Work started this month on a paper titled The Relevance of LGBT Sport in the 21st Century.
The project is spearheaded by Gay and Lesbian Sporting Association (GLISA) co-president Julia Applegate and will give an overview of the gay and lesbian organised sport movement, encompassing the history of major events like the Gay Games and World Outgames.
It will discuss wider advances in gay rights across the world, and examine the role that gay sporting organisations and teams might play in a ‘post-gay’ world, a concept Applegate concedes is “still not relevant in 95 percent of the world”.
The paper will look at the extent to which homophobia and discrimination in the ‘mainstream’ sporting world negatively affect athletes’ desire to play their chosen sport in a safe atmosphere. It will also discuss what organisations like GLISA can offer the global queer community.
With a goal of making a draft available by September, the final paper is planned to be presented at the International Lesbian and Gay Association World Conference in December.
The project is not closed, and Applegate is seeking views from many different sources. If you’re interested in participating, email

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