European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation

Partner Description

The European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) was founded in 1989. Its aims are to:

  • fight against discrimination in sport on the grounds of gender identity or sexual orientation
  • stimulate integration in sport and emancipation of athletes regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation
  • enable and support the coming out of athletes
  • exchange information and enable co-ordination between European sport groups and tournaments
  • support the founding of new inclusive sports groups

We are a federation, which is open to gay, lesbian, straight, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning and mixed sport groups and organisations. At the moment this network has more than 22,000 members within over 115 organisations and sport groups. In the EGLSF all member organisations are autonomous: the Federation operates as a servicing and co-ordinating body.

We promote, amongst other things, the organisation of EuroGames, which is one of the largest multi sport events for athletes, regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation. The last EuroGames 2015 were held in Stockholm, Sweden. The next games will be held in Helsinki, Finland in 2016.

Our members are invited to join the General Assembly. This annual Assembly is the highest decision making body of the Federation. The members of the EGLSF board are elected for three years by the General Assembly.

Project Information

Project Coordinator John Ryan

Project Specialty Communications, European Network, Dissemination, Community Engagement


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