Seven days of celebrating women in our LGBT+ community, leading up to Lesbian Visibility Day – here’s how you can be a part of it…
From Monday, April 20, Sports Media LGBT+ will be helping to mark Lesbian Visibility Week – a celebration of the incredible women in our community.
In 2020, for the first time, there’ll be seven days in which we can all raise awareness of the achievements and contributions of lesbians and in doing so, help to create a more inclusive culture for everyone.
The initiative is being co-ordinated by DIVA Media Group, and is supported by leading LGBT+ charities Stonewall, Kaleidoscope Trust, UK Black Pride and GLAAD. Due to the pandemic, activations will be digital focused – an opportunity to unify and amplify voices online.
Sport is fortunate to have plenty of inspirational queer women as role models, from legends like Billie Jean King to modern-day greats like Megan Rapinoe. There are many others who may be less visible than those household names but are hugely influential within their own sporting environments.
As the sports media becomes more representative of society, we’re also seeing an increase in the number of visible LGBT+ women in key roles in our own industry. BBC Sport’s Katie Gornall and ITV Wales Sport’s Beth Fisher have both hosted panel discussions at our #AuthenticMe events, and are just two of the valued contributors to our network who are proud to say they’re either lesbian, gay, bi or pan (and of course, we welcome more!)
For Lesbian Visibility Day last year, we invited Beth and five other women in sports media to discuss ‘sports and thoughts’ – read the article here.
We’re inviting LGBT+ women in both sport and sports media who are interested in contributing to digital content in support of Lesbian Visibility Week to get in touch with us. There’s the chance to be featured on our own Google News ranked website and social channels, or reach a larger audience through major publishers such as Sky Sports.
Blog posts, interviews, podcasts, short films, social content – there’s loads of different ways to get involved.