Swedish ice hockey team to wear rainbow uniform to promote LGBTI rights
As part of a push to become the nation's first LGBTI-certified sports team, and to promote gay rights, a Swedish ice-hockey team will wear rainbow coloured uniforms next season.
The players at Kiruna IF, a professional Swedish ice-hockey team based in the city of the same name, are championing for gay rights - the passionate players making a statement by donning brand new sports wear.
"During the season 2014/2015, Kiruna IF will change their uniforms and make a stand by wearing rainbow-colored jerseys," their press release stated.
The team, who describe themsevles as " the most laddish sport in the most laddish city," are hopeful their positive attitude will set a precedent for others to help stamp out discrimination and promote inclusiveness.
"The players will give talks in schools, as part of a collaboration with Kiruna Municipality, and participate in events which aim to increase the understanding and acceptance of people's differences and similarities," the club stated.
"By setting a good example, Kiruna IF want to prevent bullying and exclusion and create the best opportunities for all young people to play and love hockey."