Scotland’s annual queer sports festival is back with a bigger and better range of events than ever before!
Over 60 events are planned all over the country for LEAP Sports ‘Festival Fortnight’, with something for everyone to enjoy from 17th to 30th June, and the full programme is out now.
The aim of the festival is to ensure everyone feels comfortable to be their authentic self in the sport they play, offering a chance to breakdown harmful stereotypes which may prevent some LGBT+ people being out in sport or from taking part at all.
A recent survey of over 5,500 LGBT people across Europe showed that 9 out of 10 people felt homophobia and transphobia was a problem in sport. The festival offers a range of sporting, cultural, academic, social and recreational activities to enjoy, with more than 1,000 participants during 2018.
Sirri Topping of festival organisers, LEAP Sports Scotland, told us:
Festival Fortnight is crucial in breaking down barriers for LGBTI people in sport, alongside our excellent partners, we believe we have created an exciting programme of events which does just that. However, the aims of the festival will only be realised if people know about it and take part. For this reason, we’re calling on the public to spread the word and get involved!”
Events already confirmed in the 2019 programme include a touch rugby session with the new Aberdeen Taexali team, a taster session from Perth Parrots new floor ball squad and even an LGBTI pool party for young people in Falkirk!