New survey: 90% of LGBTQ people are worried about homophobia in sport
Wherever you are in the world, school can be a challenging time of life – particularly if you identify as LGBTQ or you’re exploring your sexuality.
One of the initiatives trying to support young queer people is Outsport – a program that is working to use sport as a tool to help educate people about equality and the need to support LGBTQ people in school.
Financed by the European Commission, Outsport has been a three-year project, exploring innovative and educational approaches to prevent violence and tackle discrimination in sport, with a particular focus on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Projects like Outsport – that seeks to address homophobia and transphobia in sport through scientific research, communication and training – help us create more resilient and inclusive societies…” said Marisa Fernández Esteban, Deputy Head of the Sport at the European Commission.
The work of Outsport has highlighted the differences with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. The research completed by Outsport provides a detailed understanding of anti-LGBTQ attitudes in sport and in different sport disciplines and environments, as lived and perceived by LGBTQ people.
One of the key outcomes of the Outsport project has the research conducted by the German Sport University of Cologne. Looking at the experience of LGBTQ people in sport, more than 5,500 LGBTQ people from across Europe were surveyed. Findings included:
90% of respondents consider homophobia and particularly transphobia in sport a current problem.
20% refrain from participating in a sport of interest due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
16% of respondents who are currently active in any sports have had at least one negative personal experience in the last 12 months that was related to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
46% of trans people who are currently active in any sports have had at least one negative personal experience in the last 12 months that was related to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Outsport has produced resources for national sports bodies, sports organisations, and schools to help tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.
Outsport is coordinated by AICS (Italian Association for Culture and Sport) with partners from Scotland (LEAP sports), Germany (German Sport University, Cologne), Austria (VIDC) and Hungary (Frigo).