LGBT History Month 2012 launched
Hundreds of sports organisers, policymakers and community activists came together at the Kia Oval in Kennington yesterday (21 November) to make plans for LGBT History Month in February 2012.
The event, in its seventh year, is now firmly established as a major event in the calendar. For the second year running, the theme is sport and the organisers hope to make the Olympic year a turning point.
Tony Fenwick, Co-chair of LGBT History Month, said: “We are confident that LGBT History Month 2012 will prove to be equally as successful and we will see even greater strides in the visibility and safety of LGBT people in sport in the coming year.”
Throughout the day, participants attended a series of workshops on LGBT inclusion in sport. Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone reaffirmed the government’s commitment to LGBT equality and highlighted the success of the Charter for Action, which is now supported by over 30 different sports.
Lynne also launched a national competition for a logo for the charter – for more details, please click here.
The evening programme saw BBC commentator Bob Ballard and comedian Rosie Wilby compering a series of presentations from sports organisers and community activists.
In February 2011, over 1000 events were posted on the History Month website calendar. Traditionally, most events are organised by LGBT community groups, but many sports bodies are starting to join in.
Sue Sanders, Co-chair of LGBT History Month, commented: “We are particularly proud of an initiative of Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Club, who made history by becoming the first professional team to wear an anti-homophobic message on their kit.”
The organisers are working with Pride Sports to challenge homophobia in sport and increase participation in sport by LGBT people.
Lou Englefield, Director of Pride Sports, concluded: “We believe that attitudes in sport still haven’t caught up with recent legislative advances. Our partnership with LGBT History Month has highlighted the exclusion faced by many LGBT people in sport and provided a focus for sports organizations to take action during February to challenge homophobia and transphobia. Let’s create a lasting legacy for LGBT engagement in sport.”
From LGBT History Month