'Racing is Everyone's Sport' campaign was announced by Great British Racing on Monday. The goal of the initiative is to encourage and welcome LGBT+ participation in racing and bring the racing community together to champion lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. Former jockey Victoria Smith and trainer Mick Appleby are involved with the initiative and have shared their personal experiences.
“This year has been challenging for all [during the coronavirus pandemic]–however research demonstrates that minority groups have been disproportionately affected during the crisis,” said Diversity in Racing Steering Group David Letts. “As such, racing should be proud of the significant progress it has made to promote LGBT+ inclusion.
“The sport's recently launched LGBT+ network, Racing With Pride, has been a great example of this work which has already proved most valuable to the industry's LGBT+ community and allies. Everyone in our sport should feel able to be their true selves without fear of discrimination, and I believe we are moving in the right direction to achieve this.”