Ben Watkiss: “People are still maybe a bit fearful of crossing the line, so they just don’t address it at all.”

Examples of LGBT+ people working in men's professional football are few and far between. There are some as you go further down the tiers, with professional referee Ryan Atkin and eighth-tier side Ashford Town's manager Luke Tuffs just two vocal advocates, but between the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs it is extremely rare …

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Matt Hall: “I doubted myself, and I believed that I couldn’t go on.”

The Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 marked the first time that a Pride House was organised in conjunction with an international multi-sport event. Since then, it has become a regular part of major sporting events, with Pride Houses in place at the London Olympics in 2012, football's World Cup in Brazil in 2014, and the …

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Ibrox Pride: “It has much more power than people will give it credit for, seeing people standing up.”

Rainbow Laces has given the sporting community – and football in particular – a chance to show their support for LGBT+ people. The message has by and large been one of acceptance and inclusion, with more high-profile messages and interviews being done by allies than ever before. Throughout the rest of the year, positive reinforcement …

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Rainbow Laces – Ross County: “We can’t keep hiding behind ‘that’s just what happens in football’, because every other walk of life has changed.”

Ross County pride themselves on being a club for their local community. Based in Dingwall, home to around 5500 people in the Highlands, having a team in the top flight of the Scottish leagues is a point of pride for the town. Often the lifeblood of the local area, the Staggies rely on their fanbase …

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Extra Time 3 with Pride of the Terraces

Trans inclusion in sport has come under a renewed microscope in 2020. World Rugby’s controversial stance that led to them implementing a ban on trans women taking part in the sport came in for serious criticism, with the RFU deciding not to adopt the policy and other nations conducting research in order to make a …

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Blair Hamilton: “The more trans is visible, the more it is socially acceptable.”

As a young child, Blair Hamilton hated football – making it quite ironic that for most of her life since then she has played it. Her father would take her to games and she would hate the noise of the crowd, but as she got older she began playing and fell in love with the …

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Amazin LeThi: “I’m far more successful now being who I am, standing in my truth, than I would have ever been if I hid.”

Amazin LeThi has a unique story in several different ways, but her latest challenge sees her enter a sporting world that even she never imagined she would be a part of. Born in Vietnam but growing up in Australia, the champion bodybuilder has always been used to being different. Being a young girl who enjoyed …

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