LGBT

BSUK logo in rainbow coloursSoftball in the UK has a long history of being a welcoming and inclusive sport for members of the LGBT community, and this is supported by a survey carried out by BaseballSoftballUK in 2016, which suggested that 14% of softball players identify as LGBT, compared to roughly 8% of the population as a whole.

LGBT players are spread throughout a playing community of more than 24,000 in cities and towns around the UK.

While BSUK’s direct work with the LGBT community has so far taken place primarily in London and Manchester, the LGBT Advisory Panel was created in May 2017 to widen the scope and reach of that work.

The LGBT Panel

The purpose of the Panel is to set the strategy for BSUK’s LGBT work and to monitor and evaluate BSUK’s effectiveness in delivering the strategy.  In addition, the Panel will help to draft relevant policy and will formally engage more people from the baseball and softball communities in the development of the sports for LGBT participants.  The panel will engage with the Development Strategy Committee.

LGBT Panel members
Below are some brief statements by or about each of the Panel members:

Lyndsey Bygraves

I strive to understand and learn more about LGBT history and current issues.  I have been coaching adult softball, and part of my drive for increasing LGBT participation and inclusivity is to increase people’s confidence to be unashamedly  and unapologetically themselves.

 

 

 

Katie Hall

I am a previous BSUK Board member (2008-10), with an equalities and marketing focus.  I have been an active member of London Raiders Softball Club since 2006, and have taken on many roles and responsibilities during my time at the club.  I am an active member of the London and UK LGBT community.

 


 

Cristian Speroni

I have played for the past five years with the London Raiders.  Having never played before joining, I have gone through the process of learning the sport from scratch as well as engaging with my wider LGBT community.  I have served on the Raiders’ committee for the past three years as the treasurer as well as getting involved in other areas such as training, social and tournaments.  I value the importance of sport within the LGBT community as a means of confidence-building, socialising and community-building.

 

Thomas Haywood

I am an international baseball umpire who is gay, with many years of experience umpiring for the BBF and in Europe, and I am an event leader for Outdoorlads, who run a range of sociable outdoor activities for gay and bisexual men right across the UK.

 

 

 

Lu Tolu

I led an LGBTQ youth organisation in Malta, I have played softball in four different UK leagues, and I curated an exhibition on the fight for LGBT rights in Britain.  For the exhibition to be successful, it needed to engage and involve LGBTQ communities in Manchester.

 

 

 

Want to get involved?
The LGBT Advisory Panel is open to new members and welcomes guests at its meetings.

 

If you have an interest in the work of the Panel, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Articles:

LGBT Panel looks to the future

LGBT Advisory Panel looks for visibility with the playing community


Blogs:

08 September - Playing with Pride (Stuart Dunlop)


Resources:

Inclusive Softball Rules

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