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March in the 2019 Vancouver Pride Parade

Events

All B.C. sport organizations are invited to march with us, including athletes, coaches, family, volunteers & staff.

New: LGBTQI2S resources for sport organizations

News

In celebration of Pride 2018, viaSport is excited to launch our newly developed LGBTQI2S Resources for sport organizations.

Join the Whitecaps FC at Pride Night

Events

Show your Pride as the Vancouver Whitecaps FC take on the Minnesota United at BC Place! 

What LGBTQI2S athletes desire: an authentic identity

Profiles

As a young man, Dean Nelson took extreme measures to hide – to hide from sport and to conceal his sexuality. It was not until he received an invitation to attend the 2006 Montreal Outgames, one of the largest sporting and cultural competitions for LGBTQI2S athletes, that Nelson realised his story was not unique. 

Gay, lesbian and bisexual teens half as likely to play sports as straight youth

News

While participation in sports has been declining among high school students in British Columbia overall, even fewer gay, lesbian and bisexual (LGB) teens are involved in sports than 15 years ago, says a new University of British Columbia study. The study is the first of its kind to track sports involvement among LGB youth in Canada and was conducted in collaboration with the youth research nonprofit McCreary Centre Society.

Whitecaps FC support Pride!

Events

Be a part of the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver and show your Pride! The Whitecaps FC Pride celebration will go from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be hosted by the one and only Connie Smudge. Everybody’s invited to enjoy an evening of soccer and celebration, including entertainment from the Terminal City Roller Girls, Rain City Ultimate Club, Drag Queen Lip Syncing and a b(qu)eer garden with early bird specials.

3 ways to make your sport environment more inclusive

Best Practices

Looking to make your sport environment a place where everyone feels safe? Keep these 3 tips in mind.

 

BC sport sector promotes inclusion in sport at Pride Parade

News

This past Sunday (August 6) was the 39th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade where viaSport marched alongside You Can Play, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, B.C. Lions, and provincial sport organizations Curl BC and Judo BC. Under the rainbow balloons and flags was a larger purpose – one where sport organizations across all levels marched together in commitment of making sport a place where all British Columbians feel safe and welcome.

You Can Play & viaSport partner to make sport inclusive

News Release

A recent study of B.C. youth indicated that gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are half as likely to play sports as their straight peers[1].  To create an inclusive and welcoming sport sector for the LGBTQI2S community in B.C., viaSport has partnered with the You Can Play Project. viaSport is leading the B.C. sport sector to create a culture of awareness and inclusivity, and You Can Play is an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression.  This partnership is the first of its kind in Canada, and B.C. is the first province to partner with the You Can Play Project.

#CoachTop10 - Working with LGBT athletes

Coaching

This top 10, inspired by the CAAWS resource, Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches, is based on the experiences of Canadian athletes and coaches. The resource aims to make sport a more welcoming place for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and two-spirited.