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Taking a look at LGBTQ+ issues in sport.

Hosted by Jack Murley, BBC Radio Cornwall.

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Taking a look at LGBTQ+ issues in sport.

Hosted by Jack Murley, BBC Radio Cornwall.

    The One with Rainbow Blades

    The One with Rainbow Blades

    It’s a club with a history that dates back more than 130 years.

    And while Sheffield United fans probably won’t want to dwell on too many parts of the season that’s just gone, there is at least one reason to be positive.

    Rainbow Blades is the club’s inclusive supporters group, and has just launched a new programme to celebrate all the ways that allies can play a role in making football everyone’s game.

    So, we thought that was reason enough to chat with founder James Laley and campaign lead Anna Kent about the work they’re doing, and the difference it’s making.

    There’s loads of great stuff in this chat – from James and Anna’s love of football, to why allies are so important, to what’s next for the club they both love.

    We really think you’ll like this one!

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTS?
    @rainbow_blades
    https://www.shefflaces.com/rainbowblades

    WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SHOW?
    @jack_murley
    jack.murley@bbc.co.uk

    PHOTO CREDIT:
    Rainbow Blades

    • 27 min
    The One with Proud Lilywhites

    The One with Proud Lilywhites

    It’s no secret that Jack is a massive Spurs fan.

    So it’s probably a surprise to see it’s taken 180 episodes to get the club’s inclusive supporters group onto the podcast for a chat!

    Chris Paouros, Lee Johnson and Sian Wallis are all from Proud Lilywhites, and this is a cracking conversation with three brilliant talkers who all have their own experiences of what it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in the beautiful game.

    We chat about how they became Spurs fans; the history of Proud Lilywhites; how they’ve brought people together during lockdown; the importance of inclusivity and visibility in football; and some of their proudest moments as Spurs supporters.

    This is a top conversation with some brilliant fans and role-models… and don’t worry Gay Gooners, we’ll have you on the show whenever you’d like!

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTS?
    @SpursLGBT
    https://proudlilywhites.wordpress.com/

    WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE PODCAST?
    @jack_murley
    jack.murley@bbc.co.uk

    PHOTO CREDIT:
    Proud Lilywhites

    • 38 min
    The One with Jon Lee-Olsen

    The One with Jon Lee-Olsen

    Jon Lee-Olsen has been playing ice hockey since he was a youngster.

    Inspired by his older brother, he took to the ice when he was around six years old – and hasn't looked back since. He turned professional, and has been living his dream as a professional player in Scandinavia for the past seven years or so.

    And in October 2019, he made a bit of history when he came out on live TV in Denmark.

    Opening up about his sexuality was a huge step for him – and he continues to use his platform to try and make sport open to everyone.

    In fact, he’s now an ambassador for Copenhagen 2021, which sees both World Pride and EuroGames come to Copenhagen and Malmo in August.

    So this is Jon Lee-Olsen’s story – from his love of skating to turning pro; his coming out story to using his platform to raise awareness; the joy of seeing EuroGames and World Pride coming to his country; and what food you should try if you happen to be there.

    And if you love ice hockey, stick around to the end of this episode as we take a trip into the archives to hear from Zach Sullivan from Manchester Storm – who shared his story with us in March of last year.

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUEST?
    @JonLeeOlsen
    @CPH2021

    WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SHOW?
    @jack_murley
    jack.murley@bbc.co.uk

    PHOTO CREDIT:
    Copenhagen 2021/ Jon Lee-Olsen

    • 22 min
    The One with Andrea Dobson

    The One with Andrea Dobson

    The word ‘legend’ is bandied about a lot – but it’s really the only one you can use to describe Andrea Dobson.

    She was just sixteen years old when she made her debut for the Great Britain rugby league team.

    Little did anyone know at that point that Andrea would become a stalwart of the game, playing in four World Cups and captaining England at the 2017 tournament in Australia.

    And by the time she stepped away from the international scene, she had more England caps than anyone who had come before her.

    Andrea still plays in the Women's Super League for Featherstone Rovers, and has just taken up a new job as the Rugby League Development Officer for the city of Sheffield.

    And honestly, this is a brilliant chat with an all-round legend of the game.

    We talk about getting your start in the game at such a young age; balancing an international career with the trials of everyday life; some of the ignorance that was attached to being a gay woman in the sport by those on the outside of it; retirement and her plans for when that moment comes; her new role; and so, so much more.

    This is a cracking episode we really think you’re going to like.

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUEST?
    @DobboAndrea

    WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SHOW?
    @jack_murley
    jack.murley@bbc.co.uk

    PHOTO CREDIT:
    Andrea Dobson

    • 26 min
    The One with PC Amy Tapping

    The One with PC Amy Tapping

    PC Amy Tapping absolutely loves sport.

    She grew up playing hockey as a goalkeeper, and has been doing dressage with her horse since he was a youngster.

    But the reason Amy is on the podcast today is her role as the co-chair of the National LGBT+ Police Network – where she’s helping to make May 28th the UK’s first LGBT+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

    And given the audience we have on this show, we really wanted to give her the platform to come on and chat about an important issue that doesn’t get discussed enough.

    So yes, there’s plenty of chat about sport, and we find out more about Amy as a person as well – including what she made of Line of Duty!

    But the main part of this conversation is about highlighting the problem of domestic violence in the LGBTQ+ community, and how we can help to change it.

    We discuss what forms that violence can take; how you can spot it; the unique way it can impact on the LGBTQ+ community; the ways you can get help; and so much more beside.

    It’s not always an easy conversation.

    But it’s a real one, an honest one, and an important one to have – and we’re really grateful that Amy joined us for it.

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUEST?
    @lgbtcopuk

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ORGANISATIONS THAT AMY MENTIONED?
    www.galop.org.uk
    nazandmattfoundation.org
    tellmamauk.org

    WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE PODCAST?
    @jack_murley
    jack.murley@bbc.co.uk

    • 29 min
    The One with the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association

    The One with the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association

    Since 1992, the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association has been working to promote and grow LGBTQ+ soccer around the world.

    More than 100 teams and clubs have played in their competitions over the years – and just a short time ago, at the Compete Sports Diversity Summit in Arizona, we found out about their latest one.

    The announcement confirmed that the IGLFA World Championships will be coming to Buenos Aires in 2024, with the full support of the Argentine Football Association.

    It’s a big moment for IGLFA to get the backing of a national body like the AFA – and on this special episode of the podcast, you’ll hear from two of the people responsible for making it happen.

    Up first, it’s IGLFA president Gus Penaranda - who gives us a fascinating insight into his love of soccer, his experiences in the game, and the hard work that has gone into making this tournament happen.

    And after Gus, it’s referee Ryan Atkin – a friend of the podcast who is also an IGLFA official – talking about why IGLFA means so much to him, and how preparations from Buenos Aires are going.

    So, two cracking guests, talking about one big announcement!

    WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTS?
    @iglfa / iglfa.org
    @ryanatkin

    WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE PODCAST?
    @jack_murley
    jack.murley@bbc.co.uk

    PHOTO CREDIT: IGLFA

    • 31 min

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