The impacts of discriminatory experiences on lesbian, gay and bisexual people in sport.

Symons, C.M., O'Sullivan, G.A. and Polman, R.C.J., 2016. The impacts of discriminatory experiences on lesbian, gay and bisexual people in sport. Annals of leisure research, pp. 1-23. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/11745398.2016.1251327

Abstract

This study examines the nature and impact of sexist and homophobic discrimination experienced by lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGB) in Australian sporting settings. A mixed methods online survey was utilized to collate participant experiences. The findings suggest that, in sport, participants experienced sexism directly and systemically, and homophobia explicitly and implicitly. Women experienced sexism and homophobia, whilst men reported more homophobic events. The most mentioned impacts of discrimination were negative emotions such as sadness, anger, distress and shame, followed by negative engagement with sport such as disliking sport, or avoiding or leaving sport. The well-recognized benefits of sport such as physical and mental well-being, social connections, enjoyment, positive identity and achievement may be more difficult to realize within this context of significant social stress.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1174-5398
Additional Information:18 month embargo Accepted 17 Oct 2016, Published online: 04 Nov 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords:sport, homophobia, sexism, minority stress, impact, lesbian, gay, bisexual
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:24983
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:28 Nov 2016 15:49
Last Modified:11 Jan 2017 10:07

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