Sport Allies ‘gobsmacked’ to benefit from Joe Lycett’s £10,000 World Cup protest

The charity, which was set up in 2016 from funds raised by the sale of nude calendars, receives generous donation from Lycett; comedian admitted he didn’t shred the cash, which was a stunt to draw attention to David Beckham’s multi-million pound ambassadorial deal with tournament hosts Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal…

‘Football has helped me so much’ – Parker Dunn Q&A for Trans Awareness Week

“Having people in the game who you can talk to makes you feel like you’re not in it alone” – that’s why Parker joined the LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective; he talks with us to mark Trans Awareness Week, which concludes this weekend – it’s followed by Transgender Day of Remembrance…

‘Shockingly scandalous’: LGBT+ fans groups blast FIFA ahead of Qatar 2022 World Cup

Groups for LGBTQ+ people and allies who support England and Wales say FIFA’s letter asking 32 national associations and their players to focus on football at World Cup is “deeply troubling”; Pride in Football, the network of LGBTQ+ fans groups, also part of joint statement, which says ‘No Pride Without All’ is a more appropriate slogan than ‘Now is All’

Veteran campaigner Tatchell stages first LGBTQ+ public protest in Gulf nation ahead of World Cup

Peter Tatchell posts video message saying he was “arrested and detained” by Qatari police following kerbside protest in Doha, though authorities deny this; 70-year-old was wearing #QatarAntiGay T-shirt and says he was “standing in solidarity with brave Qatari human rights defenders”; Tatchell urges FIFA to “press Qatar much harder to deliver on human rights”

World Mental Health Day is way in to talk about being LGBTQ+ in Qatar – is football listening?

Testimonies from lesbian, gay, bi and trans people experiencing persecution and prejudice within the World Cup host nation are being shared; however, influential football figures are yet to amplify their voices; theme of annual awareness day is ‘make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’

‘I’m proud to be part of women’s football history’: Joanie Evans on National Sporting Heritage Day

The Gay Games recently marked its 40th anniversary, just a few months after its co-President Joanie Evans celebrated a milestone birthday of her own. Joanie became an ambassador for Sporting Heritage earlier this year so in support of its annual event – and after a summer in which England finally brought football home – we asked her to reflect on her role in LGBTQ+ sports history…

Why Bi Visibility Day matters, with Jahmal Howlett-Mundle of the LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective

“To share ideas and ways in which we can help to make football a much more inclusive space” – that’s just one of the reasons why Jahmal joined the LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective. He talks with us to mark Bi Visibility Day on Friday 23 September. It’s an awareness day that’s increasingly important to acknowledge…

Lionesses’ success still feels like a dream – let’s make LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport a reality

Growing up with a love of football, Katy Smith hoped to have a future in the game – but sexism and homophobia saw her drift away from the pitch in her early teens. However, getting into coaching a few years later and the celebratory mood generated by England’s triumph at the Euros have reignited her passion. She explains why everyone should get to benefit from the momentum of women’s football…

Referees take pride in being part of ‘game-changing’ LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective

Ryan Atkin and Stacey Pearson are among the match officials who are representing their community in the sport on a new industry network group; the LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective was launched on June 16 and is open to all in the game who want to drive inclusion; Atkin hails “great strides” made by PGMOL and The FA in recent years…