Homophobia Go Home

Last week Durham students pledged to kick discrimination out of sport.

As part of the Respect Irrespective campaign launched by The Union last week, Durham students have signed up to be part of a government charter to fight against homophobia and transphobia in sport.

The move is part of the week long campaign by The Union to tackle stereotypes and everyday prejudices.

(from left to right) Hannah Lowther, Grace Abel and Dan Slavin. Source: Sunderland Echo

The Union’s community officer Grace Abel, Team Durham and the LGBT Association all support the action taken.

Regarding the decision Grace Abel said that “We aim to take a stand against prejudice in both sport and in the university as a whole. The signing of this charter signals a clear step forward in eliminating this unacceptable behaviour from Durham University.

“As a body we strive for inclusivity of all people and we want all Durham University students to feel they can participate in sport, no matter what their background.”

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This charter was specifically designed to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sport, with the aim of making sport more attractive to all.

Katie Reynolds, president of the LGBT Association, said “LGBT students in Durham have been campaigning for their sports teams to sign the charter for a long time so it’s great to see Team Durham finally get behind it.”

The charter was signed last week at Maiden Castle by Dan Slavin, the president of The Union, and Hannah Lowther, the president of Team Durham.