WorkPride Panel: Hit Me with Your Best Shot! The Reality of Sports for the LGBTQ+ Family
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.
Michael GunningProfessional Athlete / TV Personality
Arthur WebberCommunications Support Officer
MDevin IbañezCustomer Success Manager and Public Speaker
Cleo Lyn (she/her)Events Coordinator
British universities and colleges sport
Joanie EvansCo President
Federation of Gay Games