Richard Gilbert: “Rugby helps with my mental health, it’s a real solace, so for me lockdown was real.”

It is the nature of inclusive clubs that had Richard Gilbert ahead of many other newcomers when he first joined the Glasgow Raptors by virtue of purely being a fan of rugby. Of course, he never felt like that was the case. By his own admission, he did not know what he was doing the …

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Luke Harding: “I definitely feel I wouldn’t have engaged in something like a rugby club without some kind of LGBT+ inclusivity or safeguarding.”

It has been a particularly strange year for Glasgow Raptors chair Luke Harding. Taking over the role after the pandemic had already started, to call it a baptism of fire might be being generous. He has had to deal with matches and tournaments being cancelled, being unable to train for long spells and the risk …

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Chris Young: “If a top player comes out, good for him, but when it’s in your face you can see that everyone’s here to play sport at the end of the day, and everyone’s the same on the pitch.”

It should not be a surprise that Chris Young is a rugby player. Growing up in Larne, his dad – a life-long member of the local rugby club – had him playing touch and tag ruby from an early age. He was not allowed to play football at school, where rugby dominated in the form …

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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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Laura Montgomery: “There were probably other people at the time that said it was arrogance. I think Cas and I genuinely believed we could do things better.”

Laura Montgomery is one of the co-founders of Glasgow City, the dominant side of women's football in Scotland. She rose from not being allowed to play as a child, to forming her own club, playing for and captaining them, and watching on as the club went from strength to strength domestically and in Europe.