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British LGBT sporting achievements immortalised in timeline

British LGBT sporting achievements immortalised in timeline

Gay Games Ambassador and champion powerlifter Chris Morgan has launched a Timeline of LGBT Sport for LGBT History Month 2012.

The six time British champion and six time Gay Games gold medalist in powerlifiting has compiled a comprehensive timeline of the achievements of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sportspeople in Britain dating from 1976 to present day.

The timeline, designed by Jonathan Harbourne, covers everything from the Goslings Swimming Club being founded in 1976 through to the formation of the Gay Football Supporters Network in 1989 as well as the first UK Gay Sports Festival in 2000 and the coming out of renowned sports personalities such as cricketer Steven Davies and rugby star Ben Cohen.

Chris Morgan told Gay Star News: 'The timeline is a good way to show people how far we've come in the sports community.'

The timeline acts as an educational resource and can also be updated by members of the public, making it a living document of LGBT sporting achievements.

Looking back on the achievements of LGBT sport over the decades, Morgan continues: 'In the year 2000 a lot of gay sports clubs came together for the first UK Gay Sports Festival, it really helped to push gay sport to a new level. Quite a few people have come out since then, the backdrop for UK sport has changed quite a lot in recent years.'

'One of the most defining moments was when leading gay sportspeople were invited to Downing Street where they launched UK charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport.'