Students at Bradford College have been encouraged to recognise and challenge any form of prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity in sport.

The issue of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport was the subject of workshops and an exhibition in college as part of LGBT History Month, which runs throughout February.

Lindsay England, the founder of LGBT+ campaign organisation Just a Ball Game, led a series of group discussions with students to raise awareness of the issues faced by LGBT+ people in football and other sports and to consider how sport can become more inclusive and diverse.

Keen Bradford City fan Lindsay said: “Hopefully the students took from the session the fact that homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse in sport affects everyone, not just the LGBT+ community and that they felt empowered to tackle any prejudice or discrimination they may come across in the future.”

Just a Ball Game provides interactive, open, frank workshops that look at what it means to be LGBT+ in real life terms, and to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in the sporting arena and discuss the damaging impact and effect of homophobia/biphobia/transphobia in sport, which also impact negatively on work to eradicate sexism in sport.

Photo shows Lindsay England of Just A Ball Game with the exhibition

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