Conference to tackle Homophobia in Sport28 May 2003

The EGLSF (European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation), a FARE partner, are holding a major conference looking at the issue of homophobia in sport. The conference will be held Friday the 30th of May in DGI-Byen in Copenhagen. It is aimed not only at gays and lesbians, but politicians, journalist and organizers of sports clubs.

During the conference, different aspects of being homosexual in sports will be examined. The question of “why there are so few open homosexuals in sports when you find open gay and lesbians in almost every other part of the society” will be discussed.

Speakers at the conference include many leading authorities interested in homophobia within sports. In particular, Tony Banks MP (UK) will speak at the conference. Mr. Banks is a former sports minister and currently he is member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Sports. He is also ‘rapporteur’ on the situation of gays and lesbians in sport in Europe (homophobia included).

Further details can be found at EGLSF’s website.