EGLSF annual conference to address gender and sexual diversity in sport04 March 2015

Aninternationalconferencewillbringtogetherover100internationaldelegatestoKrakow,Poland,todiscussdiversityinsportthisweek.

The one day-event, organised by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) and hosted by the Polish LGBTQ sport association KK Krakersy on 6 March, is looking to cover the subject of diversity and sexual identity in professional and amateur sport in Poland, while setting out a series of action points to boost diversity in European sport.

International panelists and experts from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, the UK and Germany will contribute to debates around sport activism of the LGBT community, fighting homophobia, transphobia and sexism and breaking glass ceilings in sport.

Lectures, discussions, workshops and roundtables will also address topics including: the rights of children and young people in sports; homophobia in Polish sport; gender discrimination in endurance sports; inequality and women’s participation in sport; and the biopolitics of sports.

Klaus Heusslein, co-prsedient of the EGLSF, said: “Sexual orientation is not a choice, practicing sport indeed is – we need to create an environment in which every athlete feels free to practice sport regardless of gender, origin, religion or sexual orientation.”

Fare delegates attending and speaking at the event will highlight the network’s work in tackling homophobia and sexism in football, as well as promoting the participation of minority groups, including the LGBT community, across the different levels of the game.

The conference will be followed by the federation’s General Assembly, on Saturday and Sunday, 7 and 8 March.

The meeting is looking discuss and further the work of EGLSF in tackling harassment, discrimination and prejudice and highlighting the visibility of LGBT people in sport.

The conference is open for everyone. To secure a place register here.