Local MP backs Sports Charter

April 4, 2011 2:53 PM

Tom Brake is encouraging local sports teams to sign up to a new Sports Charter unveiled this month with the aim of tackling homophobia in sport.

The Charter has been drawn up by the Government Equalities Office and aims to increase awareness of the prevalence of both homophobia and transphobia throughout sport in Britain.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington said: "This Charter is all about maintaining dignity and respect for all those involved in sport and building on the good work of the existing grassroots movement."

Tom's support comes after he signed a motion in Parliament back in January calling for an end to homophobia in both amateur and professional football and for the sport to become more accessible to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

So far the Charter has been backed by a number of major sporting associations and has been signed among others by the Football Association, the Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: "I'm delighted that so many sporting bodies are backing our campaign to stamp homophobia out at all levels; from local parks to Olympic stadiums."

Tom added: "I hope that the Charter will encourage sports teams not just across Sutton but also nationwide to help make sport in Britain more inclusive."

To read the charter and to register your support visit the News section of the Equalities Office website at www.equalities.gov.uk.

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