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One World Event Statement

The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation demands that the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association return to the negotiating table to plan One World Event in 2022.

The EGLSF has learned with dismay that the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and the Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA) are no longer in discussions to plan a single world sports, cultural and human rights event in 2022 together, instead of holding separate Gay Games and World OutGames in successive years.

While both FGG and GLISA have publicly accused the other of being the guilty party in the breakdown, EGLSF demands that differences […]

Monday, April 4th, 2016 @ 15:48|Categories: News|0 Comments
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Manchester United FC u17 Centre of Excellence player Emily Ramsey signs as youngest ever Patron of JUST A BALL GAME?

For a number of years now Just A Ball Game? (JBG?) have been proud to build on an LGBT/ straight alliance and we are very excited to announce our youngest ever Patron and straight ally in Emily Ramsey.

At 15 years old Emily plays Goalkeeper for Manchester United u17 Centre of Excellence team and is also a current England u16 squad member after making her debut against Germany in November 2015 at St. George’s Park. Playing the game is not the only talent the young Lioness has, Emily also qualified in 2015 as a referee.

Emily had this to say about joining […]

Friday, March 18th, 2016 @ 13:31|Categories: 2016, 2016, Press Release, Sport|0 Comments


Tackling Homophobia and Promoting Anti-Discrimination around Major Sport Events
Since January 2016, The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation has been a partner in the project QUEERING FOOTBALL.

From January 2016 till the end of 2017, this European project seeks to challenge homophobia in football and aims at establishing an inclusive football culture and anti-discrimination standards at major sport events.

About Queering Football
Homophobia – prejudices and violence against LGBTIQs* – is still one of the main and untackled problems in European football. Homophobic chants and physical attacks as well as ignorance and exclusion still happen on a daily basis.

With Queering Football […]

Friday, March 11th, 2016 @ 11:16|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments
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EGLSF Announces the Election of the New Board

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Ryan
EGLSF General Secretary:

The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation announces the election of the new board.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands (10 MARCH 2016) – On Sunday 06 March, the Annual General Assembly elected new board members.

The board now consists of:

• Paul Brummitt, co-president, from Pan Idræt Copenhagen (DK)
• Annette Wachter, co-president, from SC Janus, Cologne (DE)
• John Ryan, general secretary, from Nat Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
• Edwin Westenberg, treasurer, from Ketelbinkie, Rotterdam (NL)
• Sarah Townsend, board member, from Fédération sportive gaie et lesbienne, (FR)
• Diana van den Born, board member, from Smashing Pink, Amsterdam (NL)

The board would like to thank […]

Thursday, March 10th, 2016 @ 9:32|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments
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QFF 18th International Conference

January 2016, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

The EGLSF was represented at the 18th International QFF Conference in Gelsenkirchen. The conference was hosted by Andersum at Schalke 04 which was attended by more than 100 delegates from Germany, Switzerland, UK, and The Netherlands.

On the Friday evening the response from FIFA was discussed along with the “Good Practise Guide” and how FIFA were not addressing anti-discrimination measures which are clearly present in their guide.

Saturday morning consisted of many workshops, and the EGLSF was represented in the “Planning Actions” stream. From the Zurich meeting it was decided that the 3 main priorities for the QFF to […]

Friday, February 5th, 2016 @ 16:49|Categories: News|0 Comments