On Sunday afternoon, the Australian Football League held their first ever pride match to celebrate LGBTI diversity.
Held at Sydney's Drummoyne Stadium, the game began with a guard of honour formed by Australian Rules players wearing rainbow singlets from the recent Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
Rainbows were in no short supply, with boundary lines, goal post padding and goal umpire flags all sporting the colours of the pride flag.
The AFL has previously held matches to celebrate racial diversity and Indigenous players, but this is the first time a match has been dedicated to eradicating homophobia.
Sunday's game comes after a local pride match was played in the Yarra last year. The Yarra match was organised by out gay amateur footballer Jason Ball, who started a campaign in 2012 asking the AFL to do more to support gay players.
There are currently no out gay players in the AFL. However, football operations manager Mark Evans told afl.com.au diversity was "essential" to the game. "We say ‘no matter who are, where you are from or who you love, we can all love footy’,” he said.