Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality in sport
Through the Vision for Sport in Wales we have set out
that we want every child to experience the positive benefits that
participating in sport brings.
It is vital that every child, and indeed adult, is confident
that they can access high quality sporting opportunities.
Much research is already carried out by Sport Wales to track
trends in participation, perceptions and opinions - both for young
people and adults.
summer of 2012, in partnership with Stonewall Cymru, we invited lesbian, gay and
bisexual individuals living in Wales to share their views about
sport by taking part in focus groups, semi-structured interviews or
completing an online survey.
It reveals that whilst many lesbian, gay and bisexual people are
interested in sport, they have also been put off by negative
experiences or the perception that it is an unpleasant and unsafe
environment for gay people.
If these issues are not addressed, we risk excluding and not
inspiring, a generation of people from the many benefits offered by
taking part in sports. The message is clear: those involved
in the running of sport must do more to show their commitment to
tackling homophobia and encouraging gay people to take part in
Read the full report
To find out more about the findings of the report and the
recommendations put forward download the full report here.
LGBT Sport Network
On the back of the report, the LGBT Sport Cymru Network has been
established to drive LGBT equality in sport in Wales. The Network
has developed a Charter and is urging schools, clubs and national
governing bodies from across Wales to sign up.
The Charter is a commitment to a vision of a thriving LGBT
sporting community within Wales where individuals feel welcome,
safe and free from discrimination. The charter also asserts a zero
tolerance approach to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. You can
download the Charter here.
We have developed a range of blogs and postcards which can be
downloaded on the right hand side of this page.