Speaking to DIVA following David Cameron's reception at 10
Downing Street on Wednesday, she said transparency in sport is
"Homophobia and transphobia in sports are problems that we need
to give a lot more work and attention to eliminate. Fortunately
(for me unfortunately), the UK is way ahead of the US in tackling
"I would love for more individuals and organisations to stand up
and take a more forceful and public stand against discrimination on
the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Too
many gyms, locker rooms, and playing fields are often perceived as
unsafe places for LGBT students. That can discourage that spirit
and natural gifts of athletes. Athletes themselves should not fear
coming out. Nobody should be able to stop you from playing. If you
are good enough, you get to play and you get to win."
She also said that a greater number of out players would improve
the wider culture of sport.
"I believe if all the gay men and women came out, the sports
world and the world in general would be a lot better off. Athletes
today are progressing to unprecedented levels of skill and
strength. But homophobia slowly poisons the process and prevents
people from realizing their dreams. And as long as prejudice
prevails, athletes won't get their fair due.
"We must ensure that everyone has a voice; we must challenge
unacceptable behaviour, and rid the sports world of homophobia and
transphobia. Then and only then, will we make sports a welcome
place for everyone."