Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Team to stream online next month


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After debuting in cinemas in 2020 the documentary Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Team will air on Paramount+ next month.

The documentary was made by Eammon Ashton-Atkinson, originally from Brisbane. 

Australians around the country will now be able to see this powerful documentary from home.

Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Team

Eammon Ashton-Atkinson is a former channel 10 reporter who moved to the UK in 2016.

Here he discovered The Steelers, the world’s first gay rugby team, it’s also where he met his husband.

From here Eammon went on to follow the club, filming their story and creating the documentary Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Team.

Described as an uplifting documentary this club and its stories will charm the socks off you.

Whilst following the team the story focuses on three main characters within the club.

Meet their lesbian coach fighting misogyny, even in the gay world.

One of their props had an interesting discovery with the team, realising he was a drag queen was the last thing he expected.

And meet the semi-pro player who’s coming out led to a spiralling depression after it didn’t go to plan.

The stories are heartwarming and now you can watch from home on Paramount+ in Australia.

“As gay people, as queer people, a lot of the time in school, we’re excluded from those opportunities.”

The films creator Eammon Ashton-Atkinson sat down to chat with Qnews about the film ahead of its release back in 2020.

Now based in the UK Eammon is a long way from Brisbane, but loving his new life.

Still suffering from issues with his sexuality he joined the Steelers after arriving in London.

Joining the team helped him overcome these and provided a safe place for the journalist.

He spoke passionately to Qnews about what having a gay rugby team meant to him and others.

“As gay people, as queer people, a lot of the time in school, we’re excluded from those opportunities.”

“We’re the last picked, we’re the ones that are made fun of, we’re not invited to participate.”

“So to be able to reclaim that space and have that wonderful feeling of being a part of a team and celebrate together…”

Watch our full interview with Eammon Ashton-Atkinson below.

Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Team will stream exclusively on Paramount+ from February 1st 2022.

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