The UNSW/ES Bulldogs and the East Sydney Bulldogs have joined forces to show their support for Marriage Equality.
Representing over 1,100 AFL players in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, the two clubs put an emphasis on club culture and creating a welcoming playing environment over all else.
Following a call by Victoria’s West Brunswick Amatuer Football Club, the Bulldogs’ are proud to join the Gay? That’s Ok pledge.
“We want all of our players to know we stand with them,” said UNSW/ES President Stephen Dunkley.
“It’s of utmost importance to me that homophobia in sport is stamped out, and that our club members feel supported when they pull on their jerseys. This can only happen if we, as a community, are vocal in our commitment to equality.”
East Sydney Bulldogs President Iain Dunstan agreed with Dunkley’s sentiments.
“We’re a football club first and foremost, but we’re a community as well,” said Dunstan. “We’re committed to a culture that provides a safe playing environment, and are proud to pledge our support.”
Both Presidents urge other Sydney AFL junior and senior clubs to find out more about the campaign and add their names to the pledge.
“It’s a small step in the right direction,” said Dunkley. “But by doing so we say to all of our LGBTQI players that they are equal, and that we as a league support them. What could be more important than that?”
By supporting the pledge, clubs show to their players that they are:
- Committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender
- Committed to Marriage Equality (and as such would strongly encourage you to VOTE YES)
To add your club to the list, get in touch with the Gay? That’s Ok team via facebook.