Homophobia in Sport

50 Years of Research

20 Years of Promises

Time for Action

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Homophobia in Sport and the experiences of Gay athletes. Statistics also on being a Transgender person 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.’

Children are being harmed by homophobic behaviours in the AFL

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou signed a commitment in 2014 to "eradicate homophobia" and to “create an inclusive culture” where gay players feel safe to...

Thirty studies provide strong evidence of need for action

More than 30 studies have found sport organisations and governments largely ignore discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ people in sport Over the...

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