The Sports Charter calls for anyone and everyone with a sporting interest or involvement to unite and tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.
We launched the Sports Charter in March 2011 with the backing of five major sporting bodies and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Now, over a year later, the Charter has gained support from all over the UK, and has over 3,300 signatories.
1) We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport –
whoever they are and whatever their background.
2) We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches
individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment,
and brings people together with a common goal.
3) We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia.
4) We will make sport a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in sport,
those attending sporting events and for those working or volunteering in sports at any
level. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.
Supporting the Sports Charter
To date over 3,300 sporting bodies, clubs, professional athletes, celebrities and sports fans have signed the Sports Charter and committed to taking action.
Signatories include Billie Jean-King, Ben Cohen, Martina Navratilova, Gareth Thomas, Stephen Fry and David Furnish.
On 2 February 2012, the Charter received a boost when every football club in the Premier League signed up, followed on 28 February by the Football League, which represents 72 professional clubs in England and Wales.
All these clubs are fully committed to challenging discrimination and working to rid footaball of homophobic and transphobic abuse, both in the stands and on the field.
A full list of the organisations, sports stars and celebrities that have backed the Charter is now available HERE..
How to sign the Sports Charter
To show your support for the Sports Charter you can visit and 'like' the I love sport but I hate homophobia and transphobia Facebook page, We'll update the growing list of signatories every few months.
Turning committment into action
You can help spread the message that discrimination of any kind has no place in sport by letting your teams, players and fans know what you are doing to tackle homophobia and transphobia.
The communications toolkit includes a number of resources to help you demonstrate this: