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the contribution of policy-makers, researchers and sports movements”

11 and 12 October 2012
Utrecht, The Netherlands


The EPAS co-organised a major event with the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation and the Council of Europe’s LGBT issues Unit, in co-operation with Utrecht University/School of Governance, Movisie and the Mulier Institute.
The conference was namely 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 revolved 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 was 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.