Within the world of sports, homosexuality still isn’t a matter of course. At sports clubs, many homosexuals are not open about their sexuality. On February 19, 2011, the International Day Against Homophobia in Soccer, the website www.alliantie-gelijkspelen.nl went online, providing clear and transparent information on how to make the world of sports more gay-friendly. Here, everyone from sportsmen and women to policy advisors can find tips and examples.
In the Netherlands, there are 750,000 non-heterosexual sportsmen and women. A large part of those men and women is afraid to get out of the closet, or experience problems in their sport. The need for change has also been stressed by recent signals from, among others, Ron Vlaar (Feyenoord) and Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan).
For the first time ever, anyone who is involved with a particular sport (such as sportsmen and women, trainers, supporters, policy advisors, executive committees, and teachers) can now take immediate and pragmatic action with this website to make sports more gay-friendly.
From specific member activities to cooperation with city councils or sports associations. And everyone can benefit from this on the short term, as a gay friendly sports climate contributes to a better atmosphere in sports clubs, making it possible for everyone to stay true to who they are.
The Queer and Straight Alliance in Sport, “Alliantie Gelijkspelen,” aims to emancipate gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trangenders in sports. Partners in this alliance are: NOC*NSF, Movisie, the Dutch Sports Alliance, COC Netherlands, the Homosport Netherlands Foundation, and the John Blankenstein Foundation.