by timpickstone on 15 March, 2011
It was great to see (Lib Dem) Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone in Manchester this week and for her to take the opportunity to launch a new Government campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in sport.
Lynne was opening the new offices and support centre of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester.
Major sports organisations, such as the Football Association, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Rugby Football League, have signed up to a Charter for Action in which they pledge to make sport a welcome place for everyone.
Commenting, Lynne Featherstone said:
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â€œSport is still seen by many as an institution where there are barriers we have yet to tear down, because there are so few openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who feel comfortable on the field.
â€œProfessional sports have the ability to change attitudes, on the field as well as in society. That is why it is important we break through this last remaining taboo and tackle it head on so that LGBT people feel welcome in all sports.
â€œThe Liberal Democrats have long pledged to tackle prejudice everywhere and todayâ€™s launch of the Charter for Action is an important step in ensuring in sport, homophobic prejudices become a thing of the past.â€