OST SCRUM6 - LGBT Sport & Recreation Conference

Fri, 19 Feb 2016, 6:00pm – Sat, 20 Feb 2016, 7:00pm

J[img_assist|nid=2001|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=600]oin us for Toronto's leading LGBT Sport and Recreation Conference! You must register for this event at http://OutSportToronto.org/conference/Scrum-6.


This year's OUTSPORT TORONTO SCRUM opens with keynote speaker Hudson Taylor, founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally. Hudson will deliver his keynote during the opening reception, 6:30pm Friday, 19 February 2016 at Hart House, University of Toronto St. George campus.


This year's focus is on upping our collective game, whether it is making Team Toronto even better, effectively collaborating on securing facilities, or ensuring we have a voice in the planning for the LGBT Sport Centre.


The day-long conference will take place on Saturday, February 20th with registration starting at 9:00 am at University College (building adjacent to Hart House), in partnership with Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.


The complete weekend schedule and session descriptions is on the SCRUM registration website but topics will include:


  •  Helping Everyone Play
  •  Team Toronto / Team Canada
  •  Pride 2016
  •  Using Our Game
  •  LGBT Sport Centre Update
  •  Tournament Hosting
  •  One World Event
  •  Volunteering and Career Building (with a focus on LGBT youth)

We will be hosting a closing reception starting at 4pm on Saturday along with our first Recognition Ceremony where OUTSPORT TORONTO will recognize some key contributors to LGBT sport and recreation.


"A Straight Ally Stands In Solidarity With The LGBT Community.”


A bit more about Athlete Ally 

Athlete Ally is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization that provides public awareness campaigns, educational programming and tools and resources to foster inclusive sports communities. They mobilize Ambassadors in collegiate, professional and Olympic sports who work to foster “allyship” in their athletic environments.


A bit more about Hudson Taylor

As an athlete in high school and college, Hudson Taylor often observed the use of homophobic language and demeaning humor, especially in sports. Soon after enrolling at the University of Maryland, he befriended LGBT students in his theatre classes and became increasingly aware of the pain caused by homophobic behavior.


Read more about the Athlete Ally initiative at https://www.athleteally.org/



Posted 28 January 2016