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Sport must be a safe and inclusive environment for all - Ennis

14 December, 2017 - by Sinéad Ennis

Sinn Féin MLA Sinéad Ennis has said sport must be a safe and inclusive environment for all.  

The party’s spokesperson on culture, arts and sport was speaking after a study Forza Football in conjunction with the LGBT rights group Stonewall found that football fans north and south would be comfortable if a footballer came out as gay or bisexual.

Overall the survey which polled 50,000 football fans found that overall 76 percent of would welcome an openly gay player on their team.

Sinéad Ennis said:

“The survey from Stonewall and Forza Football shows that attitudes in society are changing, we need to ensure that sport must be a safe and inclusive environment for all.

“Equality and acceptance for all must be promoted and ensure that no lesbian, gay, bi or trans people feel excluded from taking part as a fan or teammate.

“Homophobia, biphobia or any other form of discrimination have no place in sport.

“Gender stereotyping, bullying and a lack of visible LGBT role models create barriers which prevent young people and adults from being themselves and trying new activities like sport.

“These barriers need to be broken down so that everyone can participate in sport in whatever form they choose either as a fan, player, manager or referee.”

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