Step Up! Speak Out! Ally Campaign for Inclusive Sport
is a Canadian initiative to make sport more welcoming by encouraging athletes, coaches, officials, sport administrators, parents and fans to respect all individuals regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation.

Make a commitment to being a Step Up! Speak Out! Ally in making sport more welcoming to sexual diversity


Seahawks punter Jon Ryan steps aside as Regina Pride's grand marshal

LGBTQ Youth Athletes Should ‘Play Proud’

The question of gender in sport: Are you woman enough?

Queer athletes are using sport to give back to the LGBT community

Pride House Founder to Receive IGLTA’s Pioneer Award

Softball coach calls out league policy on transgender players, sparks national response

Jury slams Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth with $3.74 million judgment for firing lesbian coach
March 16, 2018 -

Out Olympic athletes inspire LGBT people around the world

At Pyeongchang Olympics, Canada’s Pride House provides a place to belong

Golden Knights aim to show hockey’s inclusivity with activist pitch

Gay at the Games: How Canada is hosting Pride House, a safe space for LGBT athletes at the Olympics

Canada Olympic House will be a home to Pride House

Openly gay former pro fights homophobia in hockey

Raptors' You Can Play Game Is a Significant Night in NBA History

CWHL's first transgender woman finds comfort, confidence in professional hockey

This Edmonton-based gym for LGBTQ people is the first of its kind in Canada

You Can Play awarded 2017 IOC Trophy for Sport Beyond Borders
Dec 2017 -

Minor hockey coaches, trainers get mandatory training on being trans-inclusive

An open discussion about sport and homophobia (video)
September 29, 2017 -

Kristen Worley’s continuing battle for dignity in sports (Video)
July 18, 2017

Cycling Canada, OCA, the UCI, and Canadian Athlete Kristen Worley Settle Human Rights Application to Promote Inclusive Sporting Environments
July 18, 2017 -

Transgender athletes thwarted in pursuit of university sports
July 11, 2017 -

Homophobia in sports: U of T expert says culture of sports needs to change
June 26, 2017 -

Historic support from Canadian sports teams, players for Pride
June 24, 2017 -

For the Love of Sports: An Interview with Chris Mosier
June 22, 2017 -

An open letter from Martina Navratilova to Margaret Court Arena

Steely Resolve

Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar suspended two games for homophobic slur

Portland youth soccer coach comes out as transgender to his players, video goes viral
A Portland youth soccer coach recently came out as transgender to his players and a video of the team meeting has since gone viral.

World champion and Olympian Shawn Barber comes out as ‘gay and proud’

Brock McGillis on barriers in pro sports (video)

Edmonton's LGBTQ rainbow hockey tape goes international

Sport North Introduces Team NWT You Can Play Video

Gay recreational hockey team breaks new ground in Calgary

'It would be impossible for a gay Premier League player to come out,' admits new FA chairman Greg Clarke

Just Being Himself, in a Professional Women’s Hockey League

LGBT hockey players open up about homophobia in youth sports

Pro Skateboarder Comes Out: "Everything Got Better"

At least 9 out LGBT athletes competing at the Paralympics in Rio

The transgender man who changed the Olympics (video)

CFL clothing deal with You Can Play aims to support LGBTQ inclusion

Homophobia becomes a crime in Italian sport

CCES Releases Guide to Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport

NBA: No All-Star Game for North Carolina If Anti-LGBT Law Isn't Changed

How Major Codes are Tackling Homophobia in Sport

Olympians and Paralympians bring inclusive message to historic Mardi Gras

Job Posting: Egale - LGBTQI2S Sport Inclusion Coordinator & Facilitator
Download the job description (.pdf)

Ian Thorpe joins athletes calling for an end to homophobia in sport

Is sport waking up to homophobia?

Nike Fires Pacquiao: 'We Find His Comments Abhorrent'

Adidas Encourages Star Athletes to Come Out

Coming Out in a Stadium Near You

IOC new transgender guidelines will not mandate surgery

Thunder Bay fitness coach reaches out to trans people

Problems in sport run deeper than homophobia

Rainbow coloured hockey tape symbol of LGBTQ support

The Canadian Women's Hockey League and You Can Play Team Up
Download promotional info (pdf, 152KB)

Lessons From a Pride House

Transitions: Transgender Athletes

Calgary Flames’ Brian Burke on Gay Pride and sexuality in sports

Coaches claim they lost jobs for being female, gay, Canadian

‘I am gay’: World-champion skier and Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy comes out

Two top Premier League footballers ‘ready to come out as gay’

New York Giants Tell LGBT Athletes, 'You Can Play!'

SportsCenter Reminds Us Why Coming Out Still Matters

UofT launches the 2015 University of Toronto Varsity Blues Athlete Ally video!

College Assistant Coach Tells Team, 'I'm A Gay Man'

PrideHouse Toronto: Ensuring a place for all in sport

LGBT issues in sports 101

PrideHouse Toronto to continue drive for LGBTQ inclusion during Parapan American Games

Much work needed to ensure LGBT athletes can be themselves

PrideHouseTO shows LGBTQ inclusiveness of Pan Am Games

Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury's gold medal at centre of new CMHR sport exhibit

Toronto LGBTQ group to create ‘inclusion playbook’ for sports

WTA slam Stakhovsky for anti-lesbian comments

Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the Change Room Project

Megan Rapinoe - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Feature (Video)

The real game changer

N.W.T. first Canadian province or territory to join You Can Play project

Canadian Olympic Committee launches campaign to promote LGBTQ inclusion

Canadian Olympic Committee Launches #OneTeam LGBTQ PSA to Strengthen Message of Inclusion in Sport

Abby Wambach, U.S. teammates embrace Caitlyn Jenner's bravery

Keeper Erin McLeod comes out, leads team and fans as Canadian role model

Burke: Michael Sam signing with Alouettes a historic moment in pro sport

Olympian to share her story of overcoming isolation with Kitchener students

Michael Sam should feel right at home in Montreal

Letter sent to IOC calling for pressure on Kazakhstan to drop proposed anti-gay rights bill

Homophobia in sports still pervasive in Canada, new study shows

Scottish Sports bodies urged to show homophobia a red card

IOC Video "If Not You Then Who?"

Canadian Olympic Committee tackling LGBT issues this week

Olympics-IOC receives rights assurances for Winter Games bids

The beauty of collective courage: Paulo Senra's mission at the 2014 Winter Olympics

10 Times The NBA And WNBA Were Awesome For Gays

Coaches Corner Delivers LGBTQ Resources and Community for Women's Sports Professionals

A more welcoming, more inclusive Pan Am Games

Out Proud Radio Interview with Jennifer Birch-Jones

Eric Radford: Olympic figure skater, medal-winning family man. And gay.

Geoff Molson says Canadiens would welcome openly gay player

Homophobia in sports: study asks why players stay in closet

CAAWS launches Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches - A Practical Resource For Coaches.

Breaking down stereotypes in sports VIDEO

Hockey Canada embraces gender identity inclusion

Transgender hockey teen nets rights goal

Prof joins panel discussion on homophobia in sport

Olympian wants to help tackle homophobia in sport ahead of pride parade

Tackling Homophobia in Sports

Step Up! and Speak Out! - Making Canadian Sport More Welcoming to Sexual and Gender Diversity

A Message from one of our Step Up! Speak Out! Champions

Danielle Peers

Danielle Peers, Paralympic Medalist & National Women's Program Additional Coach - Wheelchair Basketball

"Sport is a venue in which the inequalities of our societies are often reflected and reproduced. Thankfully, sport is also a powerful venue through which these inequalities can be resisted, and re-examined. It is up to us, as athletes, coaches, academics and administrators to decide what kind of sport, and what kind of world, we want to be part of, and to make our local and national sporting spaces a reflection of that dream."

Become a Step Up! Speak Out! Champion

For a list of all Step Up! Speak Out! Champions, visit the Champions page.


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