Sports groups united

LGBT equality minister Lynne Featherstone

LGBT Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone MP, today launched a new Government campaign to tackle bullying and discrimination against LGBT people in sport.

Major sports organisations, such as the Football Association, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Rugby Football League, have signed up to a Charter for Action in which they pledge to make sport a welcome place for everyone.

Lynne Featherstone said,“Sport is still seen by many as an institution where there are barriers we have yet to tear down, because there are so few openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who feel comfortable on the field.
“Professional sports have the ability to change attitudes, on the field as well as in society. That is why it is important we break through this last remaining taboo and tackle it head on so that LGBT people feel welcome in all sports.
“Today’s launch of the Charter for Action is an important step in ensuring in sport homophobic prejudices become a thing of the past.”
Last month’s Football v Homophobia events also had Football v Biphobia and Football v Transphobia brandings, and the latest edition of Bi Community News highlights prejudice against LGBT people in sport.