In 2019, we embarked on an innovative project to improve LGBT+ inclusion.
The project stemmed from the ideas of local LGBT+ young people and three alarming facts:
We’re passionate that this needs to change. So we applied to Sport England‘s workforce innovation fund to investigate the role the workforce plays, or could play, in supporting LGBT+ people to be active.
55% of LGBT men were not active enough to maintain good health, compared to 33% of men in the general population.
Pride Sport - Sport, Physical Activity and LGBT Report 2016
The first phase of the project aimed to fill gaps in research and understanding. We worked with Bournemouth University to explore four key questions:
We explored these questions through a survey and focus groups. Both included the views of the LGBT+ community and the local workforce.
Stop ignoring very small examples of abuse... if you aren't seen to be challenging it all the time then people will feel oppressed.
LGBT+ survey respondent
The responses from the workforce revealed that:
Participant responses revealed that:
I do feel woefully underprepared when it comes to Trans individuals. Teams and tournaments are heavily gender based.
Workforce survey respondent
Detailed comments from our focus groups reinforced the survey findings. Both the current workforce and individuals identifying as LGBT+ shared ideas about what needs to change. These included:
We’re pulling together a report to share our findings with the sector. But we will also be working with partners to turn these ideas into action.