International Day against Homophobia

Within the framework of an EU project the German Sport University Cologne is conducting research concerning the experiences of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans- and intersexuals in sport. The study is accomponied by the social media campagne #yourvoicecounts.

The project aims at:

  • Raising awareness about discrimination in sport based on sexual orientation and gender identity through information and awareness-raising campaigns 
  • Improving good governance in sport (organisations) specifically in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity discriminations 
  • Fostering capacity-building and education against intolerance and discrimination for coaches and staff of the organisation by developing a training toolkit for sport operators to promote an innovative approach to tackle hate crime and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in sport
  • Promoting sport itself as a tool for the prevention of discrimination, bullying and hate-crime based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Encouraging social inclusion and raise equal opportunities in sport organisations by supporting the implementation of EU strategies
  • Developing and proposing new guidelines concerning LGBTI rights into the next EU Work Plan for Sport, which shall be based on the principles of the EU Gender Equality Strategy and the other legal basis of the EU

As part of the Outsport project, the German Sport University Cologne just launched the first Europe-wide online survey on LGBTI people and sport under the supervision of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ilse Hartmann-Tews. The idea is to provide a more accurate picture of sexual diversity and gender identities in sport across Europe and to use the results as a basis for further education, awareness raising and change campaigns in sport (Outsport). 

To the online survey:
The European-wide online survey is available in six languages (German, English, Italian, French, Spanish and Hungarian) - to take part please click here.

Further information:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ilse Hartmann-Tews
Institute of Sociology and Gender Studies
Tel.: +49 221 4982-3770