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Lib Dem Equalities Minister tackles Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport

March 14, 2011 6:56 PM

Lynne Featherstone - London Pride 2010

Lynne Featherstone MP supporting LGBT equality with Lib Dems at London Pride 2010

Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, today launched a new Government campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in sport.

Major sports organisations, such as the Football Association, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Rugby Football League, have signed up to a Charter for Action in which they pledge to make sport a welcome place for everyone.
Commenting, Lynne Featherstone said:
"Sport is still seen by many as an institution where there are barriers we have yet to tear down, because there are so few openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who feel comfortable on the field.
"Professional sports have the ability to change attitudes, on the field as well as in society. That is why it is important we break through this last remaining taboo and tackle it head on so that LGBT people feel welcome in all sports.
"The Liberal Democrats have long pledged to tackle prejudice everywhere and today's launch of the Charter for Action is an important step in ensuring in sport homophobic prejudices become a thing of the past."
Adrian Trett, Chair of LGBT Lib Dems, added:
"I am delighted that the Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone MP has launched today the campaign to erase homophobia and transphobia from all sports.

Sport plays a crucial role in bringing society together and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people should be welcomed and encouraged to enjoy and participate in."