Science-based solutions to Homophobia and Transphobia in sport
Over the last two decades, dozens of manuals, educational resources, and policies have been created to promote the inclusion of LGBTQ people in sport.
Unfortunately, almost all are based on assumptions rather than science. They are also not used by coaches and athletes who need them. Read more about why here and here.
Public health officials have identified an ‘urgent’ need for effective solutions to stop the harm to everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender, from homophobic attitudes and behaviours in sport.
This page will help you identify approaches that are based on research and evidence and therefore more likely to be effective. If you have a study that you want added to this page, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOZENS OF MANUALS AND GUIDES FOR LGBTQ SPORT INCLUSION HAVE BEEN CREATED.
THEY ARE RARELY USED BY COACHES AND ATHLETES
COMMUNITY PRIDE GAMES
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Two recent studies have found big differences in homophobic, transphobic, and sexist behaviors and attitudes at amateur (collegiate, community) sports clubs which have held pride games. There was no change to language or attitudes for people who attended or watched (learn why), only those who were part of the club that hosted an event following this model. You can read an analysis of the results here, a summary here and the actual studies here and here.
WHY CURRENT METHODS TO STOP HOMOPHOBIC BANTER FAIL
The methods used in sport over the last 20 years need to be redesigned. They focus on ‘attitudes’ which are not the cause of most problems in sport. This video outlines better approaches.