Homophobia in amateur sport

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1030
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Research conducted by Stonewall and YouGov has shown that one in five heterosexual people hear homophobic language while playing amateur football. That rises to two in five lesbian, gay and bisexual people. What discussions have the London Community Sports Board had about how to tackle homophobia in amateur sport?

Answer

Answer for Homophobia in amateur sport

Answer for Homophobia in amateur sport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The remit of the London Community Sports Board is to increase participation in sport and physical exercise.

As such, the London Community Sports Board has not held discussions about tackling homophobia in Sport. However, Sport England is represented on the London Community Sports Board and I am fully supportive of its work with partner organisations, such as Pride Sports, to break down barriers faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

Additionally, I am fully supportive of The Football Association's Action Plan for including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in football, 'Opening Doors and Joining in 2012-2016'.