This guidance is intended for governing bodies and sports federations
across Europe. It may also be of use for other bodies operating in
volleyball such as clubs, administering bodies and development centres.
Finally, we encourage everyone in volleyball – no matter who you are -
to view this guidance to better understand what can be done to make
volleyball 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 volleyball. 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
Underlying this guidance is the belief that to truly eradicate and end
discrimination and violence, volleyball bodies need to not only address
overt examples of inappropriate behaviour, but to take meaningful
and proactive behaviour to make themselves and volleyball 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 volleyball.
We hope that this guide will help your organisation to make volleyball
inclusive, welcoming and safe for all.
You may download a copy of the publication Guidance for Volleyball Governing Bodies on LGBT Inclusion and the Prevention of Discrimination and Violence in PDF format, or view it online below.