#LGBTInnovators - Cricketer Steven Davies
7th February 2016
Steven Davies is an English cricketer, a wicket-keeper-batsman who currently plays for Surrey County. He has played ODI and Twenty20 cricket for England. He made his Twenty20 International debut for England, opening the batting along with Ravi Bopara against the West Indies in Port of Spain on 15 March 2009, top-scoring with 27 from 21 balls as England reached 55 for 1, before collapsing to 121 all out.
Steven came out as gay publicly in 2011. He had come out to his family five years earlier and had already come out to his teammates. He was the first international cricketer to come out as gay.
As well as playing cricket professionally, he is also currently working on an initiative called Real Talk, which aims to educate secondary school children about the language of sexuality. ‘This resource aims to inspire and educate. A lot of bullying happens because people aren’t educated.’
Leap Sports is spotlighting #LGBTInnovators in sport throughout LGBT History Month this February. We will celebrate a different LGBTI innovator in sport each day. LGBTI sports innovators include athletes, competitors, coaches, managers, community members, founders or co-ordinators of sports groups, someone passionate about their sport.
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Find out more about LGBT History Month at www.lgbthistory.org.uk