Keighley Cougars Rugby League Club proudly announces their upcoming match against Bradford Bulls on February 18th, which will be dedicated to LGBTQ+ History Month. This initiative marks another milestone in the club’s ongoing commitment to inclusivity and diversity within the sporting community.

Since 2019, Keighley Cougars have been at the forefront of pioneering initiatives within the sporting world. These efforts include incorporating an annual Pride fixture into their calendar, donning special Pride kits worn by players, establishing a pride terrace in recognition of the LGBTQ+ community, hosting monthly meetings for LGBTQ+ members, and more.

Special guests, including India Willoughby, the UK’s first trans newsreader, will be in attendance as well as James Child, the first Super League referee to publicly reveal he is gay, to show their support for the club’s endeavours.

During the match, Keighley Cougars will unveil a monumental 12×12 metre flag in support of the Trans community. The flag reads, ‘Trans Rights are Human Rights’, serving as a powerful symbol of solidarity and advocacy for a community that has long faced discrimination and marginalization.

Ryan O’Neill, co-owner of the club, emphasized the importance of supporting the Trans community, stating, “The 2024 season will focus on providing much-needed support to the Trans community, which faces constant adversity and unfair treatment. They are our brothers and sisters who deserve respect and equality above all else.”

The timing of this event holds particular significance, as it comes just days after the anniversary of Brianna Ghey’s tragic passing – a poignant reminder of the urgent need for acceptance and understanding.

The Keighley Cougars vs Bradford Bulls match will take place on February 18th at 3pm at Cougar Park. Fans and supporters are encouraged to join in celebrating diversity and advocating for equality within the sporting community.