LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Sports

Equality in Sport – A Legal Perspective

Larry Fenelon

Partner and Head of Litigation – Leman Solicitors

Why is it that people are openly gay in work and the community but not on the playing field? In this short video, Larry talks about the intersection of sport, law and inclusion. With so few people identifying as gay in sport, Larry explains why it is important for national sporting governing bodies and their clubs do more to promote inclusion and how a legal framework will help people to feel supported to express themselves more openly. With only 15% of sporting clubs in Ireland having a fit-for-purpose grievance procedure, there is much work to be done. In Ireland, this means going beyond just having a protocol for inclusion, but implementing active support on the ground and having dedicated Equality and Inclusion officers in every club.

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Find out more about our LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Sports Campaign here.

Larry Fenelon

Larry is a founder of Leman Solicitors, which he managed from 2007 to 2018.  He founded LexTech, a legal technology company in 2018 to drive digitisation, automation and data capture in legal processes. He is Head of Litigation in Leman Solicitors and specialises in Sports Law, having represented the majority of national governing bodies, from the biggest to the smallest in both contentious and non-contentious matters for 15 years.

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