Sarah Townsend has been on the Board of EGLSF (European Gay & Lesbian Sports Federation) since 2016 and is currently co-president. She sits on the Equality Within Sport Committee (EWS) committee for ENGSO (European Sport NGO), which advises the Executive Committee on equality matters, and was one of the 15 experts of the European Commission High Level Group on Gender Equality in Sport. Sarah enjoys outdoor activities – hiking, open-water swimming, cycling, rowing – and co-founded Activ’Elles04, to promote women’s sport and to offer women living in a rural setting the opportunity to access these activities.
The workshop will explore the experiences of LBTI women in sport, including bans, discrimination and abuse a LBTI athletes and widespread and systemic lesbophobia. It will consider disruptive approaches to the dominant discourse and create alliances between lesbian and trans and gender diverse communities to fight for truly inclusive sports.
Lesbians in sport – the State of Play’ workshop. The EGLSF opens a discussion on lesbian participation in grassroots sports in Europe, club membership and EuroGames/LGBTIQ tournaments.