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Ulster Rugby will be taking part in Belfast Pride

Ulster Rugby will be taking part in Belfast Pride

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Ulster Rugby will be taking part in Belfast Pride

Ulster Rugby is the latest organisation to sign up for the Belfast Pride parade.

The club tweeted yesterday that it was looking forward to taking part in next week's event for the first time.

They said: "We are working hard to promote equality and inclusiveness in rugby, and our presence will reinforce that Ulster Rugby is a safe space for all players and volunteers in the LGBTQ+ community."

It pointed out that the parade is backed by BBC NI, the PSNI and UTV as well as more than 100 other organisations, and "is set to be the biggest yet".

A number of rugby players have come out as gay in recent years. Among them is Gareth Thomas, who captained Wales and the British and Irish Lions during his career.

He revealed he was gay in 2009 and has since become a campaigner for LGBT rights.

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