81% of Canadians have witnessed or experienced homophobia in sports, while 84% of gay men and 88% of lesbians have experienced slurs in sport environments. A recent study of B.C. youth indicated that gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are half as likely to play sports as straight teens. viaSport aims to foster a culture of inclusivity and build awareness of the issues experienced by sexual and gender minorities in sport, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2S) communities, as well as those identifying as queer, non-binary, or gender variant.
To create more inclusive, safe and welcoming spaces for all British Columbians to participate in sport and physical activity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, viaSport is partnering with community leaders on the following education, promotion and awareness building activities:
- Partnering with You Can Play to create public awareness around the need for inclusivity in sport and demonstrate allyship with the LGBTQI2S community
- Building capacity in the sector by helping coaches, parents, athletes and volunteers understand how to create inclusive spaces for individuals that identify with the LGBTQI2S community
- Leading an Inclusion Ambassador Program to allow individuals to stay easily connected to research, trends, and best practice recommendations in the LGBTQI2S area