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The Olympic Rings stand for so much more in the world than just for sport; they are transcendent, they have the ability and the power to change society and culture. The COC believes in equality for all, and that athletes should be judged by their performance on the field of play and their character as people, not for who they love or how they identify. By creating change in sport, we can create change across all segments of society. The COC is proud to release their new #OneTeam LGBTQ Inclusion video. Don’t forget: you can access all of the One Team: Creating a Safe School and Sport Environment resources for free by visiting olympic.ca/resources/oneteam.

ALL IN embodies the message of inclusion through the personalization of the LGBTQ community in collegiate and professional sports. The PSA features prominent leaders in the women’s sports community, both LGBTQ and straight ally athletes and coaches, speaking in their own intimate words on challenges, personal experiences, and necessary steps for an inclusive environment in women’s sports.

Bianka Viel and Guylaine Demers discuss breaking down the “wall of silence” related to homophobia in sport in the latest Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching.
Read the story (.pdf)

Football is for everyone. No exceptions.
March 20, 2013 - Anything which stops people participating and enjoying the national game of football has to be tackled and eradicated. That is the commitment of The FA, as football’s governing body in this country. A key part of our role on behalf of the game is to lead positive change – particularly in this, our 150th year.

2011 Outgames and Human Rights Conference Presentations


Coaching lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes: Training needs for Canadian coaches
Guylaine Demers, Université Laval
The main aim of this project is to help coaches learn how to create a welcoming environment for LGBT Canadian athletes by identifying the major challenges and fears they face when they have to coach LGBT athletes. This research project was designed to identify the training needs of coaches concerning coaching LGBT athletes.
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Addressing Homophobia in Sport: The Canadian Experience
Karin Lofstrom & Jennifer Birch-Jones, CAAWS
This presentation provides an overview of the work to address homophobia in sport in Canadian sport, and highlights the strategies needed for sustained change.
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3. Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Journey Toward LGBT Equality in School-Based Athletic Programs in the United States
Pat Griffin, Changing The Game: The GLSEN Sports Project
Helen Carroll, National Center for Lesbian Rights Sports Project
The Journey Towards LGBT Equality in School- Based Athletic Programs in the United States
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Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality: Moving Forward by the UK Government Equalities Office.
Last June Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality, the first ever cross government work plan on LGB&T rights was published. This document now builds on that work to set out clearly how the UK Government will take action to tackle LGB&T inequality. | PDF 351 KB |

UK Rugby Football League: Guidance for Rugby League Clubs: Challenging Anti Gay (homophobic) Abuse and Behaviour
The Rugby Football League (RFL) in the UK has created a new resource to address homophobia in sport. This is the first in a series of reports the RFL plans to create to make sport more welcoming of diversity. Guidance for Rugby League Clubs: Challenging Anti Gay (homophobic) Abuse and Behaviour offers practical advice on how to address homophobic language within club environment s as well as on game day. | PDF |

Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project is an education and advocacy initiative focused on addressing LGBT issues in K-12 school-based athletic and physical education programs. Explore the Changing the Game site and see how you can use their resources, activities and projects to make your school athletic and physical education programs respectful, safe and inclusive for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. (http://sports.glsen.org/)

Come Out to Play: The Sports Experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Victoria by Caroline Symons et al. | PDF 834 KB, 91 pages|

A Review of Sexual Orientation in Sport by Celia Brackenridge et al. | PDF 586 KB, 153 pages|

Declaration Against any Form of Discrimination in the Sports World – Be a part of the annual International Day Against Homophobia campaign, and support Fondation Émergence in its fight against discrimination in the sports world. www.fondationemergence.org

Homophobia in Sport — Fact of Life, Taboo Subject - Guylaine Demers’ Taboo paper - The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching | PDF 222 KB, 13 pages| HTML |(www.coach.ca)

Lesbian and Gay Rights in the World - ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association) has created an innovative global interactive map showing LGBT specific information for every country around the world. | HTML |

Harassment-free sport: Guidelines to address homophobia and sexuality discrimination in sport – Australian Sports Commission | PDF 165 KB, 24 pages |(www.ausport.gov.au)

Harassment-free Sport Information Sheet Series – Australian Sports Commission | HTML | (www.ausport.gov.au)

The Positive Approach: Recognizing, Challenging, and Eliminating Negative Recruiting Based on Actual or Perceived Sexual Orientation – National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) | PDF 396 KB, 22 pages| (www.nclrights.org)

Youth Speak Up About Homophobia and Transphobia – Egale Canada published the Phase One Report of its First National Climate Survey on Homophobia in Canadian Schools | HTML | (www.egale.ca)

It Takes A Team! Education Kit – Women’s Sports Foundation | PDF 590 KB, 92 pages | (www.womenssportsfoundation.org)

Documenting Visibility: Selected Biography on Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health – British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health | PDF 243 KB, 65 pages | (www.bccewh.bc.ca)

Issues and Research: Homophobia Resources – US Women’s Sports Foundation | HTML | (www.womenssportsfoundation.org)

Out in the Open – Training & Conditioning Magazine | HTML | (www.training-conditioning.com)

No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians: How Homophobia Still Rules in Sports – A documentary by Dee Mosbacher. Training Rules examines how women’s collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, colludes in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes. To learn more about the film and/or to watch the trailer, visit | HTML | www.trainingrules.com

Out for a Change: Addressing Homophobia in Women’s Sports – A documentary by Dee Mosbacher. Out for a Change exposes the devastating emotional impact that homophobia has on all women athletes, regardless of their sexual orientation. To learn more about the film and/or to watch the trailer, visit www.womanvision.org/out-for-a-change.html.


Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Women's Sport
by: Susan K. Cahn. www.amazon.com

Out of Bounds: Women, Sport and Sexuality
by: Helen Lenskyj. www.amazon.com

Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport
by: Pat Griffin. www.amazon.com