Racing launches LGBT+ support network

A network has been launched for LGBT+ people involved in horse racing.

‘Racing With Pride’ has been created for all those involved in racing — including workforce, participants or fans — who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as allies of the LGBT+ community.

Broadcaster Clare Balding said the platform is a “welcome innovation”.

“I hope this will encourage more LGBT people already in racing to feel appreciated and supported,” she said.


“Racing is trying hard to embrace a wider audience and to make its own diverse workforce feel confident and comfortable.

“As for those who have yet to discover the beauty of racehorses and the fun of a race day, I look forward to when we can celebrate with the first Pride Racing Festival, which will no doubt have a carnival atmosphere!”

The network’s three main goals are to support and provide a safe space for LGBT+ people to meet, and promote a better understanding of LGBT+ inclusion.

It will primarily be based on social media, with a secure Facebook group, and plans to host events in the future. Updates will also be shared on the Racing With Pride Twitter account.


“It is an increasingly challenging time for many in racing and this can be exaggerated for minority groups,” said a statement from the diversity in racing steering group.

“Racing With Pride aims to be a community in which people can find support and camaraderie, as well as influence social change and promote a diverse and fully inclusive industry. Everyone who identifies as LGBT+ should feel able to be their true selves without fear of discrimination.

“It is hoped the network will act as a platform for shaping future activity, for example racing joining Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces activity in November.”

A “rainbow ready for racing” toolkit has been developed in collaboration with Sports Media LGBT+ to help with conversations about inclusion.