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05/06/13 09:46

Equality in sport

Work to end homophobia in sport continues.

An action plan is being developed to tackle homophobia in sport.

The Scottish Government’s response to the Equality Network’s Out for Sport report supports the need for a national group to implement an action plan to work for better inclusion of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people in sport. Ministers will be kept updated with the Group’s work.

Speaking to an audience of Sport Governing Bodies at a sportscotland equality seminar in Glasgow today, Sport Minister Shona Robison, who is also responsible for equalities said:

“There should be no barriers at all to participating in sport and the Commonwealth Games provides a fantastic opportunity to promote equality. Yet the Equality Network’s Out for Sport report – the biggest research to date on homophobia and transphobia in Scottish sport – highlighted problems in attitudes that still exist.

“We take homophobia very seriously so I welcome the Out for Sport recommendation to develop an action plan to tackle prejudice, put in place diversity strategies and to monitor progress.

“This issue needs leadership and Sport Governing Bodies should have clear policies in place for LGBT people, and sportscotland will have a role to ensure that consideration of LGBT people is mainstreamed into sport development plans. An LGBT sports charter will also be created, which Governing Bodies can support and promote to their members, to help spread the inclusion message.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:

“This seminar is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements which have been made over the past year by many of the Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport (SGBs) in progressing their work with equalities.

“Significant improvements have been made by SGBs in developing initiatives, plans, and policy frameworks to help them increase the diversity of their membership and organisations.

“In addition, sportscotland is undertaking a range of equalities work to ensure that the opportunities to participate, progress, and achieve in sport are available to all, and by providing the LGBT sector with the opportunity to engage directly with SGBs will undoubtedly lead to further progress.”

Scott Cuthbertson, Community Development Coordinator for the Equality Network, said;

“The Out for Sport report reveals for the first time the extent of homophobia and transphobia experienced in Scottish sport. We welcome the strong commitment from the Scottish Government and sportscotland to tackling this issue, ensuring LGBT people can play a full and active role in the sporting life of Scotland.”

Notes to editors

The Equality Network’s Out for Sport report, published last summer, is at http://www.equality-network.org/our-work/policyandcampaign/out-for-sport/