Wiki Loves Pride (in Sport) at Bern EuroGames and Pride

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Wiki Loves Pride (in Sport)
at Bern EuroGames and PRIDE is a practical effort to diversify content around LGBT sports in Europe.


This is a proposal from the informal group of WM LGBT+ les sans pagEs and members based in Europe that work on Wiki Loves Pride 2023 campaign and plan its expansions for 2024 and 2025.

  • We try to address the content gap on LGBT+ topics in all Wikimedia projects and participation gaps of LGBT+ contributors in non-English languages, focusing on Europe.
  • We try to innovate Outreach and Education work by focusing on events in Europe while working with local hosts and Wikimedians to invite event participants in Wikimedia.
  • We try hope to do this with support of different organizations, institutions, groups and individuals.
  • We try to provide all materials for translation and in at least 3 languages, when possible.

This is an experimental project for building more diverse, structured and sustainable work inside the content, participation and methodological gaps, so we will focus on establishing quality relations in Bern (and Switzerland).

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Bern + CH outreach and networking[edit]

For physical activities of photowalk (both during Bern Pride and EuroPride opening flag procession), clinic and online post-event publishing in Bern we would use social media platforms, mailing list, wikis, printed flyers and local open education platform , as well as Bern Pride organizers and EuroGames stakeholders (like EGLSF: European Gay and Lesbian Federation). We will do networking with stakeholders of events and try to get them enthusiastic to adopt open content practices as well as help sustainability of our work in future events they organize by partnering. We will also visit institutions that curate sport content: Olympic Museum in Lausanne and FIFA Football Museum in Zurich, to talk to their curators about LGBTIQ+ content, as well as possible content donations.

Hybrid events[edit]

Our Saturday editathon with (left to right) OwenBlacker, Hyruspex, Hibrideacus and Zblace
See commons:Category:EuroGames 2023 Bern for more images from EuroGames in Bern

Though focus are separate actions in Bern and on Wikis, we can synchronize online on Jitsi and at PROGR Center for Cultural Practice, Waisenhausplatz 30, 3011 Berne

You can register or meet us there.

Openki - Saturday at 11:59 AM — Wiki Loves Pride (+in Sport) @Bern EuroGames and PRIDE

Check-in 26.7.[edit]

16:00-16:30 Bern timezone (UTC+2)

Check-in 29.7.[edit]

12:00-12:30 Bern timezone (UTC+2)


Pre context on Wikimedia[edit]

Wiki Loves Pride as a Wikimedia campaign started in the USA (by User:Pharos and User:Another_Believer) and has since branched out in Europe and South America via WM LGBT+ UG. It is established inside of a Wikimedia calendar and has visibility at least during the (different) month(s)-seasons of Pride celebrations. In 2022 Wikimedia Serbia with support of Wikimedia Germany did the first Wiki Loves EuroPride campaign, which got contributors from regional communities (presented at Queering Wikipedia 2022 Meeting). This year we decided to hyper-extend Wiki Loves Pride to 6 months to accommodate different regions (not USA-cetric Pride month) and also try to develop plans for more sustainable and diverse growth. Les sans pagEs coordinated some of these efforts in past years and 2023.

Wiki Loves Sport as a project of WikiDonne was started in 2018, with effective international outreach in 2019 and has been focusing on writing (non exclusively) on women, non-binary and para athletes sport-related entries. In 2023 there is still no central coordination and/or plan to develop the campaign. We would try to cross-pollinate and extend Wiki Loves Pride with LGBTIQ+ Sport topics (not covered before), as well as try to network for possible partners and diversify forms of work with both physical outreach and media activities beyond Wikipedians.

Sport on Wikipedias[edit]

Wikipedias, especially English language instances, have been historically very biased to cover the most elite, commercial and industrialized sport, especially popular in the USA and also primarily male. In Europe dominant content is around football, often borderline promotional and rarely discursive. Social, cultural and other aspects of sport are almost not documented especially for minoritized subjects.

There is a lack of broader and deeper insights of sport beyond overview articles of academic fields like Sociology of sport. There is little to no information on sport activism, advocacy, academic work and community sports. It is not a big surprise as sport is mediated mostly top down and PR is done at the elite level with a very celebratory and promotional agenda, sometimes even abused as Sportswashing.

Examples of Wikipedia differences in coverage of sport event and LGBT+ topics now in Krakow

CH/Bern Pride on Wikimedia[edit]

Wikipedia does not cover LGBT+ Pride events in Switzerland well, aside from:

EuroGames on Wikimedia[edit]

  • (tbc)


Get in touch[edit]

To email us write to WikiLovesPrideEurope(_AT_)WmLGBT(_DOT_)org.



Working list[edit]

Translation list[edit]

Picture Article Description en de fr it es pt sh ru nl Σ
Wikidata st.
1 EuroGames annual LGBT+ sport event in Europe + + + + + - + + + 8 Q1269315 4 +
2 Declaration of Montreal document adopted by the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights outlining rights and freedoms pertaining to LGBT and intersex people + - + - + - + - - 4 Q38558 11
3 Lesbian and Gay Pride & Friends (in Sion, CH) - - + - - - - - - 1 Q30737850 10
European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation international European HBTQ sports governing body + + + + + - - - - 5 Q935126 4 +
Maja Neuenschwander (b. 1980) Swiss long-distance runner + + + - - - - - - 3 Q1885985 16 +
6 Zurich Pride Festival pride parade in Zurich, Switzerland - + - - - - - - - 1 Q230421 5
7 CSD in Switzerland - + - - - - - - - 1 Q1024345 1
8 World Outgames worldwide LGBT sporting event + + + + + + + + + 9 Q389476 2 +
9 Naomi Lareine (b. 1994) Swiss rhythm and blues singer-songwriter + + - - - + - - - 3 Q79056232 11
Σ → Autolist→ gallery 6 7 6 3 4 2 3 2 2 35 avg: 4\4\43% 64 Wikimedia Commons