The One with Gabbi Tuft
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
13h ago
If you were watching professional wrestling in the mid-2010s, you’d have seen Gabbi Tuft in action – where she was better known as WWE superstar Tyler Reks. There were matches at the Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, appearances on many of the WWE’s flagship shows – but it was only when wrestling came to an end that Tuft was able to become her authentic self as a trans woman. She shared her story publicly in 2021 – and one look at her Instagram now shows Gabbi sharing her love for fitness, and teasing, potentially, a return to wrestling as well. Hundreds of thousands of people follow Gabbi across ..read more
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The One with Chris Paouros
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
1w ago
For as long as Chris Paouros can remember, she’s been a proud supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. But while she’s always loved her football team, she’s not always been sure that football has loved her back – which is why she’s spent years trying to transform the game into somewhere that everyone feels welcome. Her CV is formidable enough – a vice-chair and trustee at Kick It Out, a Board Member at the Football Supporters’ Association, a Supporters Representative on the FA Council, and the co-chair and co-founder of Proud Lilywhites, to name just a few. She’s also a brilliant talker and a fantastic ..read more
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The One with Jason Webber
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
2w ago
Take a look at the CV of Jason Webber, and you’ll see that a passion for equality and diversity is burned into everything does. For more than a decade, he was a campaign co-ordinator with Show Racism the Red Card – and since 2020, he’s been a key part of trying to make the beautiful game something for everyone in Wales as the senior EDI Manager at the Football Association of Wales. That love of the beautiful game runs deep in this man – with stints as an Academy Coach at Cardiff City and Merthyr Town alongside his EDI work. And now, it’s part of a commitment that runs through him to open up fo ..read more
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The One with James Laley
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
3w ago
If there’s anyone who knows about what it takes to make football inclusive, it’s James Laley. As the founder of Rainbow Blades, he’s helped embed diversity in the heart of what Sheffield United does, and it’s not just us saying that either – as James has been recognised not once but twice as this year’s Football v Homophobia Awards. So, we felt it was the perfect time to get James onto the podcast to talk about his journey in football, and the difference he’s making in the beautiful game. We chat about how he discovered Sheffield United at university and fell in love with the club; about the i ..read more
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The One with Mikey Connor
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
1M ago
In a way, Mikey Connor has his nan to thank for his love of football. It was her who took him along to Everton games, who encouraged him to give the game a go, and told him that he should give refereeing a go as well. So really, it’s her who Mikey has to thank for his love of the beautiful game which – by his own admission – is now a sport that he absolutely can’t live without. As a former semi-pro ‘keeper, he’s done it as a player – and now, he’s making his way up through the pyramid as a referee, with his eyes firmly set on making it at the highest level that he can as a professional. And as ..read more
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The One with Pollo Del Mar
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
1M ago
There are so many strings that Pollo Del Mar has to their bow that it’s hard to know where to begin! A performer, journalist, activist, philanthropist and campaigner – but our interest today is in Pollo’s position as one of the most prominent LGBTQ+ wrestling personalities out there today. First as a wrestling journalist, Pollo began participating in wrestling personally – as the host of EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch and a manager in various promotions across the West Coast and beyond as well, including as a key part of the NWA. Although Pollo is reluctant to refer to themselves as a pioneer, that’s r ..read more
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The One with David Gourlay
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
1M ago
With a mother and a father who amounted to bowls royalty, it’s really no surprise that David Gourlay found his way into the sport. But David was determined to make his own way in bowls, and has amassed a whopping seven world indoor titles – including the 1996 World Indoor Singles Championship, as well as three World Men’s Indoor Pairs Championships and three World Mixed Indoor Pairs Championships. And as if success as a player wasn’t enough, David also coached Scotland’s bowls players to four medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – and as if that weren’t enough, he was also appointed as an MBE ..read more
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The One with Ellia Green
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
1M ago
To say that Ellia Green is an incredible athlete would be a dramatic understatement. As a kid, it was athletics – and particularly sprinting - that Ellia excelled at, competing at World Junior Championships, all with the encouragement of an amazing mum who was all in on supporting their journey. Ellia ended up switching to rugby sevens – and in 2016, they were part of the Australian team that took gold at the Olympics in Rio in the first time that the sport had ever taken place at a Games. It was the fulfilment of a dream that had fired Ellia ever since they were a child, and in 2022, Ellia op ..read more
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The One with the 2023 Best Bits
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
2M ago
2023 is almost at an end – and in many ways, this has been the biggest year that the BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast has ever had. More guests telling more stories in more places and more ways than ever before – so to round out the year, we thought we’d remind ourselves of some of the most memorable moments that we’ve had on the podcast between January and December. World Cup winners, Olympic gold medallists, rugby and football internationals, wrestling superstars, folks who came out for the first time in 2023, and the ones who paved the way for them to do so. They’re all in this special episode to r ..read more
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The One with John-Edward Heath
The LGBT Sport Podcast
by BBC Local Radio
2M ago
John-Edward Heath is someone who lives and breaths sport. A powerlifter, a snowboarder, a Crossfit competitor and an adaptive athlete with dreams of medalling on the grandest stages of them all – John-Edward is a man with big ambitions and the drive to match. But he’s also a man who has had to overcome extraordinary obstacles. As a child, he experienced homelessness; as a gay Marine, he was outed; he had to deal with the trauma of a partner and a best friend taking their own lives; and, after being hit by a drunk-driver and experiencing a significant number of medical difficulties and complica ..read more
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