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Rugby Football League commits to gay equality

The Rugby Football League have joined Stonewalls Diversity Champions Programme - their membership presents a landmark as they are the first national governing body of a major sport to join the scheme. Its now hoped other sporting organisations will follow suit.

In a press statement Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of Stonewall commented:-

'We're delighted at the vision being shown by the RFL, Homophobia still deters far too many gay people from being both fans and participants in sport. We hope that we'll soon see a British Ian Roberts, an iconic Rugby League player able both to come out as gay and play world class rugby at the same time.' 

RFL's Equality and Diversity Manger, Sarah Williams said 'I am very proud to be a part of an organisation that has a genuine commitment to equality and diversity. I am confident that the RFL as an organisation and the wider Rugby League family will rise to the challenge and look forward working with Stonewall to make a real difference.'

Stonewall will be sending posters stating 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' to all RFL clubs when the new season begins in March. This will also be provided as a visual for match programmes, local advertising and community engagement. The RFL will be holding an event at the beginning of the new season to officially launch their partnership with Stonewall.

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