Edinburgh University Sports Union (EUSU) was delighted to have Sophie Bridger from Stonewall Scotland in to deliver LGBT+ Inclusivity workshop to club committee members on Thursday 1st February.
Sophie, Stonewall Scotland’s Campaigns, Policy & Research Manager, delivered the two-hour workshop to representatives from 55 of EUSU’s clubs. Despite the interruption from an unplanned fire alarm, the workshop ignited fantastic debate and questions around how best to tackle the issues faced by LGBT+ individuals when trying to access opportunities within sport. Clubs are already looking at how they can ensure that their club is as inclusive as possible, and are exploring options such as changes to their websites and inclusivity policies.
As part of the workshop, Sophie was also joined by Ethan Levi Cain. Ethan is a student at Heriot-Watt University and has recently made the successful transition from the women’s side of the University’s Hockey club, into the men’s side - in both a social and playing capacity. Ethan provided practical insight, and knowledge, on how to ensure transgender individuals are best supported within clubs, before, during and after their transition. You can read more about Ethan’s journey here
The timing of the training could not have been better – taking place at the very start of LGBT+ History Month. EUSU are supporting this through a variety of events across the month, as well as a social media campaign which will be profiling students and athletes with regards to LGBT+ inclusion in sport. This leads us nicely into March, when EUSU along with HE/FE institutions across the country will be taking part in the hugely successful Rainbow Laces campaign.
If you would like any more information regarding EUSU’s volunteer training programme, or their experience of working with Stonewall to deliver an LGBT+ Inclusivity workshop, please e-mail Michael (Michael.Webster@ed.ac.uk).