Sports Media LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) is a network group for industry professionals and newcomers who are members of the LGBT+ community.
The network also welcome our allies working in sports media – those who are straight and/or cisgender, and who are supportive of all LGBT+ people, their rights, gender equality, and inclusion in sport.
After an initial meeting in August 2017, the network was formally launched in November 2017 by Jon Holmes, who serves as network lead. Jon is Home Page Editor at Sky Sports, where he co-ordinates Sky’s support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
Through the power of media and journalism, the network seeks to advocate 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 authenticity and inspire others.
We hold regular get-togethers, and operate various channels and social platforms where members communicate and offer professional advice, ideas and support.
If you’d like to submit or pitch content for consideration for our website, you’d be very welcome. The site is Google News ranked so published articles will find an audience, and will also receive strong social coverage.
Check out our calendar to find out more about upcoming events and our network plans.
You can read more about the background to Sports Media LGBT+ in this blog post from 2017 by founder and network lead 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 (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 popular mailing list which you’re welcome to join – just drop us a line to be added.
Sports Report – a Q&A with Sports Media LGBT+ network lead Jon Holmes, by the journalist Gareth Johnson (March 2018).
Part of the team: Being LGBT in sports media – a blog post by Jon 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+. Our thanks to the SJA for their invaluable support.