Diverse Identities in Sport

Image Project Partners at kick-off meeting, Sofia Feb 2018

Diverse Identities in Sport was an original, exciting and dynamic multilateral European project which raised awareness of innovative and inclusive approaches to increasing participation and equal access in sport of those excluded as a result of their gender identity or sexual orientation. This project critically examined the access, participation and visibility of people within sport who identify in diverse ways, in particular looking at lesbian gay bisexual people, transgender people, intersex people, queer and non-binary and other gender non-conforming identities. The project involved people from the UK, Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria who have diverse identities who worked together as Action Panels to tell the stories of their relationship to sport. These stories were collated into a new documentary film resource by one of the partners, Civil Works, who are experts in multimedia publishing, storytelling and documentary film-making – ‘Game On: Queer disruptions in sport’  and it’s complimentary educational resource contributed towards principles of good practice. Activity Days in each of the participating countries brought people with diverse identities together with professionals who work in the field of sport to explore innovative approaches to social inclusion which also contributed to the good practice. This resource and the good practice principles were shared at a final dissemination conference, Sport Disrupted: Sex_uality Matters. This aimed to ensure understanding of the benefits of the social inclusion of involving people with diverse identities in sport, the importance of equal opportunities as it relates to those with diverse identities, and increased awareness of diverse identities. The project also empowered Action Panel members to re-engage in their relationship with sport by promoting the uptake of voluntary activities in sport and by engaging them with a sports movement.


Beyond2: Perspectives on hetero/homo normativity in sports

Narrowing the Margins