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Statement on LGBTIQ rights at FWC Qatar 2022

LGBTIQ+ rights and the FIFA Mens World Cup Qatar 2022 We are a grouping of organisations who support the rights of LGBTIQ+ persons. We have come together to highlight discrimination and exclusion against the LGBTIQ+ community particularly in relation to the FIFA Mens World Cup Qatar 2022. We support the rights of LGBTIQ+ persons and highlight articles 3 and 4 of the FIFA statutes on human rights and countering discrimination, and mention of the same within the joint sustainability strategy agreed between FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. People of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, [...]

2022-09-28T18:49:07+02:00Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 @ 18:49|Categories: 2022, Football|Tags: |0 Comments

Statement on FINA banning transgender athletes from women’s races

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Erika Patrikainen EGLSF General Secretary: EGLSF on FINA banning transgender athletes from women's elite races Last Sunday, FINA, the world governing body for swimming, voted to effectively ban transgender athletes from competing in women's elite races with the statement that “male-to-female transgender athletes …. are eligible to compete in the women’s category … if they can establish to FINA’s comfortable satisfaction that they have not experienced any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later.” Shortly afterwards, the International Rugby League (IRL) issued a statement [...]

2022-06-26T13:43:18+02:00Sunday, June 26th, 2022 @ 13:43|Categories: 2022, Advocacy, External, Press Release, Swimming|0 Comments

Briefing note: LGBTIQ+ rights and the FIFA Mens World Cup Qatar 2022

The FIFA Men’s World Cup Qatar 2022 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the state of Qatar to showcase its technical abilities and prowess to host the world’s most watched sports competition. A sport that reaches every corner of the world and can contribute to tolerance, human understanding and equality. In 2020 an international grouping of sixteen LGBTIQ+ led and focused organisations concerned about the lack of protections being offered to LGBTIQ+ people by FIFA and the host country organisers of the 2022 World Cup (the Qatar Supreme Committee (SC)) began to meet to define a series of questions about [...]

2022-03-31T20:06:09+02:00Thursday, March 31st, 2022 @ 20:06|Categories: 2022, Football|Tags: |0 Comments


PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Erika Patrikainen EGLSF General Secretary: The EGLSF announces the election of the new board. Amsterdam, The Netherlands (21 MARCH 2022) – On Sunday 20 March, the Annual General Assembly elected a new board member. The board welcomes new Board Member at Large, Noemie Fluxia from Panteres Grogues. The board now consists of: • Hugh Torrance, co-president, from LEAP Sports, Scotland • Sarah Townsend, co-president, from Fédération Sportive LGBT+, France • Erika Patrikainen, general secretary, from H.O.T., Finland • Edgar Castillo, treasurer, from Smashing Pink Amsterdam, Netherlands • Noemie Fluxia, board member, from [...]

2022-03-21T17:51:39+01:00Monday, March 21st, 2022 @ 17:51|Categories: 2022, AGA, External, Press Release|0 Comments


PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erika Patrikainen EGLSF General Secretary:   The EGLSF announces LYON, FRANCE as EUROGAMES 2025 Host City Amsterdam, The Netherlands (March 21, 2022) – On March 20, 2022, the EGLSF general assembly elected member clubs CARGO Lyon and Féderation Sportive LGBT+ and the city of Lyon, France as hosts for our EuroGames 2025. The bid cycle deadline for EuroGames 2025 closed in December 2021 at which time we had received two bids: London, UK / Out For Sport and Lyon, France / CARGO Lyon and Féderation Sportive LGBT+. Both cities presented extremely strong, [...]

2022-03-21T17:40:30+01:00Monday, March 21st, 2022 @ 17:40|Categories: 2022, EuroGames, Press Release|0 Comments