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Patrick Abboud to host panel on homophobia and role of LGBTI people in sports
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Patrick Abboud to host panel on homophobia and role of LGBTI people in sports

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:17 Written by // Cec Busby

In the lead up to the Bingham Cup, Patrick Abboud will chair a panel discussion on the growing role of LGBTI athletes in sport and what this means for sport in general.

The forum is hosted by Glebe bookstore Gleebooks and literary/arts publisher The Lifted Brow.

According to Lifted Brow Editor-in-Chief, Sam Cooney, the panel will dig deep into issues surrounding queer-only sporting competitions, and queer people playing sport.

"In the lead up to the Bingham Cup—the world cup in gay rugby in Sydney, this forum will discuss the growing role of LGTBIQ people in sport," Cooney said.

"What does the greater discussion about sexuality and sport mean for our understanding of the two?

"What impact will it have - both in changing how sport happens, and in changing how we understand and perceive sexual minorities? And what role to queer friendly teams, codes and competitions have in this?"

Cooney told GNN the forum will aim to answer these questions and to continue the discussion about the intersection between sexuality and sport.

“LGBTIQ sportspeople are becoming more prominent every year. With sports stars such as Ian Thorpe publicly coming out, and the recent joint announcement by the AFL, NRL, Australian Rugby Union, the Football Federation of Australia and Cricket Australia to collectively commit to tackling discrimination in sport, the intersection between sport and sexuality is becoming more prominent,” Cooney said.

The panel will be chaired by Patrick Abboud with panellists Simon Copland, Kate Doak, Monique Schafter & Danielle Warby in the hot seats.

The panel takes place on August 27 from 6-8pm.

For more info, visit the Facebook event page here.

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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