Make Sport Everyone's Game- Adam's Story
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Make Sport Everyone's Game- Adam's Story

As part of the Rainbow Laces campaign, Stonewall has spoken to people who have come out for LGBT people in sport and made amazing progress for inclusion in their communities. 

Whether you love sport or know someone who does- you can make change happen so that sport is everyone's game. In this interview we talk to Adam Harrison about his experience as a rugby player and founded of Glasgow's only inclusive Rugby team. 

Rugby is the only sport I enjoy, and there’s often a perception that the culture can be narrow-minded. I was anxious about my teammates finding out about me being gay, what they’d say about me, how to deal with their perceptions of me. 

I didn’t come out on my own terms. A girl I knew told my teammates on a night out. They were OK about it and so was my coach. Coming back from a match on the team bus, we were in the middle of nowhere when he stood up and said that if anybody had a problem with me being gay, they’d be kicked off the bus and have to find their own way home. That was a special moment for me. That’s when I became truly comfortable being me in my sport. 

My sport and club have given me a great network for anything life throws at me.

I founded Glasgow Alphas, the city’s only inclusive rugby team, and wearing Rainbow Laces is an important marker for us. They show that you play for us and stand alongside us. The campaign shows the world what inclusion in sport can look like. And it encourages clubs and governing bodies to ensure everyone feels confident they’ll be included in their sport.

My sport and club have given me a great network for anything life throws at me.

If you've been inspired by Adam's story, share it with your friends and spread the word about the Rainbow Laces campaign.

You can be part of making change for LGBT people in sport. Check out our top tips for being an amazing ally and wear your Rainbow Laces on the pitch, to work or just out and about in your community.