Thursday, 13th February 2020 @ 15:20
What’s on? Harlequins confirm day’s events ahead of pioneering LGBTQ+ Pride themed fixture against London Irish
This weekend’s Gallagher Premiership fixture against London Irish marks a first for elite level rugby, with Harlequins the first professional rugby club to hold a Pride themed fixture in an innovative step to break down barriers and drive inclusivity.
On the day, the Club is handing out 250 LGBTQ+ branded t-shirts and 2000 LGBTQ+ Pride flags while there will be rainbow themed pyrotechnics, ten large guard of honour rainbow flags and the day’s referees and mascots will be wearing LGBTQ+ themed clothing, including rainbow touch-line flags. Adding an extra twist of flair to the afternoon’s festivities, a t-shirt cannon with LGBTQ+ t-shirts will feature at half-time, amongst other features at the break. Fans can also find out at half-time whether they've won the Mighty Draw, announced by former Harlquins player and LGBTQ+ community member Simon Miall. You can also hear from Miall at half-time about his experience at Harlequins and being a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
The club is also hosting a pre-game panel moderated by Nick Heath (LGBTQ+ Rugby commentator) featuring Dr Zoe Saynor (LGBTQ+ Harlequin’s Women player), Simon Miall (LGBTQ+ Harlequins player from 2002-2007), Lord Robert Hayward (LGBTQ+ Conservative politician and founding member of the Kings Cross Steelers), Craig Maxwell-Keys (LGBTQ+ Premiership Rugby Referee), and Jamie Hooper (LGBTQ+ Senior Equality & Diversity Manager, Sport England).
The Club’s shop will offer rainbow mugs available for purchase to the general public, while there will be half-time entertainment in the form of a kicking competition featuring two Harlequins members who got engaged at Big Game Eleven.
Charities The Terrance Higgins Trust, Stonewall and the LGBT+ Police Network will host stands handing out educational content and giveaway items.
Supporters can also view multiple digital features on current and former players and an inclusive London-based amateur rugby club across Harlequins’ social media platforms over the week.
Harlequins encourages fans to bring the noise to The Stoop for all home matches, but this week we want you to bring your colours too! Wear the colours of the rainbow, whether you bring your own or acquire on the day and get behind the team in a key Premiership clash against London Irish on Saturday.