Commonwealth Games urged not to discriminate against LGBTI
With the Commonwealth Games just weeks away, organisers are being urged to secure pledges from participating countries to uphold Article 7 of the games constitution and not discriminate against LGBTI people.
The Peter Tatchell Foundation has written to the Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg, suggesting the Games expand the constitution to include no- discrimination based on ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
“We are asking Glasgow2014 to require competing nations to sign a pledge of non-discrimination in their team selection, in accordance with Article 7 of the constitution of the Commonwealth Games Federation - but with expanded grounds of non-discrimination such as ethnicity, caste, sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
“This would be a very significant, high-impact equality initiative. It has never been done before and would make Glasgow2014 unique, trailblazing and rightly deserving of public acclaim."
Tatchell said all participating countries agree to the Commonwealth Games Charter but they have never before been asked to specifically agree to non discrimination.
“Prejudice, discrimination and legal victimisation are prevalent in many Commonwealth countries, which may prevent affected athletes securing access to top class sports facilities and training camps - and inhibit their selection for the Commonwealth Games. This needs to be challenged,” Tatchell said.
“We hope Glasgow 2014 will accept our proposal to further enhance its existing commitment to equality,” Tatchell finished.