Saturday , 28 May 2022

Glasgow hosts European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation General Assembly



For the first time in its 28 year history, the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) congregated in Scotland this week for its annual full members’ meeting.

There were updates from the organisers of EuroGames Helsinki 2016, World Out Games Miami 2017, and Gay Games Paris 2018. Amongst the many decisions taken during the Assembly was that the EuroGames 2019 will be hosted in Rome.

As well as the 2 day Assembly, delegates were welcomed to Glasgow by Baillie Razaq at a Civic Ceremony at Glasgow City Chambers, treated to entertainment by some local performers at a Culture Lounge at Strathclyde Student Union, and had a social dinner at the National Piping Centre where some tried playing the pipes and ceilidh dancing.

Speaking on behalf of the EGLSF board, John Ryan said: “The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation would like to thank LEAP Sports Scotland for their outstanding hard work and dedication during the Diversities in Sports Conference and for hosting our Annual General Assembly.

“Our three days in Glasgow proved to be an incredible learning experience. The conference highlighted the general lack of awareness of the issues that transgender people face in sport but we have left with the tools to face these challenges. The EGLSF is determined to highlight these issues with our members so we can all be more informed about the struggles our community faces”.

Handing over from Glasgow 2016 to Dusseldorf 2017 (Photo: LEAP Sports Scotland)

Delegates also voted to take next year’s Assembly to Dusseldorf, and there was a handover between the two organising groups. The Assembly has been to Germany on 7 previous occasions, but this will be the first time it has been hosted in Dusseldorf.

The EGLSF committee awarded LEAP Sports Scotland an award for outstanding contribution to European sport.

Further information on EGLSF and its work can be found on its website.

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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