CAAWS Resources

Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches
Newly revised in 2017 with the support of Sport Canada and in partnership with AthletesCAN and the Coaching Association of Canada, CAAWS’ ground-breaking resource - Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches—is a practical resource for coaches and other sport leaders to create welcoming, inclusive teams. This second edition still reflects the voices of Canadian LGBTQ and cisgender athletes and coaches, but now includes the Canadian results of the international Out on the Fields Study on Homophobia in Sport (2015), as well as the recent guidance to sport organizations on creating inclusive environments for trans identities released by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (2016).

Download the resources:

  1. Leading the Way: Executive Summary 2017 -English .pdf, 613 KB
  2. Montrer le chemin : Sommaire analytique 2017 -Français .pdf, 623 KB
  3. Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches 2017 .pdf, 2.6 MB
  4. Montrer le chemin : Travailler avec des athlètes et des entraîneurs LGBTQ 2017 .pdf, 2.7 MB
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CAAWS Position Statement - Trans Inclusion in Sport
CAAWS is very pleased to share our position statement on trans inclusion in sport. Our position statement affirms our support for the CCES’s Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport - Guidance for Sport Organizations (2016) but also further speaks to some of the issues specific to girls and women in sport. Download the Position Statement (.pdf, 6.7 MB)
CAAWS welcomes feedback on our position statement and looks forward to further conversations on this important topic. Please email any feedback to

CAAWS and CCES Jointly Oppose IAAF’s New Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification
April 2018 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the CAAWS are speaking out against the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) new Eligibility Regulations for the Female Classification that pertains to athletes with differences of sex development. Read the Press Release

LGBTQ+-PHOBIA: A Gendered Perspective
May 2018 - A presentation at Egale Canada’s inaugural LGBTQI2S Identities Conference held May 23-25, 2018 in Toronto by Jennifer Birch-Jones, CAAWS Program Lead for LGBTQI2S Inclusion in Sport collaboration with Guylaine Demers (Laval) and Camille Michon (Laval). The presentation focuses on LGBTQI2S inclusion in sport using a gender-based analysis lens, reflecting the latest Canadian research and including recommended actions sport organizations can take. Download the Presentation. (.pdf)

CAAWS Leading the Way Webinar – Latest Research and Promising Practices and Resources for LGBTQI2S Inclusion in Sport
Feb 2018 - Join CAAWS’ Jennifer Birch-Jones and Egale Action’s Guylaine Demers to discuss Guylaine’s current research on the sport experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes and the implications for sport organizations. Promising practices, new resources and initiatives underway on LGBTQI2S inclusion in sport will also be shared.
Listen to our latest webinar, February 15th, 2018
Download the February 15th, 2018 webinar slides (.pdf)

Écouter notre dernier webinaire, le 13 février 2018.
Télécharger Les diapositives de cet atelier - le 13 février 2018. (.pdf)

CAAWS 150th Celebration of Women and Sport LGBTQI2S Workshop Resources
At the October 11th celebration of women and sport, Jennifer Birch-Jones, the CAAWS Program Lead for LGBTQI2S Inclusion in Sport, was joined by Christine Hsu from Egale Canada and Rosie Cossar from the COC’s #One Team Program to deliver a 75 minute workshop Leading the Way – Gender Equity for Sexual and Gender Minorities. Download the presentation slides (.pdf)

2016 Sport Leadership Conference – Leading the Way Workshop
November 3, 2016 - Jennifer Birch-Jones
Download the presentation (.pdf, 2.23 MB)

Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches – A Focus on Trans Inclusion: Webinar
October 24, 2016, Jennifer Birch-Jones
Download the webinar presentation (.pdf, 7.15 MB)
Listen to the webinar:

CAAWS Presents LGBTQ Inclusion Resources in Sport: 2016 Ontario Educator’s Conference
Jennifer Birch-Jones was invited by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity to speak about LGBTQ inclusion in sport resources available to educators at Toronto’s City Hall on April 29th.
CAAWS Leading the Way Presentation at Ontario Educators Conference April 2016 (.pdf, 2.3 MB)

Webinar (audio and slides – 60 minutes) - Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches
with Jennifer Birch-Jones, CAAWS Program Lead, Addressing Homophobia in Sport.
Webinar recording (February 4, 2015)

Webinar (slides only) - Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches
with Jennifer Birch-Jones, CAAWS Program Lead, Addressing Homophobia in Sport (Feb 2015)
Download Slides (.ppt, 935 KB)

Webinaire (audio et diapositives - 60 minutes) - Montrer le chemin: Travailler avec des athlètes et des entraîneurs LGBT
avec Dr. Guylaine Demers, Universite de Laval
Webinar recording (March 30, 2015)

Webinaire (diapositives seulement) - Montrer le chemin: Travailler avec des athlètes et des entraîneurs LGBT
avec Dr. Guylaine Demers, Universite de Laval
Télécharger diapositives (.ppt, 892 KB) March 2015

2010 PRIDE house Legacy Report - November 2010
For the first time ever, PRIDE house pavilions in Vancouver and Whistler provided a welcoming space during the 2010 Olympic and Paralymic Games for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified / two spirited community and allies. These spaces brought the LGBT community and allies together to celebrate diversity and the achievements of their favourite Olympic and Paralympic athletes while raising awareness about the important work that still needs to be done to eliminate homophobia, particularly in the world of sport. Download the 2010 PRIDE house Legacy Report.

Seeing the Invisible, Speaking about the Unspoken
In keeping with its mandate to increase the participation of women and girls in sport and physical activity, CAAWS has prepared a position paper on addressing homophobia in sport. Homophobia - or the fear and hatred of homosexuals - is often an obstacle to participation in sport among all groups: women and men, young and old, homosexual and heterosexual. In particular, many girls and women shy away from sport out of fear they will be perceived as lesbians.

Executive Summary
| Executive Summary .pdf 179 KB 2 pages | HTML |
Position Paper
| Position Paper .pdf, 162 KB, 11 pages |

Guylaine Demers’ Taboo paper - The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching
| Taboo Paper .pdf, 222 KB, 13 pages| (

Addressing Homophobia in Sport:
Leading the Way Workshop Resources

Addressing Homophobia in Sport workshop slides | .pdf |

Participant Handouts | Handouts .pdf, 343 KB 16 pages| HTML |

How to Make your Organization a Positive Space - "Positive Space" refers to an agency that is open and welcoming, as well as equitable and accessible, to persons of all sexual and gender diversity. By creating your own "Positive Space" for LGBTQ persons in your sport organization, you will publicly acknowledge and affirm that in your organization, sexual diversity is welcomed. Here are some additional things that you can do to create your own Positive Space. .pdf | HTML |

The Coaches Chalk Talks by Pat Griffin | Chalk Talks .pdf, 293 KB, 36 pages | HTML |