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Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th September 2014.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what targets the Government has set for tackling homophobia in sports; and what steps have been taken to achieve those targets in the last 12 months.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Although the Government does not set specific targets for tackling homophobia in sports, all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) are expected to demonstrate equality in sport and many support specific programmes such as the FA with its “Football’s for Everyone” anti-discrimination plan. The Government is committed to ensuring this expectation of equality is upheld and in March 2011 called for an end to homophobia and transphobia in sport with the launch of Tackling homophobia in sport: The Charter for Action.

Since then over 40 NGBs and approximately 4,000 sports stars, fans and clubs from across the sporting world, including all professional football clubs, have signed up to the Charter.

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