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Referees share tips for good gay mental health on Football v Homophobia Podcast

Match officials Dan McFarlane and Mikey Connor from the LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective are guests on new episode of FvH Pod; chat released to coincide with World Mental Health Day and Coming Out Day; refs stress importance of opening up, reaching out and benefits of exercise…

Bi Visibility Day: Nakul Pande on coming out, his love of cricket, working at Sky Sports, and LGBTQ representation in media

When Sky Sports News AP Nakul Pande felt “truly and authentically” himself, he posted to his social media accounts to let people know that he is bisexual; on Bi Visibility Day on Saturday 23 September, he joins us for a Q&A to reflect on that moment and on his career in sports media so far, and share some inclusion advice for the industry…

‘Incredible’ Football Pride brings LGBTQ people and allies together in Manchester

Football v Homophobia event, held alongside Manchester Pride, unites community in the game; gay player Zander Murray says symposium will help to create more role models; fellow speaker Sabah Ahmad joins Out & Out Football’s Adam Haworth on new episode of FvH Podcast to reflect – listen now!

‘We should help one another’: New regional alliance launched for LGBTQ+ football fans groups

Six groups for LGBTQ+ football supporters who follow clubs in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have formed a new alliance; James Laley, founder and chair of Rainbow Blades, explains why it’s important for these groups to stand “shoulder to shoulder”, share best practice and widen their community reach…

‘Misleading and unclear’: England Netball survey criticised by inclusive clubs in open letter

Over 250 signatories so far on letter raising concerns over consultation process undertaken by national governing body on its proposed new trans and non-binary inclusion policy; London-based Queerballers and six other clubs in England among those urging England Netball to listen to sport’s LGBTQ+ community…

Knockout becomes first LGBTQ+ amateur boxing club to affiliate with England Boxing

For the first time in England Boxing’s 143-year history, the sport’s national governing body is welcoming in a club that specifically caters for LGBTQ+ people; Knockout co-chair says it is a “pivotal moment for the sport and the queer community”; London club, founded in 2016, now has around 175 members…

‘I love pushing back boundaries!’: Meet trailblazing Timbersports athlete Dee Hardwick

As one of Britain’s leading ‘lumberjills’, Dee Hardwick is used to carving out her own path – but now the NHS worker from Redditch wants to encourage more women and LGBTQ+ people to discover the buzz about Timbersports; she explains why the sport is not just “an amazing workout” but also truly welcoming…

Who are the queer icons in Women’s World Cup history? Listen to the FvH Podcast

Guests on the special ‘Pride and the Women’s World Cup’ episode of the Football v Homophobia Podcast discuss LGBTQ+ trailblazers from past tournaments – along with a couple of the controversies that emerged at Germany 2011; listen to the conversation and more talking points on the pod…

‘I hope I’m breaking down barriers’: Poletti on their path to Pride, for Non-Binary People’s Day

Having announced their name change earlier this month, Australian sports journalist Poletti blogs for Sports Media LGBT+ about their self-discovery and the value of visibility; “I want the journey for the next non-binary person to come along in media to be easy than mine was,” they say…

‘ICEC report on LGBTQ+ experiences in cricket is shocking – but Out4Cricket ready for action’

73% of LGBTQ+ respondents to an Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket survey say they have experienced discrimination in the last five years; this area of the ICEC report has been largely overlooked so far; here, Lachlan Smith of Out4Cricket discusses the findings and explains how his new organisation is well placed to help provide solutions…