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Friday, November 25, 2011

HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORT- SURVEY nov. 2011

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              MEDIA RELEASE November 2011.   JUST A BALL GAME?   -SURVEY.

      A LOOK AT HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORT.

The research published in this documentation was conducted by Lindsay England founder of “Just a Ball Game?” (“JBG?”)  in partnership with the TUC’s LGBT Committee. This survey is the second phase of three pieces of research conducted by "JBG?". The first being a report titled ‘’We’re not homophobic.’’

During the summer of 2011, Just a Ball Game? conducted a short survey to look into HOMOPHOBIA in SPORT. Below are the key findings from the survey.


a.         Just over a third, 34%,feel the need to participate in sport or leisure activities in a ‘safe space’ by being part of LGBT/LGBT friendly clubs or groups solely .
b.         Over 2/3rds stated they experienced homophobia in sport.
c.         Only 26% of respondents to the survey reported any of the homophobia they witnessed to an appropriate body.
d.         Only 8 out of 92 who responded to the question ‘’Do you feel satisfied with the responses you got when you reported the homophobia?’’ felt that the response they got after reporting the homophobia was satisfactory.
e.         Despite the amount and levels of homophobia around sport over 60% of those who answered the survey say they attend sport events on a regular basis.

Just a Ball Game? believe that ‘’For LGBT’s to be fully accepted, respected and integrated as athletes we need to eradicate the conservative environment which still pretends there is no homosexuality in sport. As homophobia constitutes its self in many forms and there is a need for education throughout both professional and grass roots sports to fully understand this, one of the biggest steps taken would be for a zero tolerance to be introduced by all involved. Sport also needs to be more open and show visibility to any work achieved around LGBT inclusion. ’’
 ‘’SAY NO TO HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORT’’

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Contact: Lindsay England    info.justaballgame@yahoo.com
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