Zy Evangelista: “The moment I stepped on to the court to play that game, it’s like I just forgot about everything else.”

Zy Evangelista went through many of the same emotions growing up that so many other LGBT+ people felt about sport. They were a huge basketball fan, but was never able to commit to playing at school. The difference was that in their case, it had nothing to do with their sexuality or gender identity – …

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Manish Modi: “Graces has allowed me to be a good cricketer, but a better person as well.”

Tomorrow a history-making match will be taking place as Graces and the Birmingham Unicorns face off in the first ever cricket match between two LGBT+ inclusive clubs. While the Unicorns are the newcomers on the block, with Lachlan Smith making the first moves to start the club last year, Graces have gone for decades without …

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Andy Paul: “All of my squad know who I am, and they are very defensive of me which is lovely.”

Although athletics has always been in Andy Paul's life, he was never seen as particularly sporty at school. Paul's mother was a multi-eventer, competing in sprint races, hurdles and long jump, while his father used to be a race official. Therefore, it was perhaps no surprise that Paul, his brother and his sister all got …

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Frazer Robertson: “You don’t reach the top and then stop. You always have to work at it, LGBT+ inclusion in sport is never going to go away.”

Even among those who would class themselves as very sporty people, floorball is not a discipline that many will be familiar with. The simplest way of describing it is as ice hockey without the ice, and slightly less contact. Teams of six play over three 20-minute periods, usually indoors, with a ball instead of a …

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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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Vixx: “If I lost everybody, I was still going to do it.”

In many ways, Vixx is where he is now by chance. A personal trainer, fitness consultant, massage therapist and nutritional therapist as well as running marathons, it seems a far cry from working in a cinema to make some money at university when his journey started to take shape. Working his way up from projectionist …

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Extra Time 4 with Pride of the Terraces

A prevalent theme for underrepresented communities in sport is that you can’t be what you can’t see. It is a refrain often repeated in women’s sport, football especially, but it is just as true for the LGBT+ community. It was particularly pleasing, therefore, to see such a prominence of articles across several media outlets for …

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Duncan Petrie: “We don’t like to call ourselves an LGBT+ team, we are an inclusive team, and anyone is welcome to join.”

Duncan Petrie had always wanted to play rugby, he just never saw the opportunity to actually go and do it. That is a perspective that many people within the LGBT+ community may relate to, but in Petrie's case it was as much to do with location as it was his sexuality. Growing up in Alford, …

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Kyle Yeats: “I know the club was a bit of a lifeline for me during the first lockdown, and I’m sure it has been for others too.”

As someone who was never particularly interested in sports growing up, the idea that Kyle Yeats would be doing PR for a rugby club never even came close to entering his mind. Holding the role of publicity officer at Aberdeen Taexali though, that is the exact situation that the 30-year-old finds himself in. Born and …

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Cailum Lawson: “A lot of people just don’t think that gay people play sports. We do, and some of us are pretty damn good at it.”

Inclusive clubs are a place where people who have dropped out of sport can return in a welcoming environment. Equally, they can provide a chance for people who have never felt sport could be a place for them to take their first steps. For those who are well-versed in the sport of their choice though, …

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