Proud Doonhamers: “It will get that visibility out there as well for local people to see that other gay people do exist where they live.”

When Queen of the South hosted Edinburgh in the Scottish League One yesterday afternoon, there was an extra visitor in the Palmerston Park terraces – a pride flag. It is the brainchild of the newly-formed LGBTQIA+ supporters' group Proud Doonhamers, which got up and running just a couple of months ago in November. A Facebook …

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Geff Parsons: “We should, in fact, be celebrated, rather than just tolerated or accepted.”

Inclusion has been a constant thread through Geff Parsons' life – and sport has been no different. Admittedly, it was not always through an LGBTQIA+ lens, as Parsons did not come out as gay until he was 28. That meant that his love of sport, and tennis in particular, stretches back far longer than acceptance …

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Rally: “Sport is just an incredible force, and especially within our community I think it deserves all the attention.”

Although preferring solo sports, Duncan Campbell still wanted a way to be part of a community in sport. Based in Barcelona, he had no lack of opportunities to go running, cycling, hiking or climbing, and where possible he would invite friends along. One of those occasions turned into a "big gay hike" as numbers reached …

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Seen & Heard: “I find it really powerful when people see my story and my experience as something that has helped them.”

Seen & Heard is a podcast series hosted by Pride of the Terraces, created in association with LEAP Sports Scotland, Scottish Women in Sport and Scottish Disability Sport. Across the five episodes a variety of topics are discussed, from accessibility of sport in the first instance right through to the impact of global events like …

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Steve Gillies: “If it means that more people start playing, then I’m happy to open myself up for whatever.”

The summer of 2021 saw history made in cricket as the first ever match between two inclusive clubs took place – and the effects of that day are still being felt now. Steve Gillies was one of the players lining up for the Birmingham Unicorns against London outfit Graces, who for two decades had been …

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Dirk Smith: “As much as sport kind of kicked me out, it was also the thing that saved me.”

When Dirk Smith is coaching athletes, he approaches it from a place of knowing exactly what it is like to lose all motivation. Smith wears many hats. He is a personal trainer, he works with a football team in Germany, he is an avid swimmer and he is also an academic in sports psychology. Dirk …

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Colin Arthur: “It’s nice to know that people can look at me and see that you can feel open and safe.”

There is a well-established inclusive rugby scene in Scotland, but not everyone chooses to go down that route. Clubs like Caledonian Thebans, Glasgow Raptors and Aberdeen Taexali are spaces to encourage people into the game, while still being competitive in their own right. However, if you want to get to the top of the Scottish …

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Sam Abdulla: “I’d had the best time and I can remember it viscerally, and then I felt like it had been taken away from me.”

Sam Abdulla is proof of the impact inclusive clubs can have on someone’s life. Now chair of the Caledonian Thebans Rugby Club in Edinburgh, the Welshman returned to the sport after over 15 years in Scotland’s capital city having been driven out of the sport as a youngster. Rugby is part of the culture in …

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Adam Crafton: “If you’re not emotionally engaged and invested, I don’t know if you should really be doing it.”

There are not many journalists out there who have written such unique articles at the intersection of LGBTQIA+ and sport as Adam Crafton. The Athletic's writer has popped up several times over the last couple of years with in-depth features, including pieces on the life – not the death – of Justin Fashanu, what it's …

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Anita Asante: “Football is supposed to be a beacon that brings people from all sorts of walks of life and backgrounds into one shared space.”

For some professional athletes, retirement is an opportunity to take a breath, look around and figure out what the next steps look like. That was not the case for footballer Anita Asante, though, who has barely had a chance to blink since announcing she was hanging up her boots in April, bringing a 19-year playing …

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