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Scottish LGBT Sports Charter

On 6 May 2015, at Hampden Park, the home of Scottish football, the Equality Network launched their Scottish LGBT Sports Charter.

The Charter has been developed following the publication of the Out for Sport report (2012) on the barriers to LGBT participation in Scottish sport.

Research by the Equality Network found that almost 80% of respondents thought that homophobia and transphobia were a problem in Scottish sport, around two-thirds of respondents had experienced an incident of prejudice, and a majority of respondents said that they would be more likely to participate in sport if it was more LGBT friendly. Yet despite this 95% of respondents felt that not enough was being done by Scottish sports bodies to challenge prejudice or reduce the barriers to participation.

A key recommendation of the research was to develop a Scottish LGBT Sports Charter, and a number of leading Scottish sports bodies have demonstrated their commitment to challenging prejudice and better including LGBT people in sport by signing up to the Charter. The first signatories include sportscotland, Team Scotland, the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Scottish Athletics, Boxing Scotland, Waterski and Wakeboard Scotland, Scottish Disability Sport, and the Scottish Volleyball Association.

For more information, visit the Equality Network website.


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