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Lesbian, gay and bisexual people in sport

Lesbian gay and bisexual people in sport (2013) is the result of joint research by Stonewall Cymru and Sport Wales on lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s experiences of discrimination on and off the sports field, exploring the barriers they face to participation as players or spectators.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people in sport (2012)

Key findings

  • 75 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual people have heard homophobic ‘banter’ while either watching or playing sport.
  • Half (49 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual people said they had experienced verbal abuse
  • while playing or watching sport due to their sexual orientation. More than one in ten (12 per cent) have experienced physical abuse.
  • A third (33 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual people had experienced exclusion or isolation while playing or watching sport because of their sexual orientation.
  • 72 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual people would be more likely to participate in club sport if the club was marketed as inclusive of LGB people (or ‘LGB-friendly’).
  • Half (51 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual people would be more likely to participate if a club was primarily for LGB people.