Studies from Out on the Fields (2015) and OutSport (2019) show some shocking, though not surprising results: 80% of both queer and straight people have witnessed or experienced homophobic behaviour in sports, while 43% of football fans have witnessed homophobic behaviour while attending a game.
Being LGBTQ+ in the sports industry is still a difficult reality, as prejudice is still very much present and often associated with toxic masculinity performed by straight counterparts. This panel promises to explore the obstacles of being queer and participating in sports, as well as strategies for sports organisations to help the community overcome these obstacles.
In Partnership With
MNikki SymmonsGlobal Content Studio Operations and Planning
Philip Morris International
Devin IbañezProfessional Rugby Player and Public Speaker
New England Free Jacks
Shola AminuHead of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Rhys GrayGymnast / Analyst
British Gymnastics / Dojo (Paymentsense)
Grace McKenzieOperations Lead
Bonnie Thurston (she/her/hers)Director, Player Programs
Melissa RaymondAssociate Director, Social Media
Sarah KendallManaging Director
Fuse Sport & Entertainment