Jamie Bowie: “Everyone was talking about the Commonwealth Games, being involved or going to go see it. It really was a huge thing.”

In the weeks leading up to a major international competition like the Commonwealth Games, plenty of different thoughts and emotions will be going through athletes' minds. Retired Great Britain sprinter Jamie Bowie knows exactly what that feels like. He ran in Team GB colours at European and World Championships, winning a silver medal in 2014 …

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Lloyd Wilson: “The amount of footballers that messaged me, and the amount of fans of clubs that have messaged me – it’s just absolutely incredible.”

It has been a historic spell for LGBTQIA+ representation in men's football. An argument could be made that it stretches back to Josh Cavallo becoming the only openly gay male player in a top division around the world last October. Then, last month, Jake Daniels became the first professional player in the UK men's game …

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Ian Fitzpatrick: “This shouldn’t just be a box ticking exercise. What we’ve done is good, and definitely supported, but let’s see what else we can do.”

Scottish football history was made last week when two referees, Craig Napier and Lloyd Wilson, came out as gay. It is the first time since 1994, when Justin Fashanu was turning out for Hearts, that there has been representation of the LGBTQIA+ community on the pitch in the men's game in Scotland. However, while undoubtedly …

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Kate Jayden: “Just because you can’t change the world, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and change somebody’s world.”

Not many people have achieved a world record, and even fewer would say that the record was no more than a vehicle for putting their message out there, but that is exactly what Kate Jayden would say about their latest achievement. The Great Britain age group triathlete put away their bike and swimming gear to …

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Sirri Rånes: “I was able to feel that gut wrenching pain of what it feels like to be excluded, to be deemed as less and unworthy. I didn’t want anyone else to ever feel that.”

From a very early age, Sirri Rånes became aware that sport was rife with inequality – and that has gone on to inspire the path she would take as a career. Rånes currently plays rugby and recreational football, but it was not always that way. Football was her first love, with rugby not properly coming …

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Glasgow Raptors and Aberdeen Taexali to enter Bingham Cup

The Bingham Cup is the biggest inclusive rugby tournament in the world. Named after Mark Bingham, an American rugby player who helped found the Gotham Knights but died on one of the planes involved in the 9/11 attacks after fighting on-board with the hijackers, this year is the 20th anniversary of the first edition of …

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Glasgow West FC: “We’re trying to break the mould, but we have to go and jump through these hoops.”

Over the last few years, there has been a shift among clubs targeting the LGBTQIA+ community away from the term ‘LGBT+ clubs’ towards ‘inclusive clubs’. This has happened for a variety of reasons, not in the least because many of the clubs are not exclusively LGBTQIA+. They also cater for straight allies, and there has …

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Alex Kay-Jelski: “Who I’m married to, who I’m in a relationship with, who I’m attracted to didn’t affect my ability to do the job and it was never going to.”

There are not too many people that can legitimately claim to have been the first to do something – but Alex Kay-Jelski does not set any real store in his place in history. Currently the editor-in-chief at The Athletic, Key-Jelski started his career at the Daily Mail where he eventually became the first out gay …

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Bruce Mouat: “In an ideal world, it would obviously be held in a place that didn’t have these issues, but as an athlete I want to come away with an Olympic medal.”

For Bruce Mouat, the upcoming Winter Olympics is the culmination of a lifetime of hard work. The most successful curler in the world in 2021 is already in Beijing for the Games, which will start for Mouat on Wednesday before the opening ceremony even takes place. It is set to be a busy, and history …

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Extra Time 6 with Pride of the Terraces

A common idea when discussing progress for the LGBTQIA+ community is that things are changing generation by generation. There is definitely evidence to suggest young people are more likely to identify as LGBTQIA+ than before, despite the also increasing levels of anti-trans sentiment in particular across various different outlets. That is a sign of the …

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