WHY Diversity & Inclusion?
LGBTIQ+ representation in sports is important because it promotes acceptance and understanding, empowers LGBTIQ+ individuals, and helps to combat discrimination and promote inclusion.
Firstly, it helps to break down stereotypes and promote acceptance and understanding of the LGBTIQ+ community. By showcasing successful LGBTIQ+ athletes and their achievements, it challenges the notion that being LGBTIQ+ is incompatible with success in sports and reinforces the message that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can excel in their chosen field.
Secondly, LGBTIQ+ representation in sports can be incredibly empowering for LGBTIQ+ individuals who may have felt excluded or marginalized in the past. Seeing athletes who are open about their sexuality or gender identity can inspire others to embrace their own identities and feel confident in their ability to participate in sports.
Thirdly, LGBTIQ+ representation in sports can help to combat discrimination and promote inclusion. Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, other discriminatory language and behavior are unfortunately still prevalent in sports, and LGBTIQ+ representation can help to challenge these attitudes and create a more welcoming and accepting environment for all athletes.
In our common Europe it is still necessary to build bridges between East and West, as well as between North and South, EU Member States and Not-Yet- or Non-EU-Member States. In order to foster more diversity and inclusion within communities that have not been well-represented in EuroGames, we are planning specific outreach to LGBTIQ+ communities in areas that have been underrepresented, particularly in East- and South-East-Europe. You will find details on our webpage before the end of the year.