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.

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News

Seahawks punter Jon Ryan steps aside as Regina Pride's grand marshal
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/jon-ryan-seattle-seahawks-regina-pride-1.4699713

LGBTQ Youth Athletes Should ‘Play Proud’
https://sports.good.is/articles/play-proud-world-cup

The question of gender in sport: Are you woman enough?
http://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/are-you-woman-enough-gender-sport-1-5542633

Queer athletes are using sport to give back to the LGBT community
https://www.dailyxtra.com/queer-athletes-are-using-sport-to-give-back-to-the-lgbt-community-86423

Pride House Founder to Receive IGLTA’s Pioneer Award
http://gaywhistler.com/pride-house-founder-receive-igltas-pioneer-award/

Softball coach calls out league policy on transgender players, sparks national response
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/softball-league-transgender-policy-1.4584947

Jury slams Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth with $3.74 million judgment for firing lesbian coach
March 16, 2018 -
https://www.outsports.com/2018/3/16/17127642/shannon-miller-coach-hockey-minnesota-duluth

Out Olympic athletes inspire LGBT people around the world
http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/02/21/olympic-athletes-inspire-lgbt-people-around-world

At Pyeongchang Olympics, Canada’s Pride House provides a place to belong
https://www.thestar.com/sports/olympics/2018/02/20/at-pyeongchang-olympics-canadas-pride-house-provides-a-place-to-belong.html

Golden Knights aim to show hockey’s inclusivity with activist pitch
https://lasvegassun.com/news/2018/feb/16/golden-knights-aim-to-show-hockey-is-for-everyone/#

Gay at the Games: How Canada is hosting Pride House, a safe space for LGBT athletes at the Olympics
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-february-9-2018-1.4527912/gay-at-the-games-how-canada-is-hosting-pride-house-a-safe-space-for-lgbt-athletes-at-the-olympics-1.4528002

Canada Olympic House will be a home to Pride House
https://olympic.ca/press/canada-olympic-house-will-be-a-home-to-pride-house/

Openly gay former pro fights homophobia in hockey
https://globalnews.ca/news/3976413/fighting-homophobia-in-hockey/

Raptors' You Can Play Game Is a Significant Night in NBA History
https://sports.vice.com/en_ca/article/kznyp3/raptors-you-can-play-game-is-a-significant-night-in-nba-history

CWHL's first transgender woman finds comfort, confidence in professional hockey
http://www.espn.com/espnw/culture/article/22029536/cwhl-first-transgender-woman-finds-comfort-confidence-professional-hockey

This Edmonton-based gym for LGBTQ people is the first of its kind in Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/kyle-fairall-queerflex-gym-edmonton-lgbtq-1.4441600

You Can Play awarded 2017 IOC Trophy for Sport Beyond Borders
Dec 2017 - http://sirc.ca/news/you-can-play-awarded-2017-ioc-trophy-sport-beyond-borders

Minor hockey coaches, trainers get mandatory training on being trans-inclusive
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/minor-hockey-coaches-trainers-get-mandatory-training-on-being-trans-inclusive?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=0a992f8e-a137-4a26-8abf-98cba93644a9

An open discussion about sport and homophobia (video)
September 29, 2017 - http://www.cbc.ca/sports/live-stream-can-i-play-1.4313055

Kristen Worley’s continuing battle for dignity in sports (Video)
July 18, 2017 http://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/kristen-worley-s-continuing-battle-for-dignity-in-sports-1.4211661

Cycling Canada, OCA, the UCI, and Canadian Athlete Kristen Worley Settle Human Rights Application to Promote Inclusive Sporting Environments
July 18, 2017 - http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/sport/cycling/news/cycling-canada-ontario-cycling-association-the-union-cycliste-internationale-uci-and-canadian-athlete-kristen-worley-settle-human-rights-application-to-promote-inclusive-sporting-environments/

Transgender athletes thwarted in pursuit of university sports
July 11, 2017 - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/transgender-university-athletes-new-brunswick-1.4185714

Homophobia in sports: U of T expert says culture of sports needs to change
June 26, 2017 - https://www.utoronto.ca/news/homophobia-sports-u-t-expert-says-culture-sports-needs-change

Historic support from Canadian sports teams, players for Pride
June 24, 2017 - http://www.cbc.ca/sports/historic-support-from-canadian-sports-teams-players-for-pride-1.4175901

For the Love of Sports: An Interview with Chris Mosier
June 22, 2017 - http://www.metroweekly.com/2017/06/love-sports-interview-chris-mosier/

An open letter from Martina Navratilova to Margaret Court Arena
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/an-open-letter-from-martina-navratilova-to-margaret-court-arena-20170601-gwhuyx.html

Steely Resolve
http://scoregolf.com/feature/steely-resolve/

Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar suspended two games for homophobic slur
https://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2017/05/18/jays-kevin-pillar-appears-to-yell-homophobic-slur-at-braves-pitcher.html

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.
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/05/portland_
youth_soccer_coach_comes_out_as_transgender_to_players.html

World champion and Olympian Shawn Barber comes out as ‘gay and proud’
http://www.outsports.com/2017/4/24/15412890/shawn-barber-gay

Brock McGillis on barriers in pro sports (video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5KXrUZef04

Edmonton's LGBTQ rainbow hockey tape goes international
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/lgbtq-hockey-pride-tape-kris-wells-diversity-sport-1.3913684

Sport North Introduces Team NWT You Can Play Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siKrRL5JhA4&feature=youtu.be

Gay recreational hockey team breaks new ground in Calgary
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-gay-hockey-team-1.3844819

'It would be impossible for a gay Premier League player to come out,' admits new FA chairman Greg Clarke
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/football-association-select-committee-greg-clarke-gay-homosexual-homophobic-abuse-abuse-premier-a7365841.html

Just Being Himself, in a Professional Women’s Hockey League
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/sports/hockey/harrison-browne-transgender-hockey-player.html?_r=1

LGBT hockey players open up about homophobia in youth sports
http://www.dailyxtra.com/toronto/arts-and-entertainment/lgbt-hockey-players-open-homophobia-in-youth-sports-207881

Pro Skateboarder Comes Out: "Everything Got Better"
http://www.advocate.com/2016/9/28/pro-skateboarder-comes-out-offer-hope-lgbt-youth-everything-got-better

At least 9 out LGBT athletes competing at the Paralympics in Rio
http://www.outsports.com/2016/9/6/12731156/paralympics-lgbt-gay-athletes-out-rio

The transgender man who changed the Olympics
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0421q4d (video)

CFL clothing deal with You Can Play aims to support LGBTQ inclusion
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/football/cfl-clothing-deal-with-you-can-play-aims-to-support-lgbtq-inclusion/article30497470/

Homophobia becomes a crime in Italian sport
http://www.west-info.eu/homophobia-becomes-a-crime-in-italian-sport/

CCES Releases Guide to Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport
http://cces.ca/news/cces-releases-guide-creating-inclusive-environments-trans-participants-canadian-sport

NBA: No All-Star Game for North Carolina If Anti-LGBT Law Isn't Changed
http://www.advocate.com/sports/2016/4/21/nba-no-all-star-game-north-carolina-if-anti-lgbt-law-isnt-changed

How Major Codes are Tackling Homophobia in Sport
http://www.qnews.com.au/blog/how-major-codes-are-tackling-homophobia-in-sport/

Olympians and Paralympians bring inclusive message to historic Mardi Gras
http://www.aroundtherings.com/site/A__55006/Title__Olympians-and-Paralympians-bring-inclusive-message-to-historic-Mardi-Gras/292/Articles

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
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/29/ian-thorpe-joins-athletes-calling-end-homophobia-sport

Is sport waking up to homophobia?
http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/02/is-sport-waking-up-to-homophobia

Nike Fires Pacquiao: 'We Find His Comments Abhorrent'
http://www.etcanada.com/blogs/etc_180975/manny-pacquiao-apologizes-for-saying-gay-relationships-are-worse-than-animals/celebs

Adidas Encourages Star Athletes to Come Out
http://www.advocate.com/sports/2016/2/15/adidas-encourages-star-athletes-come-out-new-contract-clause

Coming Out in a Stadium Near You
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-kyle/coming-out-in-a-stadium-n_b_9097862.html

IOC new transgender guidelines will not mandate surgery
http://www.outsports.com/2016/1/21/10812404/transgender-ioc-policy-new-olympics

Thunder Bay fitness coach reaches out to trans people
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-fitness-coach-reaches-out-to-trans-people-1.3394205

Problems in sport run deeper than homophobia
http://gaynz.com/articles/publish/2/article_17724.php

Rainbow coloured hockey tape symbol of LGBTQ support
http://globalnews.ca/news/2407399/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
http://adrenalinmag.ca/articles/lessons-from-a-pride-house

Transitions: Transgender Athletes
http://triathlonmagazine.ca/news/transitions-transgender-athletes/

Calgary Flames’ Brian Burke on Gay Pride and sexuality in sports
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/alberta/calgary-flames-brian-burke-on-gay-pride-and-sexuality-in-sports/article26236559/

Coaches claim they lost jobs for being female, gay, Canadian
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/coaches-claim-they-lost-jobs-for-being-female-gay-canadian/article26579453/

‘I am gay’: World-champion skier and Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy comes out
http://globalnews.ca/news/2292834/i-am-gay-world-champion-skier-and-olympic-medalist-gus-kenworthy-comes-out/

Two top Premier League footballers ‘ready to come out as gay’
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/10/24/two-top-premier-league-footballers-ready-to-come-out-as-gay/

New York Giants Tell LGBT Athletes, 'You Can Play!'
http://www.advocate.com/sports/2015/10/26/watch-new-york-giants-stand-lgbt-athletes-new-youtube-video

SportsCenter Reminds Us Why Coming Out Still Matters
http://www.advocate.com/sports/2015/10/11/watch-sportscenter-reminds-us-why-coming-out-still-matters

UofT launches the 2015 University of Toronto Varsity Blues Athlete Ally video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5p8tk8TayU

College Assistant Coach Tells Team, 'I'm A Gay Man'
http://www.advocate.com/sports/2015/10/09/watch-college-assistant-coach-chris-burns-tells-basketball-team-im-gay-man

PrideHouse Toronto: Ensuring a place for all in sport
http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/08/21/pridehouse-toronto-ensuring-a-place-for-all-in-sport-2/

LGBT issues in sports 101
http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/08/20/lgbt-issues-in-sports-101/

PrideHouse Toronto to continue drive for LGBTQ inclusion during Parapan American Games
http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1029209/pridehouse-toronto-to-continue-drive-for-lgbtq-inclusion-during-parapan-american-games

Much work needed to ensure LGBT athletes can be themselves
http://www.dailyxtra.com/toronto/news-and-ideas/news/much-work-needed-ensure-lgbt-athletes-can-121274

PrideHouseTO shows LGBTQ inclusiveness of Pan Am Games
http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/5752797-pridehouseto-shows-lgbtq-inclusiveness-of-pan-am-games/

Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury's gold medal at centre of new CMHR sport exhibit
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/olympic-swimmer-mark-tewksbury-s-gold-medal-at-centre-of-new-cmhr-sport-exhibit-1.3165068

Toronto LGBTQ group to create ‘inclusion playbook’ for sports
http://metronews.ca/news/1431779/toronto-lgbtq-group-to-create-inclusion-playbook-for-sports/

WTA slam Stakhovsky for anti-lesbian comments
http://www.sportal.com.au/tennis/news/wta-condemn-stakhovsky-over-anti-gay-comments/4pc9yy0wl2ag1crc8xxkpr49r

Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the Change Room Project
http://news.utoronto.ca/toronto-2015-pan-amparapan-am-games-change-room-project?utm_source=Bulletin&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=News

Megan Rapinoe - 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Feature (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjkLkCDmQFQ

The real game changer
http://thevarsity.ca/2015/06/29/the-real-game-changer/

N.W.T. first Canadian province or territory to join You Can Play project
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/n-w-t-first-canadian-province-or-territory-to-join-you-can-play-project-1.3139471

Canadian Olympic Committee launches campaign to promote LGBTQ inclusion
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-olympic-committee-launches-campaign-to-promote-lgbtq-inclusion/article25071668/

Canadian Olympic Committee Launches #OneTeam LGBTQ PSA to Strengthen Message of Inclusion in Sport
http://press.olympic.ca/canadian-olympic-committee-launches-oneteam-lgbtq-psa-to-strengthen-message-of-inclusion-in-sport#

Abby Wambach, U.S. teammates embrace Caitlyn Jenner's bravery
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2015/06/01/caitlyn-jenner-usa-women-world-cup/28321133/

Keeper Erin McLeod comes out, leads team and fans as Canadian role model
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/world-cup/keeper-erin-mcleod-comes-out-leads-team-and-fans-as-canadian-role-model/article24712870/

Burke: Michael Sam signing with Alouettes a historic moment in pro sport
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=768669

Olympian to share her story of overcoming isolation with Kitchener students
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5629196-olympian-to-share-her-story-of-overcoming-isolation-with-kitchener-students/

Michael Sam should feel right at home in Montreal
http://montrealgazette.com/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes/todd-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
http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1027378/letter-sent-to-ioc-calling-for-pressure-on-kazakhstan-to-drop-proposed-anti-gay-rights-bill#.VVpoBdijjUA.email

Homophobia in sports still pervasive in Canada, new study shows
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/homophobia-in-sports-still-pervasive-in-canada-new-study-shows-1.3067167

Scottish Sports bodies urged to show homophobia a red card
http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/sports-bodies-urged-to-show-homophobia-a-red-card-1-3761683

IOC Video "If Not You Then Who?"
https://youtu.be/SuP-kVvYvww

Canadian Olympic Committee tackling LGBT issues this week
http://www.outsports.com/2015/4/21/8460679/canadian-olympic-committee-lgbt-roundtable

Olympics-IOC receives rights assurances for Winter Games bids
https://news.yahoo.com/olympics-ioc-receives-rights-assurances-winter-games-bids-115446148--spt.html

The beauty of collective courage: Paulo Senra's mission at the 2014 Winter Olympics
http://www.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2015-03-30/you-can-play-paulo-senra-lgbtq-sochi-olympic-games-canadian-national-team?

10 Times The NBA And WNBA Were Awesome For Gays
http://www.newnownext.com/nba-wnba-lgbt-gay/03/2015/

Coaches Corner Delivers LGBTQ Resources and Community for Women's Sports Professionals
http://freedomsounds.org/coaches-corner-launch-press-release/

A more welcoming, more inclusive Pan Am Games
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/5273622-a-more-welcoming-more-inclusive-pan-am-games/

Out Proud Radio Interview with Jennifer Birch-Jones
http://wsradio.com/120314-leading-way-addressing-homophobia-sport/

Eric Radford: Olympic figure skater, medal-winning family man. And gay.
http://www.outsports.com/2014/12/4/7321931/eric-radford-gay-figure-skater

Geoff Molson says Canadiens would welcome openly gay player
http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/montreal-canadiens/sports-owners

Homophobia in sports: study asks why players stay in closet
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/homophobia-in-sports-study-asks-why-players-stay-in-closet-1.2781744

CAAWS launches Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches - A Practical Resource For Coaches.
http://www.caaws-homophobiainsport.ca/e/resources_caaws/index.cfm

Breaking down stereotypes in sports VIDEO
http://video.theloop.ca/news/watch/breaking-down-stereotypes-in-sports/3787308199001/#.VBoRJ1czLU1

Hockey Canada embraces gender identity inclusion
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2188328

Transgender hockey teen nets rights goal
http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/4861653-transgender-hockey-teen-nets-rights-goal/

Prof joins panel discussion on homophobia in sport
http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-08-29/prof-joins-panel-discussion-homophobia-sport

Olympian wants to help tackle homophobia in sport ahead of pride parade
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/olympian-wants-to-help-tackle-
homophobia-in-sport-ahead-of-pride-parade-1.2749943

Tackling Homophobia in Sports
http://egale.ca/all/tackling-homophobia-in-sports/

Step Up! and Speak Out! - Making Canadian Sport More Welcoming to Sexual and Gender Diversity
http://www.caaws.ca/e/article.cfm?ID=4464

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."

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