Engage Super League clubs have today showed their support for the government’s ‘Tackling Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport’ campaign by signing The Charter for Action, which aims to make sport a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
The charter aims to promote qualities such as fairness and equality, respect and dignity within all aspects of the sporting environment, from fans to players, so that all sports can be free of any homophobic or transphobic abuse.
The clubs have joined the sport’s governing body, the RFL, by signing the charter and showing their commitment to help eradicate discrimination at all levels.
“At the RFL we are committed to eradicating all traces of discrimination from our sport,” said RFL Chairman Richard Lewis. “The RFL is proud to have shown our commitment to ending homophobia and transphobia in sport by signing the LGBT charter and by continuing to work hard we can all come together to tackle this issue and kick all forms of discrimination in sport into touch.
“The challenge for us now is not to rest on our laurels but to keep developing our entire equality and diversity programmes and continue the impressive progress we have made in recent years.”
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “Sport should be about what you can do, not who you are. But too many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people feel that the sports field is not somewhere they can be themselves, and that prejudice and discrimination will mean their sexuality is always talked about more than their ability with a ball, bat or racket.
“Homophobia and transphobia has no place in sport and I’m delighted that so many sporting bodies are backing our campaign to stamp it out at all levels, from local parks to Olympic stadiums.”