Are you creative? Are you a superb designer?
If you reckon the answer is yes, then today’s your chance to show off your skills – and simultaneously stand up for LGBT rights – as Charter for Action, an initiative by Government and major sporting bodies launches its challenge: can you design a logo that is striking, innovative and communicates the essential message that hatred on the sports field is not acceptable?
The Charter for Action (see below for details), launched in March 2011 at No10 Downing St with the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, has the aim of ridding sport of homophobia and transphobia.
Since then, thousands of sports fans, organisations and individuals have signed up, including over 30 different sporting bodies and sports stars such as Billy Jean-King, Ben Cohen and Martina Navratilova.
You can support the charter by liking its Facebook page or by e-mailing Nancy Tennenbaum at the LGB & T Equality Unit on email@example.com
The competition to find a logo runs until 18 January.
Rugby star Ben Cohen will then shortlist the top entries and it will be over to the general public to vote for the winning design through the Charter’s Facebook page.
There is also a fantastic selection of prizes!
If you don’t feel up to designing a logo, you can still support this initiative today and tomorrow by taking part in a tweetathon to spread the word.
Anyone wanting to participate is asked to retweet the @ukhomeoffice tweet about the competition:
“1 month until the #sportscharter logo competition ends. Get your entry in by 18 Jan to win great sports prizes http://tinyurl.com/7nqpb22”
Or if you prefer, you should write your own tweet, just remembering to use the “#sportscharter” hash tag.
The Charter states:
– we believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background
– we believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and brings people together with a common goal
– we are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia
– we will make sport a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and for those working or volunteering in sports at any level
– we will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour
You can download the full Charter for Action here.
For further details of the competition, download the competition leaflet here.
Or for further details of the charter or competition check out the Home Office Sports Charter site or
(published in support of the Government’s LGB & T Equality unit: there are no conditions attached to its re-use by other organisations)