Tag Archive | football

Irish Exclusive: Michael Sam Urges More to Take Part in Study on Homophobia in Sport

As Gay Games 9 take place in Cleveland, Michael Sam, one of the world’s highest profile LGBT athletes, is urging people to take part in the first international study on homophobia in sports. The study is the first to collect national data about discrimination in Ireland as well as other major English speaking countries, so they can be […]

Northern Irish Football Team Cliftonville in Solidarity with LGBT Fans

Northern Irish Football Team Cliftonville in Solidarity with LGBT Fans

The Northern Irish football club, Cliftonville, has recently made history in the region’s sporting history by supporting their LGBT fans. In reaction to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont voting against introducing equal marriage to the region, which would have brought it into line with the rest of the UK, the rainbow flag has been […]

Australia: World First – Professional Sports Commit to Eliminating Homophobia

Australia: World First – Professional Sports Commit to Eliminating Homophobia

In a world first, every major professional sport in Australia will collectively commit to tackling discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Australian Football League, Australia Rugby Union, National Rugby League, Football Federation of Australia and Cricket Australia will collectively commit to creating inclusive sporting cultures and eliminate homophobia in their respective sport. At the launch event, […]

German Footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger Comes Out as Gay

German Footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger Comes Out as Gay

The German professional footballer, Thomas Hitzlsperger, has revealed he is gay in an interview with Die Zeit newspaper published today. The 31-year-old former Aston Villa midfielder, who won 52 caps for Germany as well as having West Ham and Everton on his CV, is now the most prominent footballer to come out as gay, saying that it […]

Don’t Miss: Dublin Devils FC on RTÉ Two Tonight

The Dublin Devils, Ireland’s only gay men’s soccer team, will be featured as part of The Underdogs tonight at 9.55pm on RTÉ Two. Presented by 2fm DJ Paddy McKenna, the programme looks at the unsung heroes of Irish sport, and will include interviews and comments from the Dublin Devils.

Rainbow Laces Campaign Criticised by Football v Homophobia

Rainbow Laces Campaign Criticised by Football v Homophobia

Stonewall UK and Paddy Power have been criticised, not for their Rainbow Laces campaign, but for the slogan that goes with it – Get Behind The Players.  Stonewall have defended the slogan by saying it’s meant to be risqué and tongue in cheek, but the anti-homophobia group Football v Homophobia have stated:

Equality in Sport: Reaching the Finish Line?

Are we about to enter a new era of tolerance for LGBT people within sport? Scott De Buitléir looks at recent events on both sides of the Atlantic. It really seems that Robbie Rogers has created a domino effect for LGBT people in sport. If so, he certainly didn’t plan it. It is well known by now that […]