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Helping to build a community of LGBT+ people and allies in sport

Lionesses’ success still feels like a dream – let’s make LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport a reality

Growing up with a love of football, Katy Smith hoped to have a future in the game – but sexism and homophobia saw her drift away from the pitch in her early teens. However, getting into coaching a few years later and the celebratory mood generated by England’s triumph at the Euros have reignited her passion. She explains why everyone should get to benefit from the momentum of women’s football…

Behind the Headline – replay and podcast! Football media learnings from Jake Daniels’ story

Watch a replay of our Pride Month event and listen via the Football v Homophobia Podcast; our partnership with the FWA continues with panel discussion, supported by FvH; Tim Thornton, Erin Williams, Jay Lemonius and Nancy Frostick talk through the takeaways for journalists, fans and others from one of the year’s biggest football stories…

At least 40 out LGBTQ+ athletes at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Representation at the Games is already more than three times greater than at Gold Coast 2018, and increasing day-by-day; Sports Media LGBT+, media partner on Pride House Birmingham, working with historian Tony Scupham-Bilton on research; from previous Games, at least 75 former competitors are known to be LGBTQ+ and out; over 50 of these athletes past and present featuring in ‘Photos of Pride’ exhibition at main Pride House venue in Birmingham’s Gay Village

Pride House Birmingham publishes Media Guide for reporting on LGBTIQ+ athletes at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Media Guide endorsed by Birmingham 2022 and Commonwealth Games Federation; over 100 Games athletes past and present are publicly out as LGBTIQ+; Donna Fraser, Head of Inclusion and Engagement at B2022, says: “We want all athletes to be treated with respect and have their stories told across the globe”

Pride House Birmingham announces events schedule promising festival of freedom for all

Inclusion venue at Commonwealth Games set to welcome thousands of visitors from Friday 22 July; campaigners Peter Tatchell and Dr Nas Mohamed, poet Jasmine Gardosi, and UK AIDS Memorial Quilt feature on busy itinerary; programme built around theme of ‘Celebrate, Educate, Participate’, with activities accompanying live screenings of the sporting action at Birmingham 2022

Keighley Cougars launch music video supporting trans community ahead of annual Pride match

Betfred League One leaders hosting ‘biggest party of the summer’ as West Wales Raiders visit Cougar Park on Sunday, July 3; Cougars players and their families dance alongside Brazilian celeb Melissa Alonso and drag queen Marcia Pantera in video showing solidarity with trans community around the world…

Referees take pride in being part of ‘game-changing’ LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective

Ryan Atkin and Stacey Pearson are among the match officials who are representing their community in the sport on a new industry network group; the LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective was launched on June 16 and is open to all in the game who want to drive inclusion; Atkin hails “great strides” made by PGMOL and The FA in recent years…