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Conference
“UNITED AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORTS :
the contribution of policy-makers, researchers and sports movements”

11 and 12 October 2012
Utrecht, The Netherlands

   

The EPAS is co-organising a major event with the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation, the Council of Europe’s LGBT issues Unit, and in co-operation with Utrecht University/School of Governance, Movisie and the Mulier Institute.
The conference will namely be opened by Mrs Edith Ingeborg Schippers, the Dutch Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, and Ms Filloreta Kodra, Deputy Minister of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. It will revolve around interactive workshops grouping together different stakeholders on themes such as the safety of LGBT athletes, attitudes of supporters in stadiums, possibility for “same-sex” couples to participate together in certain sporting disciplines, and the integration of transgender athletes in recreational and competitive sport.  The aim is to take stock of the overall situation regarding homophobia and transphobia in and through sport, to look at activities and projects being run by the various parties and to see their impact, in particular, on young people.
The organisers of the conference hope it will come up with avenues to be further explored, in order to make the fight against LGBT discrimination in sport more efficient and to allow LGBT athletes to carry out their sport in an unrestricted and safe way.
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