Original longer version of interview with Slovenian gay volleyball player (including overview of phenomena and commentary) from the original text published in Slovenian magazine Narobe (issue #24, March 2013) that was awarded by DiH, Slovenia
For the past five years qSPORT has been registered and organized as a regular society for sport recreation just like all others in Croatia, except for having a distinctive focus on the LGBT/Queer population. While the name included a lowercase “q” before the capitalized SPORT, signifying ‘queer’, one would have to find its statute or do a web search to figure out its focus. The inner structure of the NGO followed both mandatory requirements and administrative norms needed for registration at the time of its founding.
There is a new case of homophobia in Croatian sports, this time in synchronized skating, which points out to more diverse problem than several individuals in the leadership of national football association. The discrimination is embedded in the system that denies its existence and refuses to see it as a deeper and wider problem.
[EN] THE SPLIT DECLARATION
We, the independent and individual members of EGLSF, FGG and GLISA feel that, in light of formal obstacles preventing progress towards 1QE in 2018, we should claim back our event and start the process independently of FGG and GLISA. The process will be open to all constructive and committed community members who wish to join. Our aim is to deliver an event that is inclusive for all of our global community with its diverse needs, and with sustainability in mind.
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As of 2011, qSPORT is member of the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is a global platform open to organizations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity.
Today on 25th of November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (UN Resolution 54/134), a new Croatian case of homophobia this time within female sport (synchro figure skating) is being presented to the media public as young 24y.o. skater V.S. (remains anonymous) is talking publicly about loosing her place in national team after teammates saw a photo of her walking in Zagreb Pride with her girlfriend. She is explicitly naming all individuals that made her give up on sport and those who supported her within team and club officials.