Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport

Research Hub

This website was created to share links to the original Out on the Fields study, the 5-year progress report, and other international or high-quality research that you can use to support teaching, research, program development, and advocacy. 

Did you know? 

There is 50 years of evidence that homophobia and transphobia in sport is common and harmful to everyone (timeline).


Scientists recently reviewed this evidence for the IOC for the third time since 2007, and again concluded LGBTQ child and adult athletes continue to be at "high risk" of experiencing psychological, physical, and sexual abuse in sport.


Experiencing homophobic behaviour deters gay and bisexual males from participating and makes them more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm. Transphobic behavior is not common, however, transphobic attitudes remain a problem. 

LGBTQ Athletes have a uniquely high-risk of experiencing physical and psychological abuse in sport
IOC Consensus Statement 2019

Research Topics


Sport participation statistics, impact on mental and physical health, harm from PE classes


Research which has examined the underlying factors supporting discrimination 


Frequency and forms of discrimination and exclusion over time, homophobic attitudes


Evidence-based approaches to drive change, policies, links to key charities & organisations

Research News

50 years of Evidence.  20 years of Pledges.  Time for Action.

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