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Andrew Purchas awarded OAM for LGBTI advocacy in sport

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Gay rugby teams around the world have paid tribute to Mark Bingham’s mother Alice Hoagland, who died last month, as the godmother of their sport. On September 11, 2001, openly gay rugby player Mark Bingham and three other men fought back against the terrorists who had hijacked their United Airlines flight. The men stormed the …

Andrew Purchas, founder of Australia’s first gay rugby union club, the Sydney Convicts, has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to rugby union and to the promotion of social inclusion for LGBTI people”. Purchas was instrumental in bringing the Bingham Cup to Sydney in 2014 and has been the …

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Amsterdam’s gay rugby team the Lowlanders have won the right to host the next Bingham Cup – gay rugby’s world championship – in the Dutch capital in 2018. The organisation International Gay Rugby (IGR) announced on the weekend the Lowlanders had won a majority of the votes from all sixty of the gay rugby clubs …