Pride Sports UK, Athletics Pride Network, Pride In Water, and the team behind Pride House Birmingham, the venue devoted to welcoming all persons from LGBT communities and their allies at this summer's Commonwealth Games, are hosting the Sporting Pride Conference, which will unite people from across the LGBT-inclusive sport and physical activity sectors in the U.K.
According to Sports Media LGBT+, one of the goals of the GSK-sponsored conference is to encourage NGBs that have already established LGBT networks for employees, athletes, coaches, and administrators, as well as to provide pertinent information and direction to those that have yet to do so.
Meanwhile, the event's programming places a strong emphasis on LGBT-inclusive community and grassroots sport, with workshops and sessions on topics, such as how to start and grow regional clubs, how to effectively communicate with current members and potential new recruits, how to welcome trans and non-binary participants, fundraising strategies, and more.
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Ty Wright, a track and field athlete, was named after former Brigham Young University quarterback Ty Detmer, so it's no wonder that he would end up at BYU.
Wright enrolled knowing he was gay at a school not known for being LGBT-friendly.
"I am absolutely out," Wright revealed on the podcast "The Queer Athlete," hosted by Emma Gee, who is LGBT and a former member of the BYU track and field team. "If someone asks, I'll tell them, and I'm not going to hide anything anymore. I've decided to share that aspect of my life with anyone who is interested, but I haven't made a public post about it."
Wright, 20, was raised in Shelley, Idaho, a Mormon-dominated town where he and his family grew up. Despite knowing he is gay from a young age, the four-time Idaho high jump champion was so focused on his athletic career and securing a scholarship that he didn't give his sexuality any thought when he selected BYU.