Brock McGillis: “I absolutely love being a gay man, and I try and say it everywhere because most kids have never heard that.”

Major sports have an immense power to anyone who follows them. As we saw last year during the pandemic, football can provide an escape from everyday worries. For all the vitriol that can be seen from "fans" on social media, taking the knee before matches has helped spark conversation around racial inequality and we have …

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Extra Time 5 with Pride of the Terraces

For many LGBT+ people, the stigma and stereotypes around sport are enough to put them off before ever getting the chance to take part themselves. Already in the current football season we have seen homophobic chants coming from some fans, so it is really no wonder that some would rather avoid that world altogether. Sport …

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Jay Forster: “If someone sees hatred, then that’s going to affect them. If someone sees me being out and proud, that will affect them too.”

Whenever Olympic Games come around, sports that struggle to get much attention are suddenly thrust into a new spotlight, opening up the chance that the next generation will be inspired to take them up That was certainly the case for Jay Forster watching the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 from afar. Ice hockey is now …

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Extra Time 3 with Pride of the Terraces

Trans inclusion in sport has come under a renewed microscope in 2020. World Rugby’s controversial stance that led to them implementing a ban on trans women taking part in the sport came in for serious criticism, with the RFU deciding not to adopt the policy and other nations conducting research in order to make a …

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Jessica Platt: “I didn’t have anyone that I felt like I needed to be, I didn’t have to put on a front anymore.”

Much like football is a way of life for many in the UK, ice hockey is a cultural institution in Canada. That was certainly the case for Jessica Platt, who grew up playing the sport – even to the point that she had an ice rink set up in her backyard. Really Platt competed in …

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Zach Sullivan: “I just needed someone to tell me there was nothing wrong with it.”

In January, professional ice hockey player Zach Sullivan made headlined when he became the first UK player to come out. Since then his life has been a whirlwind of media interest off the ice, which has been quite the adjustment for someone who used to hate doing interviews. Here he talks about coming out in the public eye, what he hoped to achieve by going public and how struggling with his sexuality affected him for over a decade.

Elite Ice Hockey League Pride Weekend: “It’s such an all-inclusive atmosphere, it’s competitive, it’s exciting.”

This weekend the Elite Ice Hockey League are holding their first ever Pride Weekend, with teams up and down the country taking to the ice in rainbow colours and specially designed pucks being used in matches. All 10 of the sides in the division are hosting at least one Pride match, with the first taking …

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