Doc. 9357

4 February 2002

Situation of lesbians and gays in sports in member states

Motion for a recommendation

presented by Mrs Ans Zwerver and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1.       Recent studies show that (young) gays and lesbians in Council of Europe member states are at a disadvantage when it comes to their participation in sports activities in their regular local sports organisation or in sport at school.

2.       This fact is regrettable given the aims of the European Sports Charter, in particular Articles 1 and 4 respectively on participation and on non-discrimination.

3.       The Assembly recalls that, on 30 May 2000 in Bratislava, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Walter Schwimmer, on the occasion of the informal 9th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Sport, declared that “sport is a key factor in social integration”.

4.       The Assembly also recalls that, on 27 April 2001, in Nicosia, discrimination based on sexual orientation is included in the Final Statement on Sport, Tolerance and Fair Play, adopted on the occasion of the 3rd Round Table on Sport, Tolerance and Fair Play.

5.       On 26 September 2000 the Assembly adopted Recommendation 1474 (2000) on the situation of lesbians and gays in Council of Europe member states. Amongst other recommendations the member states are called upon to take positive measures to combat homophobic attitudes, including in sports (paragraph 11).

6.       The Assembly therefore recommends that the Committee of Ministers ask the Steering Committee and the committee of experts concerned to conduct a survey on existing research studies (as according to Article 11 of the European Sports Charter) and also on existing good practices within this field in member states.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed : 1

Zwerver, Netherlands, SOC

Agudo, Spain, SOC

Aguiar, Portugal, EPP/CD

Auken, Denmark, UEL

Bársony, Hungary, SOC

Bergqvist, Sweden, SOC

Bindig, Germany, SOC

Cherribi, Netherlands, LDR

Cilevičs, Latvia, SOC

Dees, Netherlands, LDR

Err, Luxembourg, SOC

Etherington, United Kingdom, SOC

Feric-Vać, Croatia, SOC

Flynn, United Kingdom, SOC

Gusenbauer, Austria, SOC

Hancock, United Kingdom, LDR

Herczog, Hungary, SOC

Hordies, Belgium, NR

Jakič, Slovenia, LDR

Judd, United Kingdom, SOC

Jurgens, Netherlands, SOC

Kautto, Finland, SOC

Laakso, Finland, UEL

Lippelt, Germany, LDR

López González, Spain, SOC

McCafferty, United Kingdom, SOC

Mikkelsen, Denmark, SOC

Naro, Italy, EPP/CD

Nessa, Italy, EPP/CD

Sağlam, Turkey, EPP/CD

Soendergaard, Denmark, UEL

Stoisits, Austria, SOC

Tabajdi, Hungary, SOC

Torrado, Spain, SOC

Valk, Netherlands, SOC

van Ardenne-van der Hoeven, Netherlands, EPP/CD

Vermot-Mangold, Switzerland, SOC

Vos, Netherlands, LDR

Wilkinson, United Kingdom, EDG

Wurm, Austria, SOC

Yáńez-Barnuevo, Spain, SOC


1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group