EGLSF annual conference and general assembly held in Glasgow

For the first time in 28 years the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation EGLSF congregated in Scotland for its annual conference and members meeting.

The conference hosted by the Scottish LGBT rights organisation LEAP Sports Scotland, between 5-6 March and held under the theme 'Diverse Identities in Sport', was divided in four different plenary talks addressing the inclusion of transgender athletes in sex-serparate teams; understanding diverse identities in queer sexual politics; discussing the construction of identities, reclaiming subjectives, reconstructing selves; and, gender categorisation and intersex athletes.

At the event there were also updates from the organisers of EuroGames Helsinki 2016, World Out Games Miami 2017 and Gay Games Paris 2018 and the premier of a short film showing transgender people's experiences taking part in sport and the importance of sport in their lives.

Fare was in attendance represented by its Programmes Co-ordinator Claudia Krobitzsch, who was also a contributor at one of the conference's breakout sessions.

Speaking on behalf of the EGLSF board, John Ryan said: "Our three days in Glasgow proved to be an incredible learning experience. The conference highlighted the general lack of awareness of the issues that transgender people face in sport but we have left with the tools to face these challenges.

"The EGLSF is determined to highlight these issues with our members so we can all be more informed about the struggles our community faces."

At the event EGLSF committee awarded LEAP Sports Scotland an award for outstanding contribution to European sport.

EGLSF members voted to take next year’s general assembly to Dusseldorf, Germany.

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