As part of ENGSO Equality in sport action plan, the Equality Within Sport (EWS) Committee has commissioned research on the state of equality within the European sport sector. The aim of the study was to collect up-to-date data that correlate with topics related to the LGBTQI+ community and its participation in sport. Here are some of the main findings.
Preliminary background research and analysis of existing studies helped to identify the four specific interests of this study:
You can download the individual factsheets with key numbers from the conducted research for each subtopic on the EWS page.
The study highlighted how the participation of LGBTQI+ community in sport could be used to counteract the social and physical distance and loneliness that was reported during the covid-19 pandemic by the LGBTQI+ sport community. It also stressed the importance of safeguarding measures and ensuring that sport offers a safe space for the LGBTQI+ community to practise sport in. Finally, the research enabled the EWS to receive valuable ideas about how to make sport more LGBTQI+ friendly.
(1)Through decision-making, by:
(2) Through representation & education, by:
(3) Through regular evaluation & monitoring of:
and by considering/implementing (new) actions to welcome everybody if the evaluation reveals weaknesses.
Note: After the initial literature search conducted in April 2022 by the commissioned researcher, Anne Schomöller from Germany, the data derived from an online questionnaire for athletes and from structured interviews with athletes that ENGSO EWS committee conducted in July – August 2022. The questionnaire was distributed in 13 languages (Albania, English, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish). 186 athletes filled out the online questionnaire and 6 interviews were conducted with athletes during the EuroGames 2022 as well as online.