Sports Media LGBT+ was founded in 2017 as a network group for those in the industry who are LGBT, and for our allies. Click here to read more about the background to the group.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to this website or you’ve been here before, welcome along.
Our continuing aims and objectives are:
- Expand our network, welcoming peers both in the UK and further afield
- Help to promote media content that positively represents the experiences of all those involved in sport who are LGBT+
- Work with other organisations and individuals in order to advance inclusivity in the sports media, and sport itself
Whether you’re already employed in sports media in some shape or form, or it’s a profession you’d like to pursue, you’d be welcome as a member of our network. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our mailing list, or to make an enquiry.
We communicate via occasional meet-ups and get-togethers, through social media on Twitter, and via groups on LinkedIn, Facebook and WhatsApp. If you’re interested in joining those groups, please drop us an email.
Below is a calendar of events in 2018, which will be frequently updated. If you’d like more information on any of these events, or you’d like your own event to be featured, we’re happy to help.
Among the items on our agenda for 2018 are:
- staging a Q&A forum event that examines the role of the media in LGBT inclusion in sport, and how authenticity affects performance
- producing a document that offers information and tips to those in sports media on covering stories with LGBT angles, and advice on how the media operates for the benefit of those involved in sport who are LGBT
- share the experiences of sports media professionals who are LGBT or allies in the industry, in order to inspire and empower other journalists, editors, PRs, etc
A thaw point?: How ice skating stories show progress
The need for welcoming workplaces in sports media
In Review: LGBT in sport 2017 – Coming out stories
In Review: LGBT in sport 2017 – Rainbow Laces
Philippa York, and allies in cycling
Looking for a fresh start? Check out the Jobs page on BCOMS for the latest vacancies
Dates for the diary in 2018
Sat 21 to Sat 28 Apr – Digital Pride
Thu 26 Apr– Lesbian Day of Visibility
Sat 5 May (4pm to 7pm) – Proud Canaries tournament (Carrow Road, Norwich)
Thu 17 May – International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) – ‘Alliances for Solidarity’
Thu 17 May (6pm to 8.30pm) – Just A Ball Game? event: Non LGBT+ Allies, An Essential Connection (Cardiff)
NEWS ALERT! 6pm-8:30pm May 17th 2018. @YPierhead Cardiff. Q&A with our patron @NevilleSouthall JBG? event for #IADHOBIOT kindly sponsord by @JennyRathbone FREE tickets are now live:… https://t.co/8yLMjZHBsH
— justaballgame? (@justaballgame) April 23, 2018
Thu 17 May (6.30pm) – InterMedia LGBT+ Parenting event (London)
Tue 22 May (2pm to 5pm) – Rainbow Laces Roundtable media event – Stonewall (London)
Tue 22 May – Charlton v Homophobia football tournament (The Valley, London)
June – Pride Month USA
Fri 8 to Sun 10 Jun – Bingham Cup (Amsterdam)
Sat 9 Jun – Pride In Football symposium (Nottingham)
Thu 14 Jun to Sun 15 Jul – FIFA World Cup (Russia)
Thu 21 to Sun 24 Jun – Outsports Pride (New York City)
The US website Outsports is holding its third annual Pride event, this time in NYC. Fancy helping to organise and be part of a UK group trip? Get in touch if so! More info here.
Sat 7 Jul – Pride in London
Sat 4 to Sun 12 Aug – Gay Games 10 (Paris)
Sat 4 Aug – Brighton Pride
Fri 24 to Sun 26 Aug – Manchester Pride
Sun 23 Sep – Bi Visibility Day
Thu 11 Oct – National Coming Out Day
Fri 19 Oct – Spirit Day
Tue 20 Nov – Transgender Day of Remembrance
Sat 24 / Sun 25 Nov – Rainbow Laces campaign activation (tbc)
Sat 1 Dec – World AIDS Day