Call goes out to LGBTQ+ sports community as ‘Orange Peel’ short film closes in on Crowdfunder target

‘Orange Peel’ is a short film about a 17-year-old footballer called Josh and the relationship he has with his dad; co-writers Jordan Diver and Alex Rolph, also producer and director respectively, explain why they’re so passionate about the project… UPDATE: Crowdfunder successful!

Major media impact of Joshua Cavallo’s coming out shows power of storytelling

When a young footballer in Australia saw himself reflected in the story of a former player, he reached out to him for guidance. Six months later, Joshua Cavallo was not just ready to come out publicly, but to share his truth in a way that reverberated across the football world. Jon Holmes looks at the media learnings behind the headlines…

‘An unprecedented turnout!’ – why GFSN’s Summer Get-Together in Blackpool is so popular

This weekend, footballers from LGBTQ+-inclusive teams across the country are flocking to Blackpool for GFSN’s annual Summer Get-Together. The organisation’s chair Mike Kalogerou says this year’s tournament is extra special and that the need has not diminished for spaces in which everyone can be themselves and fully enjoy the sport they love…

‘Football needs more Proud Allies’ – Sheffield United’s LGBTQ+ fans group Rainbow Blades launches new campaign

Rainbow Blades have had a big impact at Sheffield United since launching in 2020, with visibility provided by the club, the Premier League, and Sky Sports, as well as support from the FSA and an awards nomination from Football v Homophobia. Now they’re asking for greater allyship in the game, as founder and chair James Laley explains…

Taking Pride: Football writing, being LGBT+, and partnering with the FWA

As Sports Media LGBT+ partners with the Football Writers’ Association to collaborate on industry inclusion, Jon Holmes – who started out in sports journalism back in 2001 – discusses his career experiences as a gay man, a turning point for his own authenticity, and why the FWA link-up is significant…