This guidance is intended for governing bodies and sports
federations across Europe. It may also be of use for other bodies
operating in swimming such as clubs, administering bodies and
coaching centres. Finally, we encourage everyone in swimming –
no matter who you are – to view this guidance to better understand
what can be done to make swimming a sport for all.
The guidance is split into four sections. In the first section we seek
to outline what we think are the main issues concerning lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender involvement in swimming. In the
second we seek to identify a range of actions that readers can take
to help their organisation prevent discrimination and violence. In
the third section we give some simple ways that your organisation
can assess where it is and get started. Finally, in section four, we
give some examples of good practice for you to reference.
Underlying this guidance is the belief that to truly eradicate and
end discrimination and violence, swimming bodies need to not
only address overt examples of inappropriate behaviour, but to
take meaningful and proactive behaviour to make themselves
and swimming as a whole inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people. Accordingly, what this guide advocates is a
mainstreaming approach – not treating issue of discrimination as
an add on – but creating a culture where all decisions are taken
bearing in mind the significant minority of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender people who love swimming.
We hope that this guide will help your organisation to make
swimming inclusive, welcoming and safe for all.
You may download a copy of the publication Guidance for Swimming Governing Bodies on LGBT Inclusion and the Prevention of Discrimination and Violence in PDF format, or view it online below.