Singer Sir Elton John and athletes
Gareth Thomas and Steven Davies have cheered the anti-homophobia
campaign of UK rugby team the Sheffield Eagles.
During Sunday's match against the
Widnes Vikings, the Eagles wore jerseys that said, “Homophobia –
Tackle It!” The anti-homophobia campaign is a first for
professional sport in Great Britain.
to the website Love Rugby League, Sir Elton, who
along with his partner, filmmaker David Furnish, recently became a
father, applauded the move in a statement.
"I am delighted to hear about
Sheffield Eagles' initiative" said Sir Elton. "I feel that
an enormous step forward is being undertaken when Rugby League
recognises the diversity of human sexuality. I applaud all those
involved in this initiative. Best wishes and love."
The sport is becoming increasingly gay
For instance, Welsh rugby star Gareth
Thomas received widespread support from teammates and coaches after
he announced he's gay in 2009.
Another player, the UK's Ben Cohen, has
organized a campaign to support LGBT charities and groups. The
married father of two will visit four U.S. cities beginning in May to
advocate for gay rights.
to Outsports.com, Thomas, former basketball star John Amaechi and
out cricket player Steven Davies also supported the Eagles' move.