This year’s CHANNEL Islands Pride celebrations will see ‘Pride in Sport’ launching for the first time in the islands. Local sports teams, personalities and sporting events will be joining together to help tackle the problem of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport, showing support for LGBTQ+ equality and diversity by wearing rainbow laces and rainbow sweatbands.
Sponsored by EY and supported by the Sports Commission, the event intends to raise awareness and understanding of homophobia and practices which discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in sport.
Our sports personalities are role models for a lot of people. Having the island sports teams and events ‘come out’ in a visible show of support for Pride sends a strong message of inclusion to and for everyone. We still live in a world where there isn’t one openly gay professional footballer, due to the perceived homophobia in sport. It’s hard to explain to people how much events like Pride in Sport can help people become more comfortable in being themselves in all areas of their lives. For an LGBTQ+ person, knowing that if they come out, they will be supported by their team and their supporters, has an immeasurable impact on someone’s mental health and wellbeing.
In the days surrounding Pride we will see many teams joining the Pride in Sport campaign, including Guernsey Rugby in their first home match of the season, the Triathlon race, the golf inter insular (in Jersey), athletics track and field competition, the MIND 10k race, sand racing at Vazon, a full priaulx football programme of four matches, and various events with Try-a-Tri.
If your sports team or event would like to join Pride in Sport please get in touch with Liberate via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share pictures of you wearing your 'rainbow' with pride for Channel Islands Pride week with @EY_CareersCI and @ChannelIslandsPride using the hashtags #StrongerTogether and #PrideinSport