11/03/2018

About

Sports Media LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) is a network group for industry professionals and newcomers who are members of the LGBT+ community.

We also welcome allies – those who are straight and/or cisgender, and who are supportive of all LGBT+ people, their rights, gender equality, and inclusion in sport.

The network also seeks to advocate for athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and others involved in sport who are LGBT+, amplifying their voices through media and journalism in order to highlight the benefits of authenticity.

The network held its most recent get-together in April 2018. We also have various channels where members communicate with each other, and offer professional advice, ideas and support. We also meet up at related industry events throughout the year.

Get in touch if you’d like to learn more, by dropping us an email at info@sportsmedialgbt.com. We’d be delighted to hear from you and will get back in touch ASAP.

Check out our 2018 calendar to find out more about other upcoming events and our network plans.

You can read more about the background to Sports Media LGBT+ in this blog post by Jon Holmes (Sky Sports Digital) on the Sports Journalists’ Association website, and on our own site’s ‘Our Stories In Sport’ section here.

What we do

As a network, we aim to provide a space for LGBT+ people and allies working in sports journalism, TV production, public relations and all other sports media related roles, to connect in person and online, in order to share experiences, advice, content ideas, and other professional support and assistance.

As a group, we seek to champion all those with a role in sport who are also LGBT+ – whether they are competing, participating, attending or working – at any level. We are committed to LGBT+ inclusion, the fair and accurate representation of LGBT+ people in the media, and tackling any instances of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, all of which sadly remain far too common in sport.

Who we work with

We are a collaborative organisation that wishes to see greater diversity across the sports media landscape. We are inspired by the work of other network groups whose objectives align and intersect with our own, and also LGBT+-inclusive charities, campaigners and activists with an interest in connecting to people through the power of sport. Check out some of our connections on our Links page.

Contact us

We’d love to hear from you. Please drop us an email at info@sportsmedialgbt.com and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. We also have a mailing list which you’re welcome to join.

More background

Sports Report – a Q&A with network lead Jon Holmes, by the journalist Gareth Johnson (March 2018).

Part of the team: Being LGBT in sports media – a blog post for the Sports Journalists’ Association website following our first meeting in August 2017. Follow the link to read more about the background to Sports Media LGBT+. Thanks to the SJA for their backing of this network project.