What are you doing?
On December 9th we want to embark on a #GayRugbyTour travelling through South Africa from Johannesburg to Cape Town to take a stand and start a very important conversation to blow the whistle on homophobia in sport and promote inclusivity and diversity in sport and equality for all.
As part of blowing our whistles across South Africa, we will to meet, support and pass on our knowledge and skills acquired to the other gay rugby clubs that have started up across South Africa – since our campaign in May 2016, and will be hosting Big Gay Rugby Day Out – Rugby Clinic events for LGBTIQ communities across the country, to hopefully inspire them to start their own safe and harassment free gay and inclusive rugby clubs, to enjoy our beloved game of Rugby.
But for this we need you. Come take a stand with us and donate to our cause to help fund this journey across the country to spread our message that homophobia has no place in sport.
Please see our full views on the Homophobia in Sports tab on our website.
Where can I watch the #BTheWhistle On Homophobia In Sport #GayRugbyTour Video?
What outcomes are you after?
There are many outcomes on different layers that we are after:
- Based on the values we stand for we decided to its our duty to speak up and take a stand to say homophobia has no place in sport but homosexuals do. We launched a heart felt campaign called #BTheWhistle On Homophobia In Sport #GayRugbyTour to raise awareness and start a global conversation around the impact homophobia in sport has on sportsmen and women and to raise funds to cover our tour cost to spread our message across the country
- Grow gay and inclusive rugby in South Africa. Jozi Cats believes we can serve as a catalyst to our broader rural township communities – where oppression and injustice are rife despite their equal right status, by starting open forums of conversation about the impact homophobia can have of potential future community sporting role models. We plan to do exactly that on this #GayRugbyTour as we host Big Gay Rugby Day Out events at Matho Township in Bloemfontein and in Khayelitsha township in the Western Cape, to inspire those communities to start their own safe and harassment free gay and inclusive space for the community to enjoy rugby.
- Meet, support and share our knowledge and skills with the two new clubs in Nelson Mandela Bay – Outology and SteLBGTouch in Stellenbosch, that have started up since our “Rugby, That’s So Gay” campaign back in May this year.
- Raise funds for Jozi Cats Rugby Club to kick off our 2017 so we can secure the future of our Rugby Club and continue challenges homophobia across Africa.
- We believe that Rugby united our nation once in 1995 when Madiba presented Francois Pienaar with the World Cup Trophy and now we believe rugby can bring our nation together once again to stand together as a collective and create a lasting legacy of transformation in sport and in the social fabric of our society
Can I come on Tour with you?
YES!!! We will be live casting our whole experience on Facebook as we journey across the country blowing the whistle on homophobia in sport and inspiring a revolution of Gay Rugby in South Africa. We will be hosting daily team challenges and fund raiser evening events that you participate in through our interactive donation challenges.