‘I had allies on Team Jamaica… I hope more will speak out’: Michael Gunning and J-FLAG on Pride House Podcast

In the week of his retirement from competitive swimming, Michael Gunning joins guests from Jamaica’s foremost LGBTQ+ rights organisation J-FLAG on The Pride House Podcast; they explain how sport could be “a new frontier” in the fight for equality, if allies like those who supported Michael in private can be encouraged to lift their voices more publicly…

‘I saw several ‘Football Twitter’ accounts come out after Jake Daniels’ news – it gives me hope’

Arthur Webber – Twitter’s @BernieTranders – is the author of the latest ‘Queer Gaze’ column, which goes out in the QueerAF newsletter; we love the newsletter and are sharing it with our mailing list this weekend; Arthur’s written about the impact he’s seen online after Blackpool’s Jake Daniels shared the news that he’s gay…

Jake Daniels is finding space and providing assists by coming out publicly as gay in football

A prolific scorer for Blackpool at youth-team level, Daniels is freeing himself from the weight of the closet in readiness for his pro career; sharing his story is courageous and will help other male footballers who are gay or bi; role of media again under scrutiny after player’s personal news was indelicately trailed in advance by a tabloid newspaper and other outlets

‘You’ve got to challenge homophobia’: Zack Leader tells FvH Podcast about abuse incident he faced in amateur football

On a new episode of the Football v Homophobia Podcast, Zack Leader – whose coming out story in sport made headlines back in 2018 – discusses how anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in a local league game in January affected his mental health and describes the disciplinary process that ensued…

‘I’m not just an athlete’: Stacey Francis-Bayman talks authenticity and advocacy on Pride House Podcast

England netball international Stacey Francis-Bayman joins activist and campaigner Khakan Qureshi on Episode 3 of The Pride House Podcast, which focuses on Birmingham; currently with West Coast Fever in Perth, Francis-Bayman talks about using her platform as an athlete who’s LGBTQ+ and the importance of being visible at Birmingham 2022…

‘Touch rugby is so LGBTQ+-inclusive – we wanted to give back’: Nick Heath and Tom Hall on Pride in Touch

It’s one of the UK’s fastest-growing mixed-gender team sports – and with such a strong reputation for inclusion, it’s no surprise that touch rugby is attracting people from LGBTQ+ communities. Ahead of a West London Queer Project taster session on May 14, the founders of Pride in Touch explain why the game is perfect to just pick up and play…

“I feel sad for people who don’t get football!”: Shura on fandom, Man Utd, soundtracking Heartstopper, and queer joy

To round off Lesbian Visibility Week, we’re joined by singer-songwriter Shura for another Football v Homophobia Podcast special; from fond memories of Manchester United’s Treble-winning season to having one of her songs featured in Netflix hit Heartstopper, it’s a conversation we’re sure you’ll enjoy!

Brockwell United FC launch striking new kit to celebrate women and non-binary footballers

To mark their fifth anniversary, Brixton-based club Brockwell United have been kitted out in a stylish new strip designed by illustrator Donatella Esposito; players from the club went down to nearby Champion Hill for a photoshoot; the Swans are breaking down barriers to get more women and non-binary people playing the game…