A new online survey will gather the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in sport.
Conducted by the German Sport University Cologne and funded by the European Commission, the first ever Europe-wide research project ‘Outsport’ is open now.
Scottish partners in the Outsport project are Glasgow-based LEAP Sports. They hope the survey will help them ‘develop new approaches and educational strategies’ to combat anti-LGBT discrimination and to improve access to sport for LGBTI people.
Previously, the most comprehensive research on LGBTI issues in sport within Scotland was the Out for Sport project, which was led by Equality Network and launched in 2012. The research showed that 79% of people thought that there was a problem with homophobia in sport, 66% thought that there was a problem with transphobia in sport, and only 5% of people thought enough was being done to tackle it. This new research will help campaigners measure whether things have changed in the past 6 years.
The first findings from the survey will be published at the end of 2018.
Outsport is a European project promoted by the Italian Association for Culture and Sport (AICS) with its Lgbti Department GAYCS and by the European partners LEAP Sports Scotland, Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC), FRIGO Hungary and German Sport University (GSU).
You can view the video launching Outsport here: