In order to abolish discrimination against LGBT people in sports EGLSF is doing lobby work within the Council of Europe. As an official NGO we enjoy participatory status with the CoE

The results of EGLSF efforts at the Council of Europe are:

  • Official Statement of CoE sportministers on Sport and Fair Play & Tolerance (with for the first time ever) including recognition of the combat against discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation within sport. (Nicosia, 27 Apr 2001)
  • Approved CoE motion for a recommendation on homophobia in sport.
  • Official Report on homophobia in sport by the Parliamentary Assembly CoE, including Recommendations.
  • Decision by the Committee of Ministers on the Recommendations.
  • Further the EGLSF is working as a core-partner of Football Against Racism Europe (FARE) to tackle discrimination and homophobia in football.

Our history of advocay work

Discrimination is regrettably still a common problem within the gay and lesbian sport community.
In October 1994 the EGLSF published: "A Documentation on the Discrimination of Gays and Lesbians in Sports". In this report a total of 25 examples of discrimination were outlined. The range of discrimination varies from excluding gay and lesbian athletes from participating in sports events to open, or hidden violence, mobbing and psychological pressure.

Since then many additional cases have been reported. These cases were published in an update of the document called “"Off Side"” in 1999. It was presented at the Building Bridges conference in The Hague.

“Offside” was distributed to all sport federations, the European Committee, the European Parliament, the European Council in Strasbourg and the organisers of the European Conference on Sport and Tolerance. One of the EGLSF’s main tasks is to put its finger on those cases of discrimination and homophobia and to raise awareness on this important issue in the world of sports.

The EGLSF lobbies for setting and acknowledging the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender in sports and therefore strives to be involved in all international declarations or agreements to fight discrimination of all sorts and against anyone, no matter whether he or she is gay, bi- or heterosexual.