Queer in sports - panel discussion and exchange forum, 18.03.22

What sports can do to combat LGBTIQ hostility.

The Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Public Service and Sport in cooperation with the EGLSF (European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation), Aufschlag Wien, Kraulquappen Wien and the fairplay Initiative at VIDC invites you to an online event.


10:30 - 12:00: Panel discussion
13:00 - 15:00: Exchange forum on European best practice examples

Panel / Panel discussion

Werner Kogler - Vice Chancellor and Minister of Sport
Oliver Egger - Ombudsman "Football for All" - Ombudsman office of the ÖFB and the Austrian Bundesliga against homophobia in soccer
Christoph Edelmüller - Managing Director of Handball Ligen Austria
Jennifer Klein - soccer player SKN St. Pölten women
Sarah Townsend (joined by video) - Vice President of EGLSF (European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation)

Moderation: Michael Berger (ORF Sport)

In the exchange forum European best practice examples will be shared and there will be space for exchange & discussion. 

Inputs / Exchange forum

  • Visibility & the media – how media should be addressing LGBTIQ issues: Elsa Arapi, Women’s Sport Initiative Lead in European Broadcasting Union (EBU) 
  • ​​​Cooperation amongst LGBT sport organisations & organised sport: Hugh Torrance, LEAP sport, Scotland
  • Good Practices on Women in Sport: Emine Bozkurt, High level group on gender equality 
  • Promoting Lesbians in sport: Noemi Fluxia, Panteres Grogues, Donasport, Spain
  • Gender diversity and non-binary athletes: Liam Strasser, 100% Sport – Austrian Competence Center for Gender Equality in Sport:
  • Situation of LGBT clubs in Central- and Eastern Europe | Istvan Manheim/Brano Fidler, Atlasz Budapest / Lotosové kvety Bratislava
  • Train the trainers: Antidiscrimination in sports education | Havard Ovregrd, Norwegian Olympic and Paraolympic Committee
  • Queer Fanculture: tbc.


Ulrike Lunacek, Former Co-Chair of the LGBTI-Intergroup in the European Parliament
Andrej Pišl, Sports official and LGBTIQ+ activist

For sports associations and people interested in the topic, participation is only possible online due to the still high Corona infection numbers.

We look forward to your online participation and request registration no later than March 14, 2022 to: dorian.fischer [AT] bmkoes.gv [DOT] at

Download: Invitation

After registration you will receive a link for the online broadcast and the virtual exchange forum by mail. Simultaneous interpretation (English and German) will be available for both events. The panel discussion will be broadcast live on ORF Sport +.