Global star impressed at initiative
Sir Elton John has sent a message of support to Sheffield Eagles after hearing about their historic decision to wear a kit promoting an anti-homophobia message against Widnes Vikings last Sunday.
Sir Elton, currently in Los Angeles following his world-famous annual Oscars party, took time out of his schedule to applaud the efforts of Sheffield Eagles, LGBT History Month, Pride Sports and the Rugby Football League in standing up against homophobia in sport.
“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.”
Sheffield Eagles took to the field at Bramall Lane, Sheffield wearing a kit bearing the slogan "Homophobia: Tackle It!" - a first for professional sport. The specially made kit has been funded by LGBT History Month and Pride Sports with the assistance of the UCU, NUT and NASUWT unions.
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