Gallagher Premiership side Harlequins has announced that their league match against London Irish will be the club’s inaugural LGBTQ+ Pride Game.
The fixture, which takes place on 15th February 2020, will follow on from Premiership Rugby’s Rainbow Laces campaign and will see Harlequins become the first professional rugby club to host an LGBTQ+ Pride Game.
Taking place as part of LGBT History Month, the club says the game will be a step to break down barriers and drive inclusivity, adding that the fixture is designed to be a celebration of diversity within a sport known for acceptance and progress.
Harlequins’ Club Captain Chris Robshaw said: “It’s genuinely brilliant to see Harlequins take this step to help tackle stigma and drive inclusivity within our game.
“I speak on behalf of the whole playing group in supporting this fantastic initiative and truly hope that we can help the LGBTQ+ community realise that sport is a safe environment that all can enjoy.”
In addition, the Harlequins Foundation has partnered with Monash University in Australia to conduct historic research to support efforts to promote inclusion within community rugby clubs. The club says the reasearch aims to develop education programmes to tackle sexist and homophobic language, which would be delivered throughout the year.