Category Archives: LGBT

Josh Cavallo: ‘I’m a footballer and I’m gay,’ says Australian player

Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo has come out as gay, becoming the only current male professional footballer in the world to do so.

The 21-year-old wrote on social media that he was “ready to speak about something personal that I’m finally comfortable to talk about in my life”.

“I’m a footballer and I’m gay,” the midfielder said in an accompanying video.

“All I want to do is play football and be treated equally.” More

LGBT Sport Podcast at 200: Jessica Andrade, Gareth Thomas, Jack Dunne and other memorable episodes

There was the cricket match that made history. The 9/11 hero who inspired the world’s largest amateur rugby tournament. The Formula 1 world champion who spoke out as an LGBTQ+ ally. And the elite referee who shared his story publicly for the first time.

The LGBT Sport Podcast has covered all of those stories – and many, many more – over its 200 episodes. So picking out its most memorable moments is quite a challenge.

When we published our very first podcast on 25 September 2018, with a basic and only a general understanding of how to get episodes into a person’s feed, we weren’t sure how long we would be around for.

Yet in the three years since, we’ve covered a wealth of stories across more than 40 sports. More

First UK LGBT business champion appointed

The UK’s first LGBT business champion has pledged to build a bridge between the government and the LGBT community.

Iain Anderson, executive chairman of public relations firm Cicero, will focus on improving workplace equality at a small business level.

One CIPD report suggested 40% of LGBT employees had experienced conflict at work, rising to 55% of trans employees.

Earlier this year, the government’s LGBT advisory panel was disbanded after several members quit.

One, Jayne Ozanne, accused the government of creating a “hostile environment” for LGBT people.

The members left over the government’s handling of LGBT rights and amid claims it was “dragging its feet” on a pledge to ban so-called conversion therapy.

“I definitely see my role as a link between the LGBT community, government and business and I want to build a bridge between the three parties,” Mr Anderson said.

“If businesses see me, and in turn government, putting in place tangible ways to allow LGBT people to be themselves, they’ll understand that this is a priority area and do more about it.”

Mr Anderson, a Stonewall ambassador, was appointed to the new unpaid position by equalities minister Liz Truss. More

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – AUgust 2021

The Paralympics starts on 24 August and with that in mind we have chosen Lee Pearson as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

After discovering para-equestrian dressage whilst watching the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics on TV, Lee started riding and has gone on to win gold at every Paralympic Games since. He took the triple title (team, individual and freestyle) at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, 2004 Athens Paralympics and 2008 Beijing Paralympics, setting an equestrian world record by being unbeaten at three consecutive Paralympic Games.

In 2003, he became the first disabled person to have won a title at the British Dressage National Championships competing against non-disabled riders when he took the 2003 elementary restricted title.

Competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Lee came away with three medals, Team gold, Individual silver and bronze in the Grade Ib competition; 2015 saw him secure Team gold and two Individual silvers at the European Championships out in Deauville.

At Rio 2016, Lee’s career achievements were recognised when he was chosen to be the Paralympics GB flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony, leading the team into the Maracana at his fifth Games. 

Once competition got under way, Lee swiftly claimed the 13th Paralympic dressage medal of his career with a silver in the individual competition, scoring an impressive 74.103 on his horse Zion.  Lee’s fortunes changed in the individual freestyle test (Ib) where he went on to secure his eleventh Paralympic gold medal – his 14th of any colour.

Lee is a charity ambassador for the Donna Louise Hospice in Stoke and the Midlands Air Ambulance amongst others.

Awarded an MBE in 2001 and an OBE in 2005 in recognition of his monumental equestrian success and services to sport for the disabled; he then received a CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to equestrianism and disabled sport.

Lee’s achievements and contribution to equestrian sport was recognised when he was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours.

To find out more about Lee see here https://www.paralympic.org/lee-pearson

To find out more about the Paralympics see here

https://www.paralympic.org/tokyo-2020

Women’s Institute magazine features first trans woman cover star

The Women’s Institute is featuring a trans woman member on the cover of its magazine for the first time.

Petra Wenham, a member of Cake and Revolution WI in Suffolk, appears on the July/August issue of WI Life, the organisation’s membership magazine.

She said she felt “accepted and honoured” to be on a platform to raise awareness of transgender issues.

Cake and Revolution said Ms Wenham “deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated”. More

Congratulations to Vice-Chancellor Prof Jane Harrington named Stonewall Senior Champion of the Year, South West region

Jane’s work on LGBT inclusion at her previous university, the University of the West of England (UWE), was recognised at the Stonewall South West Regional Awards on 5 February. 6 February 2020 

Jane, who was recognised for her strong support for the LGBT community and LGBT staff and students, was delighted to receive the award and said:

I am proud of the work that I did as an LGBTQ+ ally which included bystander training for staff and student union societies. I feel very strongly that it is not up to individuals to have to defend themselves but it is our collective responsibility to not be bystanders.

Congratulations Jane from everyone at Greenwich.