LGBTQ Youth Athletes Should ‘Play
June 12, 2018 - Whether you call it soccer, football, or “the
beautiful game,” it’s a global phenomenon. Play Proud
is a vital new initiative from Streetfootballworld USA designed
to protect some of soccer’s most vulnerable players, and
June is Pride Month.
The question of gender in sport: Are you woman enough?
Are you woman enough? This is the question that has been repeatedly
asked of Caster Semenya ever since, in 2009, at the age of 18,
she blew away the competition to win gold at the World Championships
in Berlin. Semenya was born and raised a woman but the International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) dictate their own
set of criteria for who is female enough for their women’s
competitions. So Semenya faced a choice: undergo medically unnecessary
hormone treatment, or give up the career she loves. It is an ultimatum
that no other woman, in any walk of life, would face.
New testosterone rules for athletes discriminatory, Ottawa
New rules that would prevent female athletes with high natural
testosterone levels from running middle-distance races for women
are discriminatory, says an Ottawa-based sports and ethics organization.
Pride House Founder to Receive IGLTA’s Pioneer
“We are excited to celebrate Dean Nelson, who developed
a way to champion diversity through major international sports
events such as the Olympic Games, an event that touches lives
around the world.” said Juan Julià, IGLTA Board Chair.
Softball coach calls out league policy on transgender
players, sparks national response
An Edmonton softball coach who raised red flags about his amateur
league's approach to transgender players has prompted policy reviews
at the sport's highest levels in Canada.
Jury slams Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth with $3.74 million
judgment for firing lesbian coach
March 16, 2018 - Miller sued the school after she was fired following
a very successful 16 years there. Miller, along with her wife
and then-fired UMD softball coach Jen Banford, claimed the firing
was the result of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation
and age. The Federal jury agreed.
Gay at the Games: How Canada is hosting Pride House,
a safe space for LGBT athletes at the Olympics
There are 13 out and proud LGBT athletes at the Winter Olympics,
out of more than 3,000 competitors. While that number may seem
low, it's almost double the number who were out at Sochi —
seven. "I promise, for every athlete that's out, there's
at least one or two that aren't," said Mark Tewksbury, a
Canadian swimmer who won Olympic gold in 1992, and later came
out as gay.
CWHL's first transgender woman finds comfort, confidence
in professional hockey
Jessica Platt learned to skate in a backyard ice rink her family
built in a neighbor's yard. Today, she plays for the Toronto Furies,
a Canadian Women's Hockey League team. "I'm hoping I can
help other trans people and trans athletes know that they can
achieve their dreams," Platt said. "Even if one person
is inspired or helped, then I feel like I succeeded at something."
This Edmonton-based gym for LGBTQ people is the first
of its kind in Canada
Kyle Fairall, who runs Queerflex, was nominated for a human rights
award for their work with the gym
You Can Play awarded 2017 IOC Trophy for Sport Beyond
Dec 2017 - The Canadian Olympic Committee’s (COC) Awards
and Recognition Committee presented the 2017 International Olympic
Committee (IOC) Trophy for Sport Beyond Borders to You Can Play.
Minor hockey coaches, trainers get mandatory training
on being trans-inclusive
Dec 2017 - Ontario hockey coaches, trainers and managers have
been instructed to take training programs in support of transgender
An open discussion about sport and homophobia (video)
September 29, 2017 - Scott Russell, host of Road to the Olympic
Games, leads the conversation with author and Olympian Marnie
McBean, vice-president of development & operations at You
Can Play Jillian Svensson, and Paulo Senra, the CFL's director
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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 North America.
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.
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.
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.
Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the Change Room
“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
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
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
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 fields.
Canadian Olympic Committee tackling LGBT issues this
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.
A more welcoming, more inclusive Pan Am Games
This time, they don't want anyone — repeat, anyone —
to feel they're unwelcome. Not like last winter in Sochi, where
the Olympic spirit — not to mention its charter —
was tarred and feathered by the Russian Duma's hurried, horrid
anti-gay legislation. PrideHouseToronto went swiftly into action
then, and it's gone into action again as July's Pan Am Games approach.
"We're committed to making sure there's a place in sport
for all," says Hamilton resident John Jansen, co-chair of
PrideHouseToronto's volunteer engagement logistics team.
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