Gender and sexual diversity in sport

Novotel Krakow City West

ul. Armii Krajowej 11 (map)

  • 7:30 - 9:00 – Registration

  • 9:00 - 9:10 – Conference Opening

    Łukasz Siemieniec, President of KKS Krakersy Association, Krakow, Poland;

    Kamila Nalborska, Treasurer of KKS Krakersy Association, Krakow, Poland;

  • Short speeches

    9:10 - 9:20 Short speeches presented by:

    Klaus Heusslein, Male Co-President of EGLSF, Milan, Italy;

    Adriaan Palm, Deputy Head of Mission, Head of Political Department of Netherlands Embassy in Warsaw, Poland;

  • "Sport Respects Your Rights!" - Lecture

    • 9:20 - 9:45


      "Sport Respects Your Rights" is an international project carried out in collaboration with the European Commission as part of Daphne III Programme. The project aims to contribute to the protection of the rights of children and young people in sport, particularly in the field of preventing and fighting all forms of discrimination and violence, including sexual violence. Lead Partner and the applicant is an Austrian Sportunion Österreich. The steering group consists of ENGSO-Youth and Institute of Sports Sociology and Gender Studies at the German Sport University in Cologne. Partners contributing to the project are: Sportunion Österreich and the Austrian Athletics (Austria), German Sports Youth, Sportverband DJK (Germany), Edge Hill University (UK), Dutch Olympic Committee and Sports Federation (the Netherlands), the Italian Federation of Fitness and Aerobics (Italy) and the Campaign Against Homophobia - KPH (Poland).
      The project results will be presented by Slava Melnyk, Warsaw, Poland.


      Slava is Secretary General and project coordinator at Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH). Involved in KPH for 4 years. As a person involved in the activities of KHP East group he was a coordinator of a number of visits of LGBT organizations from Ukraine and Belarus. He coordinates the projects related to the prevention of discrimination in the formal education system and discrimination and homophobia in sport, including such as "Sport Respects Your Rights" (actions aimed at promoting equality and respect in sports) or "Equal School" (anti-discrimination in formal education). He has an academic background in the area of social sciences and international relations.

    • "There's no such a thing", Researching homophobia in Polish sport - Lecture

      9:45 - 10:10

      The presentation focuses on ethical and methodological dilemmas on researching the issues of homophobia in Polish sport. The research concerned the regulation and politics of the Polish sport associations and it revealed that they predominantly adopt more or less deliberate attitude of tabooization of the problem.

      • Dr Renata Włoch, Warsaw, Poland;


        Renata is a sociologist of sport, Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Sociology at The University of Warsaw.

      • “Run, Dota, run!”

        • 10:10 - 10:30

          The short presentation focuses on discrimination because of gender in endurance sports. All causes are shown from race participant’s perspective, and were reported by marathoner and triathlete women in Poland.

          Dota Szymborska, Warsaw, Poland;


          Dota is a triathlete, marathoner and sport coach. She obtained MAs at Warsaw University (MA in Logic, MA in Sociology). She graduated at School for Social Research; she got a Diploma in Sociology of Law at International Institute for Sociology of Law (Spain). Dota is an independent blogger (, she published in numerous printed and Internet magazines (, Gazeta Wyborcza, Krytyka Polityczna,, Runner’s World, Polska Biega). She is passionate about sport and nutrition, she finished a course at Harvard – Science&Cooking. From February 2014 she leads an informal sport group of running women in Warsaw.

        • 10:30 - 11:00 – Coffee break

        • "Whose problem is inequality in sports?" - Discussion

          11:00 - 12:00

          Do you know when and where the last World Cup in football ... women football took place? A man in sport is always: the hero, the champion, the winner. A woman in sport is often still either the mascot and sweetheart or butch and most definitely a lesbian. "You play like a faggot!", "You play like a girl!" are still the insults heard at the school playing fields and sports arenas. The outing of the athlete is still the event and not the everyday fact. Some athletes and activists quotes indicate that there is no place for a gay man in the locker room, while the place is a manifestation of ones heterosexuality. And has anyone ever thought about the availability of sports for transgender people? That being said it is worth asking the questions: Is the sport really for everyone? Is the sport equal for everyone? Does everyone have the same chances and opportunities to perform sports activity? These examples show that not necessarily. So, whose responsibility is to change this fact? Sports authorities or NGO organizations?

          • MODERATOR:

          • Magda Dropek, Krakow, Poland;


            Magda is an editor of the biggest Polish LGBT site,, board member of the Foundation, co-founder and host of Club, a discussion panel and series of meetings taking place in Cracow, involved in the organisation of the Queer May festival and the Cracov's Equality March since 2012. Her interests include feminism issues and the queer theory.

          • PANELISTS:

          • Joanna Żukowska-Easton; a delegate of The Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Warsaw, Poland


            Joanna is a Deputy Director of Department of Strategy and International Cooperation of The Ministry of Sport and Tourism, in competencies of which lies counteraction to discrimination and supporting equality. She is a member of experts group for the gender equality in sport. The group was involved in preparing conclusions for the case study of gender equality in sport acknowledged by the Council of EU on May 21st 2015.

          • Katarzyna Wolska - Wrona; a delegate of The Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment, Warsaw, Poland


            Katarzyna is a lawyer employed as a chief expert in the Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment in the Polish Chancellery of the Prime Minister. For the past 10 years she has worked within the structures of the Polish government in the fields of equal treatment and human rights law and policy, with a particular focus on issues related to anti-discrimination and gender based violence.

          • Pavel Klymenko, Kiev, Ukraine;


            Pavel is an Eastern Europe Development Officer at the Fare Network, an international umbrella organisation tackling discrimination and promoting social inclusion in and through football. He is working with organisations and groups in Eastern Europe to bring about a stronger movement against discrimination in the region. Pavel is based in Kiev, Ukraine and has been active in the local anti-discrimination movement before joining Fare.

          • Elizaveta Zhuk, Moscow, Russia;


            Elizaveta is a PhD student at Law faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, finishing her PhD thesis on human rights protection in the field of sport. She is an author of articles on discrimination and human rights issues in sport. Elizaveta is SPOLINT – Sport Policy International – Institute international advisory board member and an individual member of the FARE Network. Resides in Moscow, Russia.

          • Barbara Barend, sports journalist, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;


            "I am a married woman, a mother of 2, a boy of 4 and a daughter of 1. I have been a sports presenter of soccer talkshows for more than 15 years, working for public television and RTL. I am an editor-in chef of my own magazine called 'Helden' which means heroes in Dutch. It contains background stories, interviews and photographs of the famous Dutch sportsmen and women. I have always been open about my relationship with a woman. Everybody, also in sports, know I am married to a woman."

          • "Biopolitics of sports" - Discussion

            12:00 - 13:00

          • In ancient Greece, women were not only not allowed to participate in the Olympic Games but were not even able to see them. Pierre de Coubertin, who revived the Olympic idea had not seen the place for women in the Olympics. Pre-war press again and again quoted scientific authorities who claimed that women cannot run more than 200 meters or longer distances as this would lead to premature aging of women. Even today, science is of the opinion that some sports, such as track racing should be inaccessible to women, due to vibrations. Therefore the sport is still heavily based on gender bias but, what if this bias is the issue such as the Caster Semenya case? Where is the line between masculinity and femininity in sports? Does the traditional distinction between women's and men's sports make sense? And if gender in sport must have a bias, what are the gender determinants, physical attributes or perhaps chromosomes?


            • Rościsław Peresłucha, Krakow, Poland;


              Rościsław is a psychologist, a volleyball player and The General Secretary of Krakowski Klub Sportowy Krakersy. In previous years he was a member of organizing commitee of Queer May Festival and Krakow's Equaity March (Krakow's Pride). He is one of initators of Gender and Sexual Diversity in Sport Conference and in some way it's co-curator. He is interested in political and social influence of sport.

            • PANELISTS:

              • Judith Schuyf PhD, Utrecht, The Netherlands;


                Judith is a historian and was until January 1st, 2015, policy advisor on LGBTissues at Movisie, Netherlands institute for social development. She has written extensively on issues around LGBT sports, safety, health and senior LGBT's. Between 2004 and 2011 she was chair of the Dutch LGBT sports association Homosport Nederland (now GUTS). As such she introduced a ten-step program to make LGBT in mainstream sports more accepted. It was funded by the Dutch Government and included the Dutch Olympic Committee and several other mainstream and LGBT organizations. She advised the Dutch government and the DOC on transgender issues. For EGLSF she was involved in several Building Bridges conferences and co-organized the conference in The Hague in 2009 and chaired the AGA that year.

                Honorata Jakubowska PhD, Poznan, Poland;


                Honorata is a sociologist, working at The Institute of Sociology of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Author of "The sociology of the body" and "The game of the body. The practices and discourses of gender differentation in sport" awarded by Polish Olympic Committee. She also wrote numerous articles about body/carnality, gender studies and gender in sport.

                Wiktor Dynarski, President of Trans-Fuzja Foundation, Warsaw, Poland;


                Wiktor is a PhD student at Warsaw University Institute of Applied Social Sciences, a trans*activist (within Poland and internationally, especially in Central Eastern Europe), author, researcher, blogger. President at Trans-Fuzja Foundation, a Polish transgender NGO and member of the Control Committee of TransFúzia, Slovakia’s first trans* association. Between 2010 and 2014 Wiktor served as a Steering Committee member and later Co-chair of Transgender Europe - the European Network of trans* organizations working for human rights of trans* and gender variant people.

                Wiktor currently resides in Warsaw, Poland.

                Katherine Burrows, LEAP Sport Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland;

              • 13:00 - 13:15 – Closing of the conference

              • 13:15 - 14:00 Lunch Break

              • Workshops - homophobia, sexism, transphobia.

                • 14:00 - 14:45

                  1. Homophobia in sport

                  "As any other phobia, homophobia is a pathological fear of something and requires medical/psychiatrical treatment..." says Marcus Urban the ambassador of the Outreach Eastern Europe Program of Frankfurter Volleyball Verein.
                  During the "Homophobia in sport" workshop we want to talk about your experiences with homophobia in sports,the types of homophobic reactions in sports and of course about common reactions to such behaviours. What are you doing to fight homophobia? Who supports you in such situations?

                  Workshop leader - Marcel Kreissig, Frankfurt am Main, Germany;


                  Marcel is a member of Team Outreach Eastern Europe @ FVV. Former member of the board of FVV for 3 years, joined the Team Outreach Eastern Europe afterwards. Member of FVV since 16 years. Has joined the FVV, because of some resentments at "straight" sport clubs against homosexuals and would not hide himself since.

                  2. Sexism in sport - "Breaking the Glass Ceilings"

                  The number of women participating in sport is growing constantly; women play an important role as spectators and are key target group for the sports industry. Why are women still largely underrepresented in management and leadership positions in the sport industry? Looking at the example of football, the workshop seeks to explore some of the barriers that keep women from progressing to the top level. The workshop will focus on how activists can contribute to breaking the glass ceiling and contributing to a cultural change.

                  Workshop leaders - Claudia Krobitzsch, London, UK and Tamara Tien, Rotterdam, The Netherlands;


                  Claudia is a Programmes Co-ordinator at the Fare Network, an international umbrella organisation tackling discrimination and promoting social inclusion in and through football. She works closely with the members of the network in 40 countries, coordinates Fare’s annual programme and manages the Football People action weeks, the largest intervention to fight discrimination in football in Europe. Claudia has been an anti-racist campaigner with Roter Stern Leipzig, a grassroots club in Germany, for more than 10 years. Now she plays football with her new team in London.

                  Tamara is a boardmember of the EGLSF and former boardmember of Gay Union Through Sports a Dutch LGBT sports association. EGLSF fights against discrimination in sport on grounds of sexual orientation. With more than 100 member organization and sport groups it's represent more than 15.000 members all over Europe.

                  3. Transphobia in sport

                  When people are excluded from sports or tend to exclude themselves from sport we need to examine accessibility. There are provisions for trans* athletes in pro sports (IOC guidelines since 2004) and for participants in EuroGames who identify outside the gender binary (Stockholm introduced a gender policy). However, are policies enough to become inclusive and will trans* and inter* folks feel safe and comfortable in sports events and sports clubs? In the workshop we might talk about fair, respectful and legal access for trans* and inter* persons to G, L, LG, LGBT, LGBTIQ, Q,... and mainstream sports and competitions, about changing rooms and toilets.

                  Workshop leader - Conny Hendrik Kempe-Schälicke, Berlin, Germany;


                  Conny Hendrik is a former EGLSF board member and co-president. They are a board member and co-founder of the Berlin Sports Club Seitenwechsel for Women Lesbians Trans* Inter* and Girls. The club just celebrated its 26th anniversary. They played soccer in the 5th division up until the start of the transition. Conny Hendrik is a teacher and works in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science as the responsible official for sexual and gender diversity.

                • Roundtable and Workshop about strategy of EGLSF

                  14:50 - 15:40

                  4. Roundtable moderated by Magdalena Świder, Warsaw, Poland;

                  [more] Magdalena is a Board Member and project coordinator at Campaign Against Homophobia (KPH). She started working for KPH in 2011 on the research, which was a part of the "Equality Lesson" publication . She primarily works with the educational activities, organizing seminars, conferences and special events, including translations and research projects. Currently Magdalena coordinates the international project "QuPiD - Queer Pathways into Diversity" and co-manages JUSTICE program project of the European Commission on the implementation of the EU Directive on the protection of the rights of victims of hate crimes. She also organized a series of trainings "Psychological support for LGBTQ" within the "Safer Together" project. Magdalena is also a psychologist and an antidiscriminatory trainer.

                • 5. Workshop I: Inclusiveness–women, ethnic minorities, transgender, European region;
                  6. Workshop II: The future of the EuroGames;

                • 15:40 - 16:00 Coffee break

                • Roundtable and Workshop about strategy of EGLSF - continued

                  16:00 - 16:45

                  7. Rountable - continued;
                  8. Workshop III: Benefits / values for EGLSF member;
                  9. Workshop IV: The future of LGBT clubs and the impact at EGLSF;

                • Summary of the Round Table and Workshops

                  16:50 - 17:20

                  Conclusion of the round table discussions and workshops.

                • 17:20 - 17:30 Closing of the event