Sports Media LGBT+ in 2018

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 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

Please get in touch to learn more about Sports Media LGBT+ and how we can help you.

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Dates for the diary in 2018

JunePride Month USA

June to SeptemberPride season UK

Thu 14 June to Sun 15 JulyFIFA 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 JuneOutsports 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 JuneGFSN 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 JulyPride Boxing (London)

Sat 7 JulyPride in London Parade

Mon 9 July (6.30pm) – Screening and Q&A of ‘Mario’ (PictureHouse Central, London)

Fri 13 July‘Mario’ – UK release of new movie through Peccadillo Pictures

Fri 27 to Sun 29 July – LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (London)

Sat 4 to Sun 12 AugustGay Games 10 (Paris)

Sat 4 AugBrighton Pride

Fri 24 to Sun 26 AugManchester Pride

Sun 23 September – Bi Visibility Day

Mon 24 to Sun 30 SepNational Inclusion Week

Thu 11 OctoberNational Coming Out Day

Fri 19 OctSpirit Day

Tue 20 NovemberTransgender Day of Remembrance

Sat 24 / Sun 25 NovRainbow Laces campaign activation (tbc)

Sat 1 DecemberWorld AIDS Day