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7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

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26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

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13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

UK Home Office reports on survey of parents' attitudes to homophobia at sporting events

Gareth Thomas, PM David Cameron, Ben Cohen, and Gay Games Ambassador
Billie Jean King at 10 Downing Street reception earlier this year
From the UK Home Office:

Survey results out today show almost 70 per cent of parents are concerned about their children hearing homophobic abuse at sporting events and most would take action to tackle the issue.

The Ivillage.co.uk (Opens in a new window) survey, run in partnership with the Home Office, asked visitors to the site to answer a number of questions about how they would react if faced with homophobic abuse at sports events.

Participants were presented with a range of options and asked what they would be most likely to do if they heard other fans using homophobic slurs.

Almost a third said they would ask anyone they heard using abusive language to stop, a quarter would report the abuse to a steward and just over a fifth would move seats or leave the event.

The concern indicated by parents in the survey suggests that there is strong support for putting an end to anti-gay harassment in sport.

Charter for action

Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone said: 'It is encouraging to hear that so many sports fans want to tackle homophobia in sport.

'Fans and clubs have already successfully kicked racism out of sport and now it's time for the same thing to happen with homophobic and transphobic abuse.

'Anyone who loves sport should sign the government charter for action on Facebook and commit to kicking homophobia and transphobia out of sport for good.'

The government charter for action commits signatories to challenge discrimination and work to rid sport of homophobic and transphobic abuse both on the stands and in the field, so that everyone can take part in and enjoy sport.

To support the campaign and sign up to the charter for action 'like' the Facebook page.

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