World's first LGBTQ+ cricket match
History was made on 13 June 2021 in a quiet corner of Birmingham, central England, as the world's first match was played between two LGBTQ+ cricket teams. Hosts Birmingham Unicorns were founded in March and contested just their second fixture against London-based Graces Cricket Club -- England's only other inclusive side.
- Governing body the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and county team Warwickshire have supported them, as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed, allowing the match to go ahead.
- The ECB has supported the LGBTQ community in recent years through the Rainbow Laces and Rainbow Stumps campaigns.
- Graces became England's first LGBTQ+ team in 1996 but it has taken 25 years for a second to come to the wicket -- and arrange Sunday's fixture at Weoley Hill Cricket Club.