Sports Media LGBT+ was founded in 2017 as a network group for those in the industry who are LGBT, and for our allies. Through the power of media and journalism, we advocate for all LGBT people in sport. 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 which interests you, you’d be welcome as a member of our network. Email email@example.com to join our mailing list, or to make an initial enquiry.
We communicate via meet-ups and get-togethers; through social media on Twitter and Facebook; and via approval-required groups on LinkedIn, Facebook (‘Sports Media LGBT+ (Members)’) and WhatsApp. If you’re interested in joining any of 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
- continue to connect with LGBT people in sport – from grassroots to professional, from athletes to administrators, from the terraces to the pitch – and explore ways in which their stories can inspire others
Rainbow Laces roundtable held
It’s good to talk about being gay in football
Stonewall’s Work Report, and sports media
Why Lesbian Day of Visibility matters
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
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Dates for the diary in 2018
June – Pride Month USA
June to September – Pride season UK
Thu 14 June to Sun 15 July – FIFA World Cup (Russia)
Looking for somewhere to watch a game with fellow LGBT+ fans? We’re supporting all the World Cup screenings at The Two Brewers in Clapham – keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the details!
Thu 21 to Sun 24 June – Outsports Pride (New York City)
The US website Outsports is holding its third annual Pride event, this time in NYC. We’ll be there – will you? Get in touch if so! More info here.
Fri 22 to Sun 24 June – GFSN Summer Get-Together (Newcastle)
Thu 5 July – ‘Goal! LGBT+ People in Sport’ event (London)
Panel event organised by the Dentsu Aegis Network, featuring Diversity Role Models CEO and GB Paralympian Claire Harvey MBE, professional football referee Ryan Atkin, Stonewall’s Sports Campaigns Manager Jehmeil Lemonius, and the founder of Proud Baggies – West Brom’s LGBT supporters group – Piero Zizzi.
Fri 6 July – Pride Boxing (London)
Sat 7 July – Pride in London Parade
Mon 9 July (6.30pm) – Screening and Q&A of ‘Mario’ (PictureHouse Central, London)
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— Peccadillo Pictures (@peccapics) June 18, 2018
Fri 27 to Sun 29 July – LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (London)
Sat 4 to Sun 12 August – Gay Games 10 (Paris)
Sat 4 Aug – Brighton Pride
Fri 24 to Sun 26 Aug – Manchester Pride
Sun 23 September – Bi Visibility Day
Mon 24 to Sun 30 Sep – National Inclusion Week
Thu 11 October – National Coming Out Day
Fri 19 Oct – Spirit Day
Tue 20 November – Transgender Day of Remembrance
Sat 24 / Sun 25 Nov – Rainbow Laces campaign activation (tbc)
Sat 1 December – World AIDS Day