Swedish third league team Kiruna IF are from now on playing in rainbow jerseys and are working towards becoming the first LGBT certified sports organization.The toilets in their home arena will be gender neutral, the team will give lectures in schools and players will take part in the Pride Festival in Stockholm.
Our sport is very masculine. You must have a high pain threshold. You should not be a sissy or gay. It is terms of abuse in our sport. Just because of that we want to do this, now we want to change this.
One hundred people around the team, from players to leaders and caretakers, is going on a full day and three half-day lectures on openness to other religions, gender, and particularly sexual orientation.
"Kiruna is macho city number one. We drive the biggest trucks, hit with sledgehammers in the mine and play hockey. The contrasts are now becoming extreme. We want to break the myth of the northern man, and if Kiruna and Kiruna hockey want to evolve, there must be room for everyone."