- Blight Rugby Club is based a Green Point Park in Cape Town
- David Lee founded it to create a safe space for gay people to participate in sports
- It aims to be as inclusive as possible
Members of the LGTBIQ community sometimes feel unwelcome in sports activities. The Blight Rugby Club in Cape Town is aiming to change that.
The rugby team was started in 2011 by 39-year-old David Lee and a group of friends, Briefly.co.za learned. It is based at the Green Point Park.
Its aim is to create a safe space for gay people to participate in sports without feeling out of place or discriminated against.
Speaking to Times Live, David said:
We wanted to make a safe space for people in the LGTBIQ community. We’re trying to give everyone a chance to play and participate.
Most of the club's 20 or so members are gay, although it strives to be as inclusive as possible to accommodate people of all orientations. David added:
Team sports are more restricted. Many people leave school and stop playing sport. Even at school I was terrified of playing against the bigger guys and the stigmas didn’t help.
David explained that members never hide the fact that they are gay:
People don’t judge you. It’s about being yourself and enjoying the day.
A member of the team, Jannie Bean, said it gives them a chance to break out of the "usual social scenes of dating," such as clubs and dating websites. He explained:
Everyone gets told they’re supposed to be a certain way. The dating sites have certain expectations that aren’t applicable here and it’s a great way to build friendships and find support structures.
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