Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, yesterday launched a new Government campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in sport.
Major sports organisations, such as the Football Association, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Rugby Football League, have signed up to a Charter for Action in which they pledge to make sport a welcome place for everyone.
Commenting yesterday, Lynne Featherstone said:
“Sport is still seen by many as an institution where there are barriers we have yet to tear down, because there are so few openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who feel comfortable on the field.
“Professional sports have the ability to change attitudes, on the field as well as in society. That is why it is important we break through this last remaining taboo and tackle it head on so that LGBT people feel welcome in all sports.
“The Liberal Democrats have long pledged to tackle prejudice everywhere and today’s launch of the Charter for Action is an important step in ensuring in sport, homophobic prejudices become a thing of the past.”
You can show your support for the campaign by signing up to the Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/lgbtsportcharter