Homophobia: Sports

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on homophobia and transphobia in sports.

Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Minister for Women and Equalities, The Secretary of State for the Home Department

I and the Minister for Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, have spoken regularly with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport. On 5 March 2011, the Government launched the Charter for Action to deliver progress on this agenda. Both Departments are now working on its implementation.

Most recently, on 22 February 2012, the Minister for Equalities attended a No. 10 summit on tackling discrimination in football chaired by the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend Mr Hunt, attended by the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, my hon. Friend Hugh Robertson. The summit included discussion of plans to tackle homophobia and transphobia in the game. Both Departments continue to work closely together to take forward this work.

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