2016 Sport Leadership Conference –
Leading the Way Workshop
November 3, 2016 - Jennifer Birch-Jones
the presentation (.pdf, 2.23 MB)
Sport North Introduces Team NWT You Can Play Video
Sport North is privileged to formally join the You Can Play movement,
and is beyond grateful to the athletes, coaches, and officials who
stepped up participate in our TEAM NWT You Can Play video –
the first of its kind by a provincial or territorial sports organization
Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches
– A Focus on Trans Inclusion: Webinar
October 24, 2016, Jennifer Birch-Jones
the webinar presentation (.pdf, 7.15 MB)
Listen to the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6883023432421815307
Just Being Himself, in a Professional Women’s Hockey
Oct 20, 2016 - He changed his voice mail recording and created a
new email address. He updated his LinkedIn profile, too, to reflect
his new name. With those details settled, and the National Women’s
Hockey League season about to begin, Harrison Browne, who was born
Hailey Browne and identifies as a man, was ready to debut as the
first openly transgender athlete in professional team sports in
At least 9 out LGBT athletes competing at the Paralympics
After a Summer Olympic Games that saw a record-smashing number of
publicly out lesbian, gay and bisexual athletes, the Paralympics
are set to follow suit in Rio. We know of at least nine publicly
out Paralympians who will be competing for gold in Rio, the most
we have known of in a single Paralympics.
Homophobia becomes a crime in Italian sport
Italian sports authorities have taken a clear position in support
of LGBT rights. In an historic decision, Italy’s National
Olympic Committee unanimously approved an amendment to its statute,
which introduces the crime of homophobia.
CCES Releases Guide to Creating Inclusive Environments
for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport
“I commend the work that the Trans Inclusion in Sport Expert
Working Group has done to develop guiding policy and practices for
sport organizations to better include trans participants in the
Canadian sport system,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough,
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
NBA: No All-Star Game for North Carolina If Anti-LGBT Law
After having said last week that no decision had been made on pulling
next year’s NBA All-Star Game from North Carolina, the league’s
commissioner now says the game definitely will be moved if the state’s
recently enacted anti-LGBT law isn’t changed.
“We’ve been, I think, crystal clear a change in the
law is necessary for us to play in the kind of environment that
we think is appropriate for a celebratory NBA event,” said
commissioner Adam Silver
How Major Codes are Tackling Homophobia in Sport
Australia, April 27, 2016 - In 2014 Cricket Australia lead the way
in taking steps to eradicate homophobia from their code by signing
the ‘Anti-Homophobia in Sport Framework,’ and in 2015
also released their ‘A Sport for All’ diversity and
inclusion resource for Australian cricket clubs. It’s not
just Cricket Australia. All the major Australian sporting codes
have now signed onto the world first ‘Pride in Sport’
Olympians and Paralympians bring inclusive message to historic
The 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday will be the
first time a float full of Olympians, Paralympians and their supporters
has been entered in the annual event to celebrate diversity and
raise awareness of discrimination.
Is sport waking up to homophobia?
Out On The Fields is the first international study on homophobia
in sport, compiling responses from almost 9,500 people, including
around 25% from heterosexual men and women. The study found that
80% of people had witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport
Adidas Encourages Star Athletes to Come Out
The world's second largest sportswear company is shaking up the
sports industry by being the first company to guarantee they will
not terminate any endorsement deals if the athlete comes out as
gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
Problems in sport run deeper than homophobia
A University of Auckland researcher is taking a closer look at the
experiences LGBTI people have when it comes to women’s sport
in the hope to better understand the rigid ideas the sporting world
maintains in regards to masculinity and femininity.
Rainbow coloured hockey tape symbol of LGBTQ support
A new initiative aims to promote inclusion in sports through the
colour of hockey tape. Pride Tape is the brainchild of the University
of Alberta’s Sexual Minority Studies and Services.
The Canadian Women's Hockey League and You Can Play Team
On Saturday January 2nd, 2016 the Canadian Women’s Hockey
League will be hosting two games in partnership with You Can Play
to support and promote equality for all athletes, coaches, staff
and fans without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.
promotional info (pdf, 152KB)
Australian campaign against homophobia in sport wins UN
Award for its global influence
The United Nations has recognised the Australia-wide campaign to
end homophobia in sports with a special award. The United Nations
Golden World award (for Public Relations and Public Education with
an objective of social progress) recognises the impact the Australian
campaign has had on “international social progress”.
PrideHouse Toronto: Ensuring a place for all in sport
PrideHouse Toronto has achieved a number of firsts. For the first
time in Pan Am history, an openly gay runner participated in the
torch relay, arising from the close partnership of PrideHouseTO
with the TORONTO 2015 Organizing Committee. It’s the first
to ever receive government funding, which in this case came from
the government of Ontario and City of Toronto. And PrideHouse TO
lead partner CIBC is the first major corporate sponsor in the history
of the Pride House movement.
LGBT issues in sports 101
The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University
of Toronto, will offer a course next year called “Sports and
Sexual Diversity” in its undergraduate program.
PrideHouse Toronto to continue drive for LGBTQ inclusion
during Parapan American Games
More than 31,000 people visited PrideHouse Toronto during the Pan
American Games, from a variety of countries from across the region.
They are now hoping to have similar success during the Parapan American
Games and are keeping PrideHouse Pavilion open throughout the duration
of the event, which opens today and is due to last until August
Much work needed to ensure LGBT athletes can be themselves
From July 10 to 26, 2015, over 8,000 athletes descended upon Toronto
for the Pan Am Games. Daily Xtra could only find a small number
of them that openly identify as LGBT. It’s not for lack of
trying to create a comfortable environment. The 519, Toronto’s
LGBT community centre, morphed into PrideHouseTO, an LGBT inclusive
space for athletes, fans and community members.
Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the Change Room Project
“The first time I encountered a homophobic slur, it was written
on the wall in a locker room in my elementary school.” –
Elise, lesbian, graduate student. Walking into a gym locker room
can evoke a spectrum of emotions. For many users, it’s a get-in-and-get-out-fast
type of experience. But few people talk about why they feel the
way they do about these spaces.
N.W.T. first Canadian province or territory to join You
Can Play project
'It's about respect for athletes, and coaches and fans': Sport North's
Canadian Olympic Committee launches campaign to promote
In the moments before Anastasia Bucsis stepped on the ice to race,
when her sole focus should have been on what she had to do to win,
the speedskater would be consumed by worries that went way beyond
sport. What if her competitors knew she was gay? “Which is
ridiculous because it shouldn’t matter,” Bucsis said...
Canadian Olympic Committee Launches #OneTeam LGBTQ PSA
to Strengthen Message of Inclusion in Sport
#OneTeam Ambassadors stand up for inclusion in sport
TORONTO — On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
launched its first ever #OneTeam LGBTQ inclusion in sport Public
Service Announcement (PSA), documenting the challenges that featured
athletes faced growing up and competing in sport while being closeted.
Keeper Erin McLeod comes out, leads team and fans as Canadian
The 32-year-old goalkeeper is about to play in her third Women’s
World Cup. It has been only in recent years, though, that she has
truly taken the leap to be exactly who she is – an athlete,
an artist, an activist and someone who will speak publicly about
Olympian to share her story of overcoming isolation with
"There are people desperately waiting to hear someone talk
about this," she said. "There are people who absolutely
need to hear this information and know there is someone else who
is the same or who they can relate to or look up to.
Homophobia in sports still pervasive in Canada, new study
New data shows that homophobia is still alive and well in Canadian
sports and the study, which is the first of its kind, suggests anti-gay
attitudes are deterring young people from being active in some athletic
Hockey player Kendra Fisher comes out: 'Stereotypes of
women's sports are keeping lesbians in the closet'
Kendra Fisher, a former elite ice hockey goalie for Canada and current
inline hockey player, opened up about her sexual orientation in
a public forum for the first time at the Canadian Olympic Committee's
#OneTeam round table last week, saying with a pause and conviction:
"I am a gay athlete."
Canadian Olympic Committee tackling LGBT issues this week
Continuing on the quest it started six months ago with its #OneTeam
initiative, the Canadian Olympic Committee will host an international
roundtable on LGBT inclusion in sport this Thursday. The roundtable
features various panels and conversations focused on identifying
challenges to change in sport and solutions to advancing that change
on LGBT issues.
The 12 ways Sochi 2014 changed gay rights, and the world,
The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event
that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center
of a civil rights firestorm. Even though it happened in February,
the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach
the end of the year.
Out Proud Radio Interview with Jennifer Birch-Jones
December 5, 2014 - This was an informative discussion about Women
in Sport and Homophobia in Sports with my guest Jennifer Birch Jones,
life-long athlete and well known volunteer, national referee, sports
professional and advocate for the advancement of women in sport.