“Sport doesn’t care if you are number one in the world, unemployed, old, a mother, a teenager, boring, straight, transgender, female, autistic, unranked, married, beautiful, a father, ugly, mean, bisexual, lesbian, poor, gay, popular, married, male, rich, blind, black, white, blue, or any other color of the rainbow, it only cares about how good you are.”
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Diversity is one of the greatest strengths within the sports community. As a leader in promoting a more tolerant and open-minded society, there is still homophobia in sports.
You are welcome as you are!
In cooperation with the Association for Diversity in Sport and Society, together we are committed to creating a society in which the sexual identity of a person plays no role in their abilities in sports. The Association for Diversity generates attention through education such as seminars, workshops and coaching regarding homophobia and sport discrimination.
The Relevance of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Sport in Europe Survey
9 out of 10 LGBT+ people said that homophobia and transphobia in sport is a problem.
Nearly 1/2 trans women reported experiencing homophobia in sport in the last year.
Negative experiences: verbal insults or slurs (82 percent), discrimination (75 percent) or verbal threats (45 percent).
1 in 5 respondents reported experiencing physical violence in the last year.
49 percent of the cases involving negative experiences, perpetrators of abuse or discrimination were the victims’ own team members.
* The EU-funded Outsport project, which aims to address homophobia and transphobia in sport, surveyed 5,500 LGBT+ people between 16 and 78 years of age living across all 28 EU member countries for the report.
Join in and help us to strengthen the diversity in sports!
The fight against homophobia is everyone’s responsibility to promote and ensure respect for the human rights and dignity of every individual, including lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons (LGBT), and to combat discrimination and violence against them on the other.
Individual athletes, participants and fans all have an ability to challenge views and impact change. Sport needs more individuals to stop, challenge unacceptable behavior and champion change for the wider community.
Together, we want to take an active step towards honest acceptance and diversity in sports worldwide – because a diverse sports landscape is an indispensable part of a diverse society.