So anything that helps even one person should be applauded. “There may be added pressures in sports as the number of people that have come out is so small, so it’s great that the Rugby League is taking this step.”