Pride in Sport

The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) received funding from the European Commission within the Preparatory Actions is the Field of Sport, to run a series of projects and actions to tackle discrimination in sport against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons. The EU funding period covered September 2011 to March 2013.


  • To raise awareness and understanding of homophobia and practice which discriminates against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people in sport;
  • To enhance the capacity of LGBT sports groups and networks both on a local/national/pan-European level to share knowledge and contribute to the debate on best practice in LGBT inclusion in sport;
  • To promote LGBT human rights through sport, bridging the gap between new member states in the East and old member states in the West;
  • To improve networks of those working to combat homophobia and promote LGBT inclusion in sport across Europe – including grass roots organisations, Sports Governing Bodies and campaigning organisations.


  • Twenty (20) local good practice initiatives across Europe have been supported;
  • Tailored fact sheets have been written for governing bodies of key European Sports: football, handball, volleyball, swimming and basketball;
  • “Against the Rules” Exhibition was shown in London during 2012 Olympic Games and in Budapest during 2012 EuroGames, the multi-sport LGBT championships;
  • “UpFront” anti-discrimination education tool, aimed at young people has been created as a gaming application, to make it fun and attractive;
  • “Sport and Homosexuals, Sport for Homosexuals: Models of Integration, Examples of Rejection” An Academic Colloquium / conference was organised, exploring issues of self-organisation amongst LGBT athletes and integration in mainstream sport.
  • A Final Conference was organised, bringing together all the main and affiliated project partners and representatives of other institutions.

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