- September 17, 2015
Last week, USA Rugby signed a “memorandum of understanding” to make the sport a more inclusive and safe space for the LGBT community.
The memorandum, signed in partnership with the International Gay Rugby, will provide USA Rugby the tools and resources to “combat discrimination, be it based on sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation, or identification.”
"USA Rugby is thrilled to be joining IGR in the advancement of diversity and inclusion throughout the sport of rugby, as well to eliminate homophobia from the game,” Nigel Melville, CEO of USA Rugby, said in a post on USA Rugby’s website. “Following in World Rugby's footsteps, we are steadfast in ensuring that rugby remains and continues to grow as a sport for individuals from all walks of life."
Over the past few years, more and more notable athletes, including Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Robbie Rogers, Brittney Griner, Orlando Cruz, Megan Rapinoe, Lori Lindsey and Tom Daley, have decided to live openly and authentically.
HRC commends USA Rugby for taking this step to make sure all athletes, no matter sexual orientation or gender identity, feel like part of the team on and off the field.