Sport is still awash with homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. New research for the Rainbow Laces campaign shows that:
• 72 per cent of football fans have heard anti-LGBT remarks at games over the last five years
• One in five 18 to 24-year-old sports fans say they’d be embarrassed if their favourite player came out
• Young sports fans are twice as likely to say anti-LGBT language is harmless if it’s just meant as 'banter'
• From a young age, many lesbian, gay, bi and trans people get the message that they are not welcome in sport.
Most sport fans and players do welcome and accept LGBT teammates and fans. We can’t let a small but vocal minority spoil the game for everyone else.
To make sport everyone’s game we need to come together to show that we support LGBT fans and players – as fans, players, clubs, leagues, governing bodies and sponsors. Whether or not you love sport, you can still play your part in helping the next generation of LGBT people thrive in sport.
Help us today: commit to make sport everyone’s game. Sign the pledge and share your commitment on social media, tag five friends who love sport and ask them to make a commitment too.
We need to send a positive message to our friends, our families and those who play and cheer alongside us: we welcome LGBT people in sport and we want to make sport everyone’s game.
Keep sharing. Together we can make sport everyone’s game.