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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Zander Murray: “There’s zero hiding anymore, just me and my organic self that I should have been a long time ago.”

Zander Murray has become the first male Scottish professional football player to come out as gay. The 30-year-old joins the list of people within the British game to have publicly announced their sexuality this year, following the likes of Blackpool teenager Jake Daniels and Scottish referees Craig Napier and Lloyd Wilson. Murray, who broke Gala …

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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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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 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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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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Stuart Bonner: “There are people at the club who credit Saltire with saving their life.”

With the Rainbow Laces campaign once again throwing LGBTQIA+ inclusion in elite sport, specifically men's football, into the spotlight it is only right to give those working for inclusive spaces year-round a platform. At Glasgow's inclusive football club Saltire Thistle, though, the last couple of weeks have been a frustrating time after their players were …

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LEAP Sports Scotland announce inaugural Qeltic Games to be held in Perth in 2023

LEAP Sports Scotland have announced the launch of the Qeltic Games - a new grassroots multisport tournament which will bring together LGBTQIA+ sports teams, athletes and allies from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The first edition of the Games will take place in Perth on August 25-27 2023, alongside Perthshire Pride …

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