LGBT History month 2012 to focus on homophobia in sport

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a pink background.

Preparations for LGBT History Month 2012 will begin with a pre-launch event on Monday at the Kia Oval cricket ground in London.

The free all-day public event will include exhibitions and talks on the theme for 2012, promoting inclusion and tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport.

There will be an opportunity to hear to the Government’s plans for sport and tackling homophobia and to put questions to the Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone.

In the afternoon, Megan Worthing-Davies of the Justin Campaign leads an action-based session on the football v homophobia campaign.

Early evening be entertained by the Pink Triangle theatre at the Ovalhouse across the road and the main event in the evening is a mix of LGBT sports people exploring inclusion in sport and the London Gay Men’s Chorus.

LGBT History Month Co-Chair Sue Sanders said: “Whilst many of the organisations involved in the delivery of LGBT History Month don’t have a natural affinity with the world of sport, many of them have worked hard to embrace the theme in the lead-in to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Equally, many sports bodies have chosen to embrace LGBT History Month 2011-2012 and we are particularly proud of an initiative of Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Club.

“Sponsored by LGBT History Month and Pride Sports, they made history last year by becoming the first professional sports team in the world to wear an anti-homophobia message on their kit during their match against Widnes Vikings.

“We are confident that LGBT History Month 2012 will prove to be equally as successful and we will see even greater strides in the visibility and safety of LGBT people in sport in the coming year.

“LGBT History Month is thrilled for the second year to be tackling this very thorny issue of homophobia and transphobia in sport, with our partners Pride Sport.”

LGBT History Month saw 1000 events in 2011.

To register for any of the events on Monday, visit the Eventbrite website.