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.

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.

BBC Sport’s Katie Gornall, racing driver Charlie Martin, Olympic athlete Tom Bosworth and hockey player turned broadcaster Beth Fisher at Sports Media LGBT’s #AuthenticMe event at the BBC in Salford, October 2018

We hold regular get-togethers, and operate various channels and social platforms 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 and ConnectSport.

Please get in touch if you’d like to learn more, by dropping us an email at info@sportsmedialgbt.com or filling in our Contact form. We’d be delighted to hear from you, and will reply ASAP.

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.

We are active on Twitter and Facebook, and we also have our own LinkedIn group.

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.

Katie Gornall with Tom Bosworth at #AuthenticMe

 

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.

Contact us

We want to hear from you and connect through a shared love of sport. Simply drop us an email at info@sportsmedialgbt.com or our Contact form 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 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.