On March 8 delegates at the 2015 Assembly in Krakow voted for Glasgow to host the 2016 Annual General Assembly of the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation.
A ‘Diverse Identities in Sport’ conference will take place on the 4th March 2016 followed by the Annual General Assembly which will take place on the 5th and 6th of March 2016, with Glasgow hosting up to 150 delegates from across Europe.
Scot charity LEAP Sport Scotland, who managed Pride House Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is committed to breaking down the social and personal barriers which discourage LGBTI people across the country from participating in Scottish sports, was responsible for organising the successful bid that saw Glasgow winning against favourites Brussels.
LEAP Sports’ chairperson Hugh Torrance said: “Having the Conference and the Assembly coming to Glasgow is an important step for LEAP Sports and for Scotland.
“The Conference will allow us to explore increasing diverse identities in sport, looking at transgender, intersex, queer, asexual and many other identities.
“We will look at the strategies necessary to develop sport into a truly inclusive space. It also allows us to market Scotland to European sports partners and thus to position ourselves for a future bid to host Euro Games here in Scotland.
“We’re also excited about using this opportunity to connect groups, activists and individuals from a variety of different European countries, and to bring people together with a shared passion for sport and equality.”
The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) was founded in 1989 and has more than 15,000 members within over 100 organisations and sport groups throughout Europe.
It promotes, amongst other things, the organisation of the EuroGames and the European Gay & Lesbian Championships.