June usually marks the celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Pride in London and in many places around the world. Whilst the Pride in London parade was cancelled this year, Middlesex Cricket ran a series of interviews and content features to champion the equality and inclusion of LGBTQ+ people – not only… Continue reading Talking to Middlesex Cricket about LGBTQ+ Equality
For the sake of diversity, and a great game, it is time to get behind #Basketball in Britain
I had the privilege of spending Saturday evening with a packed crowd at London’s Copper Box watching Great Britain take on Greece in an international men’s basketball game. On the basis of their respective world rankings, and the quality of the players (a number of the Greeks are in NBA teams), this should have been… Continue reading For the sake of diversity, and a great game, it is time to get behind #Basketball in Britain
Pride in London – Advisory Board report questions organisers approach on diversity
“the current Pride organisers have failed to grasp the importance of diversity, nor of the intersectionalities that many LGBT+ people experience around race, gender, age, disability, and even their sexual orientation and identity”
Inclusion in Football: Fans must demand better of the FA
On the eve of one of the most important days in the history of women’s football in England, the game’s governing body is yet again mired in a discrimination related scandal. A Championship club chairman is facing an investigation for making racist and antisemitic statements whilst defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay, a manager… Continue reading Inclusion in Football: Fans must demand better of the FA
Football Governance: time for an independent commission
Speaking at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, I called for the establishment of an independent commission, representative of the whole game, to comprehensively review football’s governance to make it more effective, inclusive, and no longer subject to conflicting vested interests. Moving an amendment to the party’s policy on football, I focused my fire particularly on the FA… Continue reading Football Governance: time for an independent commission
FA dismissal: Edward Lord will still lead the way in UK sport
Letter of support which appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 23 September 2014 following my removal from the FA Inclusion Advisory Board. My thanks go to all those who signed it. SIR – Having known and worked with Edward Lord, the inclusion adviser dismissed by the Football Association last week, we are surprised by the FA’s… Continue reading FA dismissal: Edward Lord will still lead the way in UK sport
Football: Time for tougher sanctions on fans who discriminate and the clubs that tolerate them?
Channel 4’s Dispatches programme broadcast on Monday evening, which focused on racist, antisemitic, Islamaphobic, and homophobic conduct by fans of a number of English football clubs has inevitably resulted in many friends and colleagues expressing horror about this misbehaviour and the damage it does to the reputation of our national game. Moreover people have turned to… Continue reading Football: Time for tougher sanctions on fans who discriminate and the clubs that tolerate them?