JulY 17 – 20, 2024

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, bridging divides between East and West, North and South, as well as between EU-Member States and Non-EU-Member States, remains essential. In order to foster diversity and inclusion in EuroGames, we are offering specific outreach to LGBTIQ+ communities that have been underrepresented in past EuroGames, particularly from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.