The launch of a new venture in sport

HER Rugby League Association A new organisation has been set up to celebrate and support the women who work in, play, watch and support the sport of rugby league. Her Rugby League Association was created by Angela Powers, a Sky Sports reporter who has been involved in covering the game for 15 years. “I have always been quietly proud of the fact …

Portsmouth Says Balls to Homophobia

After a report by the NUS found that LGBT students are put off joining sports, the University of Portsmouth Athletic Union (AU) decided to launch their own campaign to show their support. The Balls to Homophobia campaign aims to ‘break down any barriers between LGBT students and sports’ and encourages athletes to be comfortable with their sexuality and express it …

Arsenal to Host Anti-Homophobia/Transphobia Event

Arsenal FC is to show homophobia/transphobia is not welcome by hosting the London schools’ LGBT sports tournament and showcase. The club have pledged their support for LGBT History month by putting rainbow lights around the pitch with a statement; ‘Arsenal for everyone supporting LGBT History Month.’  They have also advertised the Football V homophobia campaign and support for LGBT History …

NUS report highlights issues for LGBT students in sport

Homophobia is putting off students from participating in university sports, a report by the National Union of Students (NUS) has found. Only one third of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students play organised team sports at college or university, while 14.3 per cent of those surveyed said that experiences of homophobia, biphobia, or transphobia meant that they did not want …

Fury Apologises to Price

The British heavyweight Tyson Fury has apologised for making abusive comments about the British and Commonwealth champion David Price – and for a tweet posted on his timeline that he denies writing, which said “dont like gays shoul all b shot dead”. Fury is already facing possible action from the British Boxing Board of Control after posting a video on Twitter which …

Pride House festival programme complete

Pride House 2012 is excited to announce that the London Broncos Rugby League will be part of the Pride House festival, dedicating their Saturday 4 August 2012 game against Salford Reds to Pride House, in what the club aims to become an annual tradition. As part of the scheme, discounted tickets (£10 instead of £15) will be available to spectators …

14 Out Participants in the Olympics

If anyone needed proof that we need to have ‘gay games’ and special LGBT sports events, they only need to look at the number of out lesbian and gay (sic) participants at this year’s Olympics. Although up on Beijing and Athens, the number of openly lesbian and gay participants is 14. They are: Matthew Mitcham (Australia, diving); Edward Gal (Netherlands, equestrian); Lisa Raymond (U.S., …

Latest Sports Timeline now available

Out of the Blocks 6, the latest update on our comprehensive sports timeline is now available on this site. Its author and designer Tony Scupham-Bilton has scoured the history books and sports pages to find more LGBT secrets from our past and update us on the most recent LGBT people and events in the world of sport. To access it …

You Can Play Video

The US National Hockey League has launched a new vid to promote LGBT inclusion. Dusting Byfuglien, Tanner Glas and Ryan Kesler are three of the biggest names in the NHL. They join the You Can Play Project in promoting respect for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation. See it here

News from New England: Ice Hockey Comes out of the Closet

The University of Connecticut’s ice hockey team The Huskies has launched an inclusive programme to challenge homophobia and transphobia in the sport. Patrick Burke initiated the ‘You Can Play’ project and video after his brother Brendan died in a car crash days after coming out in 2010. To read more go here