Sport has sometimes been towards the back of the class when it comes to a progressive attitude towards difference but in recent years there has been a greater momentum behind reaching out as an inclusive activity for all.
Things are better now perhaps than they have ever been but much work still needs to be done to ensure that sexual orientation is no barrier to playing and engaging with sport.
Almost all our sporting Governing Bodies have stepped up to the plate and been supportive.
Here is a small sample of some of the social media commentary that served to celebrate Dublin Pride this past few days and weeks.
Try with #pride🌈
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) June 27, 2020
— ShoutOut (@ShoutOut_IE) June 28, 2020
“I didn’t tell my teammates. I didn’t feel comfortable telling them, I still wasn’t able to say the words, ‘I am gay.'”@goughd4, All-Ireland final referee, on the challenges he faced growing up gay in the GAA to celebrating this year’s #Pride with @officialgaa
— JOE.ie (@JOEdotie) June 27, 2020
— WGPA (@WomensGPA) June 28, 2020
🗣 “For a child to see someone on TV who’s gay talk about their life and the support they were receiving from their own association… it would have had a huge impact on me as a young person” – @goughd4 👏 #Pride #GAA @officialgaa
— Sports Media LGBT+ (@SportsMediaLGBT) June 28, 2020
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