Saints Community Development Foundation are delighted to announce LGBTQ+ Ambassador, James Lloyd
Stephen Leonard, Saints Community Development Foundations Director said: “Having met James I knew he was the ideal candidate for the LGBTQ+ Ambassador role, he has many great ideas and is a real character, we can wait to see him begin to making a difference within our very own community.
“Our first venture has been getting the LGBTQ+ flag raised above The Totally Wicked Stadium, which we have accomplished this week to celebrate Pride month and James is happy that the first steps have already been taken,. We’re delighted to welcome James onboard and look forward to his contribution.”
We caught up with our new LGBTQ+ Ambassador James Lloyd earlier this week:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
“My name is James Lloyd, I am 29 years old and I identify as a gay man. I have lived in St.Helens all of my life with my family. We have been massive saints fans all of our lives! I work for the NHS and work in Surgical Admissions for Plastics and I work here within the town itself at St Helens Hospital.”
“I have many interests such as sport, I love going out, i’m a typical 29 year old! I love the Theatre, film, music and will try anything once.”
What is it you’re looking forward to in being our LGBTQ Ambassador?
“What I am looking forward to is really getting the community involved, there are members of the LGBTQ+ community within this town, we know there are! We want them to feel like they’re a part of the club as well, even though the club already do a fantastic job, there is still much more we can do in terms of representation and also welcoming new players to the game who may be part of the LGBTQ+ Community who think that they can’t take part because of their sexuality, however we want them to know they certainly can and we are here for them!”
What made you want to be a SCDF Ambassador?
” I emailed Steve Leonard, the director of Saints Community Development Foundation about a situation which I felt could have done with a bit more representation for the community, I didn’t really go into as it was mainly just a bit of advice however Steve invited me to a meeting to ask me what my opinions were and how we can change things, and at the end of it he asked me to be the LGBTQ+ Ambassador for Saints Community Development Foundation… to which I replied “I beg your pardon!” it was an honour! As we all know it has been a hard year which stopped us from doing anything, however we are finally in a postition to finally start doing something for the LGBTQ+ Community! ”
If you could give any one piece of advice to those within the LGBTQ Community, what would it be?
“My advice would be to never be afraid of who you are! You will always have representation at this club and if you want to be a part of the sport of Rugby League and feel that you’d be singled out or taunted for being here that will not be the case, there’s nothing stoppng you and the club is here to stand by you.”