Thursday, 2 February 2012

Sexuality in sport debate kicks off LGBT History Month at MediaCityUK

Leading figures from the worlds of sport and media will debate the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in sports journalism when the University of Salford launches its annual celebration of LGBT History Month on Thursday 2 February at its MediaCityUK building.

Guests taking part in Sports Media and Sexuality: A Panel Discussion will include basketball star Jon Amaechi, who grew up in Stockport and was the first NBA player to come out; former BBC commentator and sports reporter Bob Ballard; Sarah Williams, Equality & Diversity Manager for the Rugby Football League; Claire Harvey, Paralympian sitting volleyball player; Chris Noble MBE, Director at Sheffield Eagles RLFC; and Dave Randles, sports journalist and University of Salford lecturer.

They will tackle subjects such as the portrayal of LGBT sportspeople in the media, whether sporting organisations are taking the issue of homophobia seriously enough, and the effect of professional athletes coming out on participation in grassroots sport.

The event will mark the start of a programme of LGBT History Month events being hosted by the University throughout February.

On The Fringes, a storytelling workshop led by writer Michelle Green, will take place on Tuesday 7 February, giving attendees the opportunity to explore untold stories with a focus on the experience of being on the fringe of mainstream LGBT discourse.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation will host a pub quiz at Bar Yours in the University Students’ Union building on Friday 17 February and celebrations will come to a close on Wednesday 29 February with a unique performance by the Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus, which has toured internationally and won the Silver Medal in the 2009 World OutGames in Copenhagen.

Professor Martin Hall, University of Salford Vice-Chancellor, said: “This is a great celebration of talent, and we’re proud to be associated with LGBT History Month for the third consecutive year.”

The events are open to the public and for more information, including details on times and venues and how to register, visit

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