Scottish sport and equality groups unite to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport


A new Scottish LGBT Sports Charter was launched today at Hampden Park to tackle homophobia and transphobia in Scottish sport.

Sportscotland, Team Scotland, the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Scottish Athletics, and Waterski Scotland were among the first governing bodies to sign up to the Charter.

It is anticipated that the number of bodies signed up will increase over the coming months.


Equality Network launch new Scottish LGBT Sports Charter at Hampden Park



The charter was developed by the Equality Network in response to research which found significant barriers for LGBT people participating in sport.

Scott Cuthbertson, of the Equality Network, said: “We know through our research that LGBT people in Scotland still face significant barriers to full inclusion in sport.


The Charter was developed in response to the findings of the Out for Sport report


“The launch of the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter is an important step to addressing those barriers and commits those involved in the delivery of sport to taking practical action to tackle discrimination and increase LGBT involvement.

“By proactively challenging prejudice whenever it occurs, visibly supporting LGBT inclusion, and training staff in LGBT issues, we know that the efforts of sports bodies will play a crucial role in ensuring that Scottish sport is a safe and welcoming environment for all.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, added: “At sportscotland we are building a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland and we view this charter as an important step in that journey.”