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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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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Pride Active Conversations: “You can’t just step in there and say you’re a female and compete if you haven’t transitioned.”

It has been five weeks since LEAP Sports Scotland launched their Pride Active Conversations series, with special guests Philippa York, John Dickinson-Lilley, Beth Allen, Amy McDonald and Callum Skinner completing the line up for the first batch of interviews. Cyclist York, formerly the UK’s most successful athlete ever in the sport as Robert Millar, was …

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Ian Pearson: “Sport saved my life. I feel like I’ve been trying to give back ever since.”

As a tennis coach in Newcastle and chair of the United With Pride LGBT+ supporters' group, Ian Pearson has a range of experiences in sport. It was a saving grace for him in his younger years when struggling with his mental health, but he has turned that battle into a passion to strive to make sure things are better for future generations.