Sport Allies submits written evidence to official UK Government inquiry into homophobia in sport
Sport Allies has 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?