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. 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 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

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

Sat 21 to Sat 28 AprDigital Pride

Thu 26 AprLesbian Day of Visibility

Sat 5 May (4pm to 7pm)Proud Canaries tournament (Carrow Road, Norwich)

Thu 17 MayInternational 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)

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 MayCharlton v Homophobia football tournament (The Valley, London)

JunePride Month USA

Fri 8 to Sun 10 JunBingham Cup (Amsterdam)

Sat 9 Jun – Pride In Football symposium (Nottingham)

Thu 14 Jun to Sun 15 JulFIFA World Cup (Russia)

Thu 21 to Sun 24 JunOutsports 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 JulPride in London

Sat 4 to Sun 12 AugGay Games 10 (Paris)

Sat 4 AugBrighton Pride

Fri 24 to Sun 26 AugManchester Pride

Sun 23 SepBi Visibility Day

Thu 11 OctNational Coming Out Day

Fri 19 OctSpirit Day

Tue 20 NovTransgender Day of Remembrance

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

Sat 1 DecWorld AIDS Day