Homophobia in Sport

50 Years of Research 

20 Years of Promises

Time for Action

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Harm & impacts 

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Discrimination statistics

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Homophobia in Sport and the experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People in sport

Out on the Fields is the largest and was the first international study conducted into homophobia in sport. It was also the first to take an in-depth look at the experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual people, including athletes, in sporting culture. The research provides data on discrimination they experience and their perceptions (e.g. safety, acceptance).

Five-Year Progress

On Dec. 3, 2020, we launched a revamped website (which is still a work in progress) and released a peer-reviewed progress-report. This provided updated, detailed information and statistics about the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual as well as transgender people in sporting environments. The report investigates the lack of action by sport leaders to address the problems of homophobia and transphobia, despite the numerous commitments (see our new timeline) made to ‘tackle homophobia.’

Join us for our Out on the Fields Webinar Series where we will to share the latest science and research on both the problems and solutions.

Gay boys play team sports at half the rate of their peers

Public health officials and scholars call for urgent action to address large disparities in sport participation rates between gay and bisexual boys...

Half of male athletes have recently used homophobic slurs

Studies conducted on three continents and in different sports find most male athletes have also heard teammates recently use homophobic slurs Key...

50 years of research: girls still avoid sport due to lesbian stigma

Most female rugby players in the UK and Canada say people automatically assume they are lesbians for playing the sport. The stigma and...

Little meaningful action following commitments by sport leaders

Two papers published in the top sport industry scientific journal report little meaningful action to address homophobic behaviour in sport Six...

Teams that hold pride games use less homophobic language

Two studies investigated the benefits of pride games in amateur and professional sport settings and reported nearly identical results. Key takeaways...

Homophobia in sport is a “critical public health issue”

Scott Greenspan and his team of American researchers systematically reviewed and synthesized of all research they could find on the experiences of...

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