Gay Athletes

Levelling the Playing Field for LGBT Athletes

John Amaechi | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Sport
John Amaechi

Despite the increasing acceptance of the LGBT community, LGBT athletes and fans are still cruelly distanced from the full embrace of the community around sport. While other elements of society are beginning to realise the tangible and intangible benefits of LGBT inclusion, sport is far from an inclusive industry where all LGBT individuals are accepted and free to bring their whole selves to work. Everyone loses in this arrangement.

Why Is Tom Daley's Coming Out Story a Media Frenzy?

Jack Rattenbury | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jack Rattenbury

Olympic diver Tom Daley, came out as bisexual yesterday, admitting he has been in a relationship with a man since spring this year. This story blew up all over the media and social network. Gay men were celebrating, straight girls were upset.

LGBTI Equality: The Lost Legacy of the London Games?

Kevin Childs | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK
Kevin Childs

The Paralympics opening ceremony seemed to re-enforce the message of inclusiveness, ending with a rip-roaring rendition of that very gay anthem 'I am what I am' by Beverley Knight. But let's not get over excited. Those 25 out gay Olympians and Paralympians begin to look less than included when you consider the thousands who have taken part so far. What is it about modern sport that closes the door on sexual identity?

Olympic Legacy: No Change for Gay Athletes

Andy Wasley | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK
Andy Wasley

Long after the last athletes and spectators have left the Olympic Park in September, London 2012's organisers will be obsessing over the much-hyped Olympic Legacy. London won its bid for the Games on an explicit promise of 'greater inclusion' for all communities. Recent research conducted by the University of Cambridge for Stonewall's School Report 2012 reveals something that should seriously worry those responsible for achieving this worthy goal. In light of these findings, it's unsurprising that gay people are almost invisible in professional athletics (in Team GB there are just two openly gay athletes). But remarkably, London 2012 has done little of value to make sure gay people share that Olympic Legacy of 'greater inclusion'.