Kirsty Gilmour: “It’s no skin off my nose, I’m just living my life and being me, so if some other person takes a little bit of comfort in that and we can all live a nicer, more open life, then that’s a good thing.”

From the age of four, it was difficult to get a badminton racquet out of Kirsty Gilmour's hands. Realistically, there was never any doubt she would go on to become a professional. Growing up in a family of badminton players, she went to Glasgow's school of sport to combine training and playing with her studies, …

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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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Jonathan MacBride: “I love seeing people be confident with who they are, and be happy and open with who they are.”

For some, there is a particular moment in their life that they can pinpoint as being when they decided to speak out about what they were passionate about, and what they believe in. For Jonathan MacBride, it was the exact opposite. Organising and advocating only ever seemed like a natural progression. Much of what MacBride …

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Extra Time 4 with Pride of the Terraces

A prevalent theme for underrepresented communities in sport is that you can’t be what you can’t see. It is a refrain often repeated in women’s sport, football especially, but it is just as true for the LGBT+ community. It was particularly pleasing, therefore, to see such a prominence of articles across several media outlets for …

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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.