The #SharethegLOVE campaign was a non-profit student led initiative from an excellent student’s union, supported by NUS-USI to raise awareness and support for members of the LGBT+ community in the GAA, as well as promoting positive mental health.
The glove displays part of the rainbow flag, adopted by the LGBT+ community.
Research shows that depression affects LGBT people at higher rates than the heterosexual population, and it was hoped that this initiative could help improve wellbeing too.
Ruairí Mooney, who helped create the Share the gLove initiative said:
“This initiative will help everyone to feel accepted and welcome into the GAA community. The Share the gLove campaign will aim to use the high-profile platform that GAA sports provides to show solidarity and support for LGBT+ players and fans. Share the gLove provides an open goal for people to do show their support for the LGBT+ community as well as the mental health charity, Aware NI.”
The special edition gloves were produced by partners Murphys Gaelic and were sold on their website. All profits raised were donated to two chosen charities: The Rainbow Project and Aware.