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Rainbow Laces 2021: Play your part as LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport campaign returns

Since the campaign began back in 2013, Rainbow Laces has started countless conversations in football, rugby and many other sports. As it returns for its annual activation from November 25 to December 12, athletes, coaches, officials and fans everywhere are being urged to lift their voices, share their stories, and inspire others…

Major media impact of Joshua Cavallo’s coming out shows power of storytelling

When a young footballer in Australia saw himself reflected in the story of a former player, he reached out to him for guidance. Six months later, Joshua Cavallo was not just ready to come out publicly, but to share his truth in a way that reverberated across the football world. Jon Holmes looks at the media learnings behind the headlines…

Coming out, community, and celebration: #AuthenticMe marks LGBT Sport Podcast’s 200 milestone

Our annual event in the build-up to Coming Out Day was a glorious, globe-spanning get-together made possible by inspirational guests, our partners at Pride Sports and Pride of the Terraces, and host Jack Murley whose BBC LGBT Sport Podcast had hit its double centenary. Here’s what happened and some words of wisdom shared…

‘An amazing shoot!’: Manchester Village Spartans rugby players bare all to support Worldwide Roar

IGR-affiliated club help to send out ‘Men As Allies’ message as new Worldwide Roar 2022 calendar is launched on International Men’s Day; “We love the philosophy,” says Spartans’ Yoshio Tazaki; project continues to tackle issues related to hyper-masculinity; sales of annual calendar go towards funding Sport Allies charity…

New trans guidance is ‘backwards step’, say UK’s leading LGBTIQ+ sports organisations

Pride Sports, LEAP Sports Scotland and LGBT+ Sport Cymru say guidance issued by UK’s Sports Councils “presents false dichotomy of inclusion and fairness”; review by Equality Group recommends national governing bodies consider adopting one of three options – prioritising trans inclusion; creating ‘female’ and ‘open’ categories; or offer ‘universal admission’