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Inclusion in Sport Series: Topic #2 – LGBTQ+

The Year 10, No. 6 edition of the Ottawa Sports Pages is now available. The December issue is our first under the Sports Pages banner and also features Part 2 of our Inclusion in Sport Series.

Following up on our October edition, which sought to spotlight stories about race and sport in Ottawa, we dedicated this newspaper to LGBTQ+ issues in sport.

READ MORE: Inclusion in Sport Series: Topic #1 – Race

There’s little debate that the sports world is lagging behind society in terms of combating homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination, which many of the local voices featured in this edition highlight.

But there are also stories of acceptance, progress and hope for the future.

We attempt to elevate the stories of local LGBTQ+ athletes and coaches and share thoughts from leaders about how they’ve seen sexual orientation and gender identity viewed by their sporting peers and the larger community.

It’s not lost on us that these stories – ones of devastation when inclusivity is disregarded in favour of bullying, and others of progress on topics that have long-gone ignored – only scratch the surface of what LGBTQ+ people face in the world of sports.

We certainly welcome your feedback on how we can best continue to shine a light on these topics as the Inclusion in Sport Series continues. Please send your thoughts to Editor@OttawaSportsPages.ca.

–Charlie Pinkerton & Dan Plouffe

Here are links to the stories of Part 2 of our Inclusion in Sport Series:

Ottawa wrestler-turned-academic Tyler Marghetis shares his experiences and views on coming out in a heavily traditional & macho sport

Ottawa’s bid to host inclusive rugby tournament bumped to 2022

Nine years after the death of his son, Jamie, Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley’s anti-bullying mission is unrelenting

Evelyn Sifton and the tug-of-war of the trans athlete

Long-time coach’s experience highlights the importance of LGBTQ+ representation

How a Glebe grad navigated sports while coming out as trans

You can also read the online edition of the newspaper here.

Since many sports facilities are operating with restrictions or limited hours, our outdoor newspaper boxes remain your best bet to pickup the Sports Pages these days. Those locations include:

Millennium OC Transpo Station

Hornets Nest/Gloucester SuperDome, 1660 Bearbrook Rd.

Earl Armstrong Arena, 2020 Ogilvie Rd.

Blair OC Transpo Station

St. Laurent OC Transpo Station

Beechwood & Mackay

Byward Market – south side of George St. at William

Rideau Centre – Mackenzie King Bridge westbound bus stop

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W. (south entrance)

Elgin & Gilmour

Parliament O-Train Station (Queen & Bank)

Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA, 180 Argyle Ave.

RA Centre, 2541 Riverside Dr. (west entrance)

CHEO main entrance, 401 Smyth Rd.

Greenboro OC Transpo Station

Riverside South Milano Pizzeria, 4184 Spratt Rd.

Findlay Creek LCBO/FreshCo, 4750 Bank St.

Richmond Rd. in Westboro outside Mountain Equipment Co-op

Wellington St. W & Clarendon in front of Parma Ravioli

Tunney’s Pasture Station

Ottawa Heart Institute, 40 Ruskin St.

Ben Franklin Park

Bayshore OC Transpo Station

Baseline OC Transpo Station

City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Dr.

Nepean Sportsplex Minto Field, 1701 Woodroffe Ave.

Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven, 3500 Cambrian Rd.

Sport Chek Riocan Marketplace/Starbucks, 125 Riocan Ave. #2

Tim Horton’s/Scotiabank, 3691 Strandheard Rd.

Walter Baker Sports Centre, 100 Malvern Dr.

Fallowfield OC Transpo Station

Planet Fitness Bells Corners, 1821 Robertson Rd. #8

Kanata Wave Pool, 70 Aird Pl.

Jack Charron Arena, 10 McKitrick Dr.

Eagleson OC Transpo Park & Ride

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