The NSWRL is pleased to announce it will lend its support to the Newtown Jets' inaugural Pride and Diversity Day to celebrate and show support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community.
The day, scheduled for Saturday 8 June at Henson Park, will culminate with a Canterbury Cup NSW match between the Newtown Jets and Wentworthville Magpies.
“The NSWRL has a proud history of being inclusive and we’re proud to be associated with Newtown’s Pride and Diversity Day,” said NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden.
“We already run a number of wonderful programs to make sure that Rugby League is inclusive and accessible for everybody including Monarch Blues Tag (non-tackle), weight dispensation scheme, Fast Footy and Try League (culturally and linguistically diverse communities).
“I encourage everyone to get down to Henson Park on Saturday 8 June, support a wonderful cause where 'Everyone is Welcome', and enjoy what should be a great game of footy.”
The theme of the match is “Everyone is Welcome” which reflects the values of the NSWRL, the Newtown Jets, the NRL and the game of Rugby League.
Jets players will wear rainbow-coloured socks and the field will be marked with rainbow flags in support of the LGBTIQ community.
“Our club’s footprint is home to one of Australia’s largest LGBTIQ communities,” Newtown Jets Director David Ray said.
“The launch of Pride and Diversity Day celebrates the contribution of the LGBTIQ community to our club and region. It reaffirms that Newtown is everyone’s team, and everyone is welcome at Henson Park.
“I thank my fellow directors, the Cronulla Sharks, the NSWRL and the NRL for their immediate and strong support of Pride and Diversity Day on Saturday June 8.”