Leading the Way: 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion in Sport

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The Need:

While progress has been made towards greater 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in sport, there is still much work to be done.  According to the Out on the Fields study, 81% of Canadian participants witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport.  Everybody in sport has a role to help make sport safe and inclusive for those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

The Solution:

This workshop provides sport leaders, including coaches, athletes and officials, with the opportunity to understand what LGBTQphobia is and how it can hurt their organization.

Designed to allow for an open and honest conversation about LGBTQphobia and how sport leaders can play a role in making sport more accepting of sexual and gender diversity, participants will build an understanding of:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and two spirit (2SLGBTQ+) language;
  • How to deal with sensitive issues such as same-sex relationships amongst teammates; and,
  • How to review policies and practices to ensure they are equitable.

The Impact:

“I’ve learned how to create a Brave Space and how to acknowledge and navigate blind spots in my own LGBTQI2S inclusion knowledge to help support athletes and participants so that our programming can be more inclusive of people’s lived experience.”

Program Participant

In a recent survey of program participants, 100% of respondents said the information and skills they gained through this workshop were valuable to their work and they would share lessons learned with their network.

Leading the Way: 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion in Sport workshops and presentations are delivered by the Canadian Women & Sport Program Lead for 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion in Sport, Christine Hsu. Known for their subject-matter expertise in 2SLGBTQ+ sport inclusion, Christine will tailor the session to meet each organization’s needs.