Sport IS for Everyone– this is your chance to engage or re-engage… grab it, change your life and show that LGBT people play sport!
Based on our work with young people and our 2013 ‘Game Changers’ consultation into young people’s attitudes towards the Commonwealth Games and sport, we know that LGBT people do not always feel as confident as their peers to participate in sports, often as a result of either real or perceived prejudice. We believe that participation in sports can play an important role in improving health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally, which is why we are working to promote equal access to sports by providing opportunities to LGBT young people to engage in sporting activities.
This is where the Game Changers come in. Currently the team is made up of an active and creative mix of 6 – half our planned team, doing double the work with twice the suave! The aim of the project is to get young LGBT people involved in some of the many LGBT friendly sports teams across Scotland and to promote positive change in the sports and athletics community.
Our first event took place at Pride Glasgow 2014. The photos below display our fabulous ‘Baton for Change’- all ten feet of it- which was signed by the crowd at Pride, and the Campaign for Change Board which highlighted that LGBT people are still criminalised in 42 of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Pride Glasgow also saw the unveiling of our super Smoothie Making Bike, which allowed vistors to enjoy some exercise while producing a healthy fruit smoothie for themselves.
Our next event was the Youth Reception at Pride House in Glasgow on the 2nd August, where we were introduced by the Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People Tam Baillie and our own Chief Executive Fergus McMillan. The event included discussions on LGBT people, sport and the Commonwealth, indoor games, activities and competitions, and an open stage for singer songwriters.
Our third event, the Legacy Sports Challenge Fair takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 30th August and will bring together the individual young people and small teams who have signed up to try out a range of sports including Rugby, Parkour, Football, Badminton and many more – there is still time to suggest a sport! Instruction will be given alongside a lot of fun. Come along and discover how you can meet new people, get fit and active, and enjoy the challenge of competition through taking up a sport!
Details of the venue(s) will be on the website from the week beginning 4th August.Sign up for our forthcoming events using the Wufoo form here.
For fliers or for more information, please contact Stephen King.
Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth
Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change is the first book to focus on experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and all non-heterosexual people in the Commonwealth. The volume offers the most internationally extensive analysis to date of the global struggle for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual behaviour and relationships. The book published on a not-for-profit basis and is available free online to read and/or download by clicking here.
Further information including videos of talks from book launches and links to relevant organizations worldwide can be found on the website of one of the co-editors, Dr. Matthew Waites, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow.