President Marzio Innocenti has marked this year’s Pride Month by affirming the Italian Federation’s commitment to tackling discrimination due to sexual orientation.
The LGBT+ community comes together across the world every June to celebrate Pride Month, and the FIR’s council established a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination – including with respect to sexual orientation – at their latest meeting on June 12.
Already focused on showcasing equality across all of the work conducted by themselves and the various agencies and non-governmental associations they collaborate with, the FIR has issued their dedication to inclusion in line with the values of national rugby.
Innocenti said: “Discrimination with respect to sexual orientation is, even today, a problem in our society, as is gender inequality.
“The FIR wants to play an important role in Italian social life, offering a concrete standpoint. This is why, with the Federal Council, we have decided to change the regulations, strengthening our commitment against this previously unspecified form of discrimination.
“This not only fully aligns us with CONI [the Italian National Olympic Committee] in terms of rejecting any form of discrimination, but certifies the full will of this governance to contribute, as a sport institution speaking on the behalf of Italian Rugby as a whole, to the life and progress of society.”