Trans Active: “We can really make it a celebratory space rather than one that’s awkward.”

There seems to be an ever-rising wave of abuse targeted at the transgender community, and sport is not immune. As human rights come under threat and the ability to exist in peace gets "debated" with increasing vitriol, bans have come into place to prevent trans people taking part in sport. In the US, laws have …

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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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Robyn Love: “I didn’t want people to see a difference. I wanted them to see me as better.”

Robyn Love is no stranger to creating social media storms. When the Paralympian in wheelchair basketball announced her engagement to teammate Laurie Williams back in February 2020, the post went viral and the pair were featured on a number of international news outlets. Fast forward two-and-a-half years to this week, and there was another reason …

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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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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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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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