Inter-county Gaelic Games players from all over Ireland will celebrate Pride and show their support for LGBTQ+ players and the wider community, by taking part in Dublin’s Pride Parade on June 25th.

Current and former players have been invited to a specially organised Pride Breakfast before joining the rest of the Gaelic Games family to march in the main focal point of Ireland’s Pride celebrations.

The GPA have teamed up with sustainable and purpose-driven clothing company the Human Collective to focus attention on the promotion of inclusivity in Gaelic games.

The Human Collective is an Irish clothing brand spreading the message of equality and supporting social inclusion. Players from across Ireland will be wearing specially branded GPA Human Collective rainbow t-shirts throughout the month to raise visibility. A donation from the sale of all of their range is divided between Sport against Racism Ireland, LGBT Ireland and the Irish Youth Foundation.

The aim of the campaign is to foster collective pride in the diversity that already exists within our games by acknowledging and standing side by side with all former, current and future LGBTQ+ players, and to prompt further conversations across Ireland about creating more inclusive communities.

It arose from an LGBTQ+ sub-committee established by the GPA which is working on initiatives to help ensure that all players can bring their whole, authentic selves to all areas of their lives.

The launch of the t-shirt campaign was attended by some of the inter-county game’s biggest names including Aisling Maher (Dublin Camogie), Anna Galvin (Kerry Football), Cillian O’Sullivan (Meath Football), Timmy Hammersley (Tipperary Hurling) and Michael Darragh McAuley (Dublin Football and Chief Impact Officer at the Human Collective).

“Research published by the GPA in association with Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show recently showed that there is overwhelming support for LGBTQ+ teammates within inter-county dressing rooms,” said the GPA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager Gemma Begley.

45 per cent of players are already aware of an ‘out’ teammate and 99 per cent said they would be supportive of a player making that decision.

“With the t-shirt campaign and by taking part in the Pride Breakfast and Pride Parade we want to spread a message of inclusivity, support and allyship.”

“Whether you play Gaelic games or not, we want you to know that as players and as people, we respect you, we welcome you into our communities and we are here to listen and learn because we know we certainly don’t know it all.”

“On behalf of the Human Collective, we’re delighted to team up with the GPA and players in every county to share our support for Pride month,” added Michael Darragh McAuley of the Pride Collective.

“Gaelic Games have such an important reach and cultural footprint within Ireland, so this campaign is vital in helping us to spread the message that we are all different, all equal, all human.”

“Knowing personally the impact that Gaelic Games has in the communities across the island, it would be great if the next generation, no matter how they identify, feel comfortable putting on the local team’s jersey and feel comfortable within the GAA.”


Sport for Business will host a members round table meeting on LGBTQ+ and Sport in Ireland in 2022 on Tuesday morning, June 28th in Dublin. For details click on the image below to go to our events page.




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