Rugby League

10 Feb 2024

Rugby League represented at Speaker’s LGBT+ History Month celebration

Rugby League represented at Speaker’s LGBT+ History Month celebration

Rugby League was this week represented at a special LGBT+ History Month reception hosted by Speaker of the House of Commons and RFL President Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

LGBT+ History Month celebrates the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements, and aims to promote and celebrate equality and diversity for all LGBT+ people. Sir Lindsay describes himself as “a proud ally of the LGBT+ community”, while Rugby League continues to make progress on LGBT+ inclusion through the TACKLE IT action plan, and clubs such as Keighley Cougars and Salford Red Devils.  

Joining the RFL President were Sinead Doria and Mary Coleman of Wigan Warriors, the RFL’s Andrea Murray and her wife Gemma Hunter, and former Super League referee James Child. 

RFL National Education Manager, Andrea Murray, says: “It was a privilege to attend the reception on behalf of the RFL and share stories of our own journeys and experiences both in the game and in our everyday lives with other attendees and Mr Speaker himself. LGBT+ History Month is very important to me, and to be in a room full of people all with the same attitude to celebrating the event was a great place to be.” 

Keighley Cougars’ first inclusion fixture of 2024 will be next weekend’s AB Sundecks 1895 Cup fixture against Bradford Bulls at Cougar Park (Sunday 18 February). The Cougars will wear their stunning ‘Pride’ kit, which will auctioned off after the game, with fifty percent of the proceeds going to LGBT charity.