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.

LGB postcardIn the 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 sport.

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.

Blogs

We have developed a range of blogs and postcards which can be downloaded on the right hand side of this page.