The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) has decided to focus its efforts on promoting LGBT issues in relation to sport in 2012. A range of activities are carried out, focusing on providing a fair access to sport for LGBTs (youth, athletes or volunteers) as well as using sport to facilitate the social inclusion of LGBTs. Over the years, EPAS has developed a programme to promote diversity in and through sport, combating discrimination in sport on several grounds, including on sexual orientation, and using sport towards a more inclusive society.
This means in practice, the dissemination of a handbook on good practices on LGBT Inclusion in Sport, the support and organisation of conferences and workshops that gather various stakeholders (ie. NGOs and governmental experts from member states as well as sport federations). EPAS also supports a youth training course organised by ENGSO-Youth to develop material for a campaign to tackle homophobia in sport.
EPAS / EGLSF conferences:
Speech by Maria Ochoa-Llido, Deputy to the Director of Human Rights and Anti-discrimination, Directorate General II (Democracy), Council of Europe,
The EPAS Consultative Committee gathers representatives from international federations and sports movements, including the European Gay & Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF).
The launching of the "Action Plan of Measures for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity" took place in Tirana, organized by the Albanian government, as part of the LGBT Project.
The Seminar on Police Training relating to LGBT issues, organized by the LGBT Project, took place in Budva and brought together the six partner countries of the Council of Europe LGBT Project: Council of Europe country coordinators, a representative from each Ministry of Interior, Heads of Police Training and relevant NGOs.
The start-up conference of the Council of Europe LGBT Project in Serbia took place in Belgrade and gathered national stakeholders working in the field of LGBT issues.