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 athletes. Statistics also on being Transgender  in sport

Out on the Fields is the largest and was the first international study conducted into gay athletes and homophobia in sport. It was also the first to take an in-depth look at the experiences of gay athletes, lesbian athletes and bisexual athletes in sport. 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 and released a peer-reviewed progress-report on LGBT+ and gay athletes in sport. 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.’

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...

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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