Sound research underpins everything we do.
There is a growing body of research documenting the state of LGBTI+ inclusion in sport in Australia and internationally, the benefits of participation and challenges organisations may be faced with when creating inclusive environments. Proud 2 Play believe in the power of using evidence-based research to underpin our actions and regularly conduct this research in conjunction with sporting organisations and universities. These informed actions, combined with observations from within Australian society, give Proud 2 Play the best chance of success in working towards LGBTI+ inclusion in sport.
Key messages from the research include:
80% of all sports participants in Australia have experienced or witnessed discrimination on the basis of sexuality 
More than half of all transgender people, a quarter of males and 10% of females avoided playing sports they would like to play because of their sexuality or gender identity 
Nearly half of all sports participants aren’t out as sexuality or gender diverse to their sporting peers 
Athletic departments with a proactive diversity strategy and high sexual orientation diversity outperform their less proactive peers 
While sporting clubs may describe diversity broadly, its implementation is usually narrow 
Community demographics and changing social opinion drive commitment and resistance to diversity in sporting clubs 
Individual champions within sporting clubs are common drivers of diversity 
1 Denison E, Kitchen A. Out on the Fields. 2015.
2 Symons C, Sbaraglia M, Hillier L, Mitchell A. Come Out To Play: The Sports experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Victoria. 2010.
3 Cunningham GB. The LGBT advantage: Examining the relationship among sexual orientation diversity, diversity strategy, and performance. Sport Management Review. 2011;14(4):453-61.
4 Spaaij R, Farquharson K, Magee J, Jeanes R, Lusher D, Gorman S. A Fair Game for All? How Community Sports Clubs in Australia Deal With Diversity. Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 2014;38(4):346-65.
5 Spaaij R, Magee J, Farquharson K, Gorman S, Jeanes R, Lusher D, et al. Diversity Work in Community Sport Organizations: Commitment, Resistance and Institutional Change. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 2018;53(3):278-95.