Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches
Newly revised in 2017 with the support of Sport Canada and in partnership with AthletesCAN and the Coaching Association of Canada, CAAWS’ ground-breaking resource - Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches—is a practical resource for coaches and other sport leaders to create welcoming, inclusive teams. This second edition still reflects the voices of Canadian LGBTQ and cisgender athletes and coaches, but now includes the Canadian results of the international Out on the Fields Study on Homophobia in Sport (2015), as well as the recent guidance to sport organizations on creating inclusive environments for trans identities released by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (2016).Download the Resources.

Step Up! Speak Out! Ally Campaign for Inclusive Sport
Step Up! Speak Out! is a Canadian initiative to make sport more welcoming by encouraging athletes, coaches, officials, sport administrators, parents and fans to respect all individuals regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation.


Kristen Worley’s continuing battle for dignity in sports (Video)
July 18, 2017 - Testosterone alone is an insufficient marker to distinguish men from women says elite Canadian transgender cyclist

Cycling Canada, OCA, the UCI, and Canadian Athlete Kristen Worley Settle Human Rights Application to Promote Inclusive Sporting Environments
July 18, 2017 - “Today, I am satisfied that the sport of cycling in Canada and internationally have committed to help advocate for issues facing XY female athletes,” said Worley. “My vision encourages sport and the Olympic Movement to do what it is supposed to do best: harmonizing and celebrating through sport the magic and enormity of our human diversity.”

Historic support from Canadian sports teams, players for Pride
June 24, 2017 - An historic number of athletes, coaches, management and staff from Toronto sports teams and organizations will be attending this year's Pride Parade in Toronto. More than 120 people representing the NHL, CFL, Canada Basketball, Canadian Olympic Committee and You Can Play are joining forces to continue their march towards making sport a more inclusive space.

An open letter from Martina Navratilova to Margaret Court Arena
Sporting venues named for athletes, or any place, really, named for whoever, are so named for one reason. That reason is their whole body of work. In other words, it is not just for what this person did on the field, on the court, in politics, arts or science, for instance, but also for who they are as human beings.

CAAWS Leading the Way Webinar – LGBTQI2S Inclusion for Your Sport Organization
January 13, 2017
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Edmonton's LGBTQ rainbow hockey tape goes international
Dec. 2016 - Pride Tape 'a phenomenal made-in-Edmonton success story,' says co-creator of rainbow hockey tape. Splashes of rainbow-coloured hockey tape are raising awareness about LGBTQ athletes worldwide, after an Edmonton-based campaign crossed the ocean.

2016 Sport Leadership Conference – Leading the Way Workshop
November 3, 2016 - Jennifer Birch-Jones
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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 in Canada!

Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches – A Focus on Trans Inclusion: Webinar
October 24, 2016, Jennifer Birch-Jones
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Listen to the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6883023432421815307

Just Being Himself, in a Professional Women’s Hockey League
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 North America.

At least 9 out LGBT athletes competing at the Paralympics in Rio
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 Isn't Changed
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’ index.

Olympians and Paralympians bring inclusive message to historic Mardi Gras
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 Up
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.
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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 15.

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 Spider Jones

Canadian Olympic Committee launches campaign to promote LGBTQ inclusion
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 role model
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 being gay

Olympian to share her story of overcoming isolation with Kitchener students
"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 shows
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 fields.

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, forever
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.






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