A Swedish hockey team has announced its intention to wear rainbow uniforms to stand up for LGBT rights.

Kiruna IF have announced a plan to don new rainbow jerseys in the 2014/15 season in support of the global LGBT community.

A statement posted on Kiruna IF’s official website explains this change as one motivated by the desire to honour, commend and respect individual uniqueness, the promotion of acceptance and equality regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

The hockey world is known for its progressive approach to LGBT rights, through social media and the airwaves, members of the NHL have voiced their support with the assistance of the You Can Play Project.