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Conference 2018

Changing LGBTI+ Lives through Sport and Physical Activity


Friday 2nd November, Teacher Building, Glasgow 0900-1600

Changing LGBTI+ Lives through Sport and Physical Activity is a FREE one day conference exploring the impact and good practice in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people's inclusion and participation in sport and physical activity. This conference is a must for anyone who has an interest or remit for equality within sport, and will be relevant if you are a sports administrator, policy-maker, organiser, coach or participant.

Hear personal stories, see initiatives and practices which are making a difference, and hear from some of the sports bodies and clubs doing some of this work. Also hear up to date research on LGBTI+ people's experiences across Scotland and beyond.

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Conference Timetable:

09.00 Registration

09.30 Opening Keynotes including

Joe Fitzpatrick – Minister for Public Health, Sport & Wellbeing

Hugh Torrance – Executive Director, LEAP Sports Scotland

Rosario Coco – Outsport project, AICS

10.00 Outsport research findings - Professor Ilse Hartman-Tews and Tobias Menzel, German Sport University, Cologne

10.15 Changing Lives through Sport & Physical Activity experience panel - a discussion panel looking at LGBTI+ people with intersecting identities and their experiences within sport

11.00 Parallel breakout sessions

(A) Trans* participation in sport: policy and practice perspectives (contributors confirmed include: Louise Tideswell, Plan4Sport; Sadie Godiva, bowler; Alex Muir, TSI - trans sport initiative; Martin Munoz and Conny-Hendrik Kempe-Schälicke, Seitenwechsel Sport Club, Berlin)

(B) Examining sex regulation and intersex inclusion (contributors confirmed include: Pol Naidenov, intersex activist and former elite rower with Monika Pisankaneva, Director, Bilitis Resource Center; Dr Sonja Erikainen, ESRC Research Fellow, University of Leeds)

(C) LGBTI+ sports events and participation (contributors confirmed include: Emy Ritt, Director of International Relations, Gay Games Paris 2018; Sarah Townsend, General Secretary, European Gay & Lesbian Sports Federation; Fraser May, Hotscots F.C.)

(D) Outsport: methods for tackling discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (contributors confirmed include: Laszlo Foldi, Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education Specialist; Rosario Coco, Project Manager, GAYCS)

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Parallel breakout sessions

(E) Equality in sport and the role of the media (contributors confirmed include: Jon Holmes, Home Page Editor for Sky Sports & Network Lead for the Sports Media LGBT+ Network; Margot McCuaig, award winning writer, producer, director and novelist and Director of Purple TV; Dr. Birgit Braumüller, German Sports University, Cologne) 

(F) Is separate really inclusive? Do LGBTI sports clubs and initiatives work? (contributors confirmed include: Assistant Professor Antoine Le Blanc from Universite du Littoral; Ben Holme, North Regional Development Officer, Boxing Scotland; Michael Lekakis, Clydesdale A.R.C; Alicia McMahon, Hotscots F.C.)

(G) Organising sport beyond binary gender categories (contributors confirmed include: Dr Sonja Erikainen, ESRC Research Fellow, University of Leeds; Francesca Snitjer, Executive & Equalities Officer, Scottish Athletics; Al Hopkins, Edinburgh Frontrunners)

14.45 Teabreak

15.00 Changing LGBTI+ Lives through Sport & Physical Activity sports panel - a discussion panel of Scottish sports bodies looking at the challenges, progress made and future plans around LGBTI+ inclusion in Scottish sport

15.45 Closing remarks

16.00 CLOSE

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