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 LGBT Issues Unit attends these roundtables as a member of the Informal Network of Focal Points and brings the Coordinators from our partner countries. It is generally the occasion to add a meeting between the LGBT Project and its Coordinators on the latest stage of our work together.
The UNHCR and the Council of Europe will organise a conference in Rome, Italy, to review the assessment of LGBT asylum claims. Participants from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have been invited.
24/7 Unicorn conference on LGBT diversity in the workplace and Sticks & Stones career fair
The Sticks & Stones career fair is an annual event where businesses encourage employment of LGBT people. The LGBT Project will attend this event and the related conference the day before. The Project has invited their project countries to send relevant persons as well, and is organising a ‘Meet & Great’ side event for guests from project countries and business representatives from the same countries.