Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:56

Kiruna IF: The First LGBT-Certified Sport Team

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The professional hockey team of Kiruna IF, the same name as the city in Sweden where this team is, decided to become the first LGBT certified sport team and will proudly wear on the ice the colors of the LGBTQ community with their rainbow jerseys.

"During the season 2014/2015, Kiruna IF will change their uniforms and make a stand by wearing rainbow-colored jerseys," the club announced in a press release. "In addition to this gesture, the players will give talks in schools, as part of a collaboration with Kiruna Municipality, and participate in events which aim to increase the understanding and acceptance of people's differences and similarities. By setting a good example, Kiruna IF want to prevent bullying and exclusion and create the best opportunities for all young people to play and love hockey."

LGBT-certified does not mean that players are wholes of LGBT people, but it means, as Outsports explains, that the organization is "committed to providing a good working environment and respectful treatment from an LGBT perspective."

Photo credit: Outsports