Watch a replay of Sports Media LGBT+ and the Football Writers’ Association’s panel discussion event held via Zoom, hosted by Football v Homophobia, to mark a new partnership launched during Pride Month – or listen via the FvH Podcast…
By Jon Holmes
On Monday 14 June, Sports Media LGBT+ held a panel discussion event in conjunction with the Football Writers’ Association, hosted by Football v Homophobia, titled ‘Taking Pride in Your Work: LGBTQ+ Voices in Football Media’.
The football journalism industry is highly competitive and demanding – and it can also be hugely satisfying and rewarding.
Increasingly, efforts are being made to raise awareness about inclusion and take steps to attract a more diverse workforce.
In Pride Month – an important time of year for LGBTQ+ communities – how is the industry faring on representation of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people?
As the FWA and Sports Media LGBT+ kick off a new partnership, the groups’ event featured guests who discussed their experiences, assessed the progress made, and identified areas for action so that everyone – whether writer, reporter, commentator, or those in other roles – feels free to be their authentic selves in football media.
Joining Sports Media LGBT+ founder and network lead Jon Holmes (Sky Sports) for this discussion were:
- Nicky Bandini, The Guardian, ESPN, talkSPORT
- Adam Crafton, The Athletic
- Matt Dickinson, The Times
- Lianne Sanderson, Sky Sports, BBC Sport, talkSPORT
You can watch a replay of the event below after it was live streamed on the FvH Facebook page or listen in a new episode of the FvH Podcast.
Read a thread of tweets – our thanks to Andrew Henderson from Pride of the Terraces for live tweeting!
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