Seeing someone who looked like me being open about who they are and who they love was such a powerful, personal affirmation. Not least of all because bi people are often the forgotten part of the LGBT acronym and that can make coming out as bi extremely difficult. Stonewall research shows that three in ten bi men 30 per cent cannot be open about their sexual orientation with any of their friends, compared to just two per cent of gay men and one per cent of lesbians. We know there are still many misconceptions about LGBT people in sport, and, unfortunately, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic attitudes and language remain a persistent problem. One way of creating change in sports is to have more visible lesbian, gay, bi and trans role models.
LGBT+ young people in sport | Child Protection in Sport Unit
The world's first international study on homophobia in sport, "Out on the Fields," has found widespread homophobia in UK sport, prompting calls for a zero tolerance approach towards discrimination and better training for coaches, teachers and officials. The research, on behalf of the Bingham Cup the world cup of gay rugby and affiliated sports groups, was conducted by the global sports market research firm Repucom and overseen by a panel of seven academics from six universities, including Brunel University London. The results show that despite the prevalence of homophobia , more young gay and lesbian athletes are coming 'out of the closet' than ever before. Gay men in the UK under the age of 22 were nearly twice as likely to be out of the closet to their entire team 30 per cent than in most other English speaking countries. In the UK, spectator stands as well as reports of homophobic violence stood out as major areas of concern.
Thomas Beattie: Former footballer becomes second British player to come out as gay
Super League referee James Child has expressed his delight with the reaction to his public revelations over his sexuality. Child, who has a male partner, told the podcast he came out to his fellow referees about 10 years ago but resisted calls to go public until now. Child says he was prompted to open up to his fellow referees following an incident around in which he was homophobically abused by a coach and thought he was going to be physically assaulted. Child says he has had no contact with the unnamed coach since and, although he told the BBC he did not believe the RFL handled either of the cases well, he thinks lessons have been learned. We all say things in the heat of the moment which we later regret.
However, for a lot of sports stars, their sexuality is either kept quiet, closeted, or the subject of some completely bogus conjectures. These stars were all rumored to be gay Still, despite his heroic statements, he now thinks that coming out hurt his career, and he may be right: Sam was the first SEC Defensive Player of the Year in eight years drafted outside the first round — waiting until the seventh round for the St. Louis Rams to pick him up and that was just eight picks before being entirely shut out. Soon the Rams cut him and he landed a spot on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before retiring in to focus on his mental health.