Middlesbrough Football Club have become the first team to give their official support to OutNews Global’s #ComeOut2Play campaign.
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The team tweeted this morning, saying: “
#Boro are committed to promoting equality and diversity and we are proud to support #ComeOut2Play.”
#Boro are committed to promoting equality and diversity and we are proud to support #ComeOut2Play https://t.co/whCEzpYAhX
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) November 30, 2017
The club join other high profile supporters: John Bishop, Sarah Brown, Alan Carr and Piers Morgan. John Bishop tweeted that ‘the taboo needs to be broken’.
I just supported #ComeOut2Play on @ThunderclapIt // @outnewsglobal https://t.co/s7aFDRuuUw – This isn’t to force anyone to come out but it is a campaign to let them know that if they make that choice they will have support. It will be a brave step but the taboo needs to be broken
— John Bishop (@JohnBishop100) November 29, 2017
The #ComeOut2Play campaign was launched on Tuesday afternoon and already, it’s reached more than 23 million people, dwarfing all other campaigns on the Thunderclap website.
Andy West, Editor-at-large of OutNews Global and one of the campaign leaders said: “It’s extraordinary to have such huge support so early on in the campaign and to start getting support from football clubs just goes to show that the game is ready to accept openly gay and bi footballers.
“This isn’t about pressuring anyone to do something they don’t want to do but now is the time for clubs, players and fans to state that they will protect any openly LGBT player from harm or intimidation.
“Middlesbrough FC can be proud to be the first club to sign up to #ComeOut2Play and I look forward to welcoming many more teams to the campaign.”