Causes of Homophobia and Transphobia in sport

We need effective solutions to stop the discrimination and exclusion from sport that LGBTQ people, particularly children, experience.

In order to develop solutions, we need to understand ‘why’ behaviors, such as homophobic language, remain common.

LGBTQ advocates, government officials, and sports organizations typically assume “homophobia” is the primary drivers of this language (transphobic language is rare).

This recent study has challenged our thinking and highlighted the need to rethink our current approaches to solving these problems.  

CURRENT APPROACHES TO STOP HOMOPHOBIC LANGUAGE ARE INEFFCTIVE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TARGETTING THE ACTUAL CAUSE OF THIS BEHAVIOR

WHY IS HOMOPHOBIC LANGUAGE USED IN SPORT?

This video shares the latest science and research 

ARTICLES ON CAUSES OF LGBTQ

DISCRIMINATION IN SPORT

Little meaningful action following commitments by sport leaders

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 academic studies and a UK Parliamentary Inquiry have found little meaningful action or change following highly publicized...

Teams that hold pride games use less homophobic language

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 These studies are some of the first in the world to investigate the effectiveness of current approaches being used in...

Homophobia in sport is a “critical public health issue”

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 gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth and gender diverse youth in sport settings. Systematic reviews aim to find as much...

VIDEOS ON CAUSES