Sports Media LGBT+ is a network group and consultancy that advocates for inclusion in both our own industry, and across sport in general.
The group welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people working or seeking to work in sports media; and also allies who are supportive of members of the LGBT+ community, their rights, gender equality, and other initiatives related to inclusion in sport.
Our extended network encompasses LGBT+ people and allies with other roles in both sports and media. Through partnering and collaborating, we hope to help create welcoming environments and cultures in which LGBT+ people can achieve their goals through authenticity.
After an initial meeting in August 2017, the network was formally launched in November of that year by Jon Holmes, who serves as network lead. Jon is Senior Home Page Editor at Sky Sports, where he co-ordinates Sky’s support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
By harnessing the power of media and journalism, the group advocates for athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and all others involved in sport who are LGBT+, by amplifying their voices in order to highlight the benefits of ‘being yourself’ and how that inspires others.
The group holds regular get-togethers, and operates various channels and social platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn; and request-to-join chats on WhatsApp and Facebook) where members communicate and offer professional advice, ideas and support.
We also meet up at related events throughout the year, and have strong connections with industry bodies such as the Sports Journalists’ Association, Pride Sports UK, Women In Football, and ConnectSport.
If you’d like to submit or pitch content for consideration for our website, you’d be very welcome. Our site is Google News ranked, giving published articles a much wider audience, while they also receive strong social coverage to a combined audience of over 5,000 users.
Check out our 2020 calendar to find out more about upcoming events and our network plans.
You can learn more about the background to Sports Media LGBT+ here…
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 an advocacy 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.
We also act as a consultancy, offering advice and expertise on communicating LGBT+ inclusion and related themes.
Who we work with
We are a collaborative organisation that wishes to see greater diversity across the sports media landscape (see our Recommended page to find great content). 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.
We want to hear from you and connect through a shared love of sport. As well as the ways to get in touch previously mentioned, you can also email Jon in confidence at email@example.com.
We have a mailing list of over 500 people which you’re welcome to join – just drop us a line to be added.
Level Playing Field – podcast episode with Jon (July 2019)
Sports Report – a Q&A with Sports Media LGBT+ network lead Jon Holmes, by the journalist Gareth Johnson (March 2018).