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Sport Allies submits written evidence to official UK government inquiry into homophobia in sport.

Sport Allies today provided written evidence to a Commons Select Committee investigating homophobia in sport.  A previous inquiry into racism in football (soccer) had concluded that homophobia was emerging as a bigger problem than other forms of discrimination in sport, and this inquiry has been launched in response.

The committee has expressed particular interest in:

  • Looking at the experiences of gay sportsmen and sportswomen; what do these tell us about different sports and the progression of attitudes in general?
  • The approach of governance bodies throughout sport; how does homophobic abuse compare to other forms of harassment? How successful have governing bodies been in tackling this issue?
  • How is homophobia being tackled at school? What actions are taken by teachers and coaches involved in youth and amateur sport to ensure homophobia is challenged at any early stage?
  • Does football have a particular problem with homophobia in comparison to other sports?
  • Is homophobic abuse more of an issue in traditionally “masculine” sports? And looking specifically at the experience of women who play sport: is there more acceptance in the female game or is homophobia just as prevalent amongst women?
  • What effect has the advent of social media had on discrimination in sport, in general?

Sport Allies' submission has focused primarily on homophobia and the role of masculinity in excluding young people from sport in schools and other youth settings.

The Sport Allies submission can be downloaded at the link below.

Sport Allies DCMS Submission Final

3 comments to “Sport Allies submits written evidence to official UK government inquiry into homophobia in sport.”

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  1. Johnny - November 25, 2016 at 7:42 am Reply

    What great news, thank you for all the work you do.

  2. Martin - December 17, 2016 at 1:14 am Reply

    This is a very positive way forward. I hope it encourages more like it. The work is all in good taste, driven by or suggesting a very viable way forward. I have seen already some changes in attitudes but there is long way to go yet to break down barriers.
    I swam recently with a club that happens to be for gay people and their friends. it was driven by sport and fitness and carried a great atmosphere – it reminded me of the WR callendars!

  3. V. Todd Waters - December 22, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply

    I appreciate all that you do for the cause. Your calendars are fantastic, but I would love to see some more men with some hairy chest!

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