Sport Disrupted: Sex_uality Matters


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conference at Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, October 30-31, 2019

Sport is about performance only, so sports organisations claim, and sports policies promote sports for all. Yet, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) still affect participation. Grassroots and nonprofit LGBTIQ initiatives, activist athletes, sports policy makers and social scientists will discussed:

- effects of sports gender binary and heteronormativity on amateur and professional athletes

- consequences of homophobia / transphobia / interphobia on the daily lives of amateurs and professionals

- sport as tool for empowering LBGTIQ people

- visions and possibilities for an inclusive and non-binary sports world

- challenges for and the meaning of fair competition

- lessons to learn from non-binary grass roots sports and LGBTIQ projects

This conference addresses the role of SOGIESC in sports in the light of current restrictions on human rights and in hope of a more inclusive future. The conference is a cooperation of DISCOVER FOOTBALL, Bilitis (Bulgaria), LEAP Scotland (UK) and Civil Works (Ungary) and is framed by the Erasmus+ project "Diverse Identities in Sports" as well as the Dreilinden foundation.

The conference followed a Donor Post-conference in cooperation with the Global Philanthropy Project on November 1, 2019.