See the message below from the University of Sheffield…
Over the last few weeks we have seen an incredible showcase of sport in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, with Great Britain winning four medals.A total of 56 athletes competed in 11 sports making it the biggest contingent that Great Britain had sent to a Winter Olympic Games for twenty-six years.
However, behind the thrills and spills on the snow and ice, Russia’s recent anti-gay legislation remained a topic of conversation, with athletes and supporters alike raising their concerns as the games began.
Here at the University of Sheffield, we believe it is a great shame that anyone would feel alienated or unable to participate in sport because of their sexuality or gender identity.
The LGBT “Out In Sport” inclusivity pledge, jointly written by our LGBT students committee and Sports Committees was launched last year, and it would be great to see more support, from both staff and students.
Please consider signing your name to our Out in Sport pledge, showing support for our LGBT students in Sport:
“We pledge to promote inclusivity in University sport for LGBT students. We endorse the treatment of all participants with fairness, equality, respect, and dignity. LGBT students participating in our sport, whether as a competitor or spectator, will be treated in accordance with these values. We believe that there is no place for homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in University sport, and we will work to combat it. University sport is a privilege which all students have the right to enjoy. We’re all black and gold.”