Organizers of the Bingham Cup in tandem with the Sydney Convicts rugby club have brought together a team of experts to launch the first international study on homophobia in sport.
The study “Out on the Fields” will examine a wide-variety of areas, including how often athletes witness or experience homophobic slurs, jokes and bullying such as the slur heard during the recent U-20 NRL State of Origin match, which resulted in a two match suspension for young West Tigers player Mitchell Moses.
Globally respected experts from six universities are donating their time to act as advisors and reviewers for the study, the first of its kind in the world.
The seven researchers involved are from Victoria University (Melbourne), Pennsylvania State University, University of Massachusetts, Laval University (Canada), University of Winnipeg (Canada) and Brunel University (London).
The actual data is being collected and managed at no cost by the global sports market research firm, Repucom.
The researchers have reviewed the study questions/approach and will review the raw data, analysis and final report supplied by Repucom.
“Australians are playing an important international role in helping to end homophobia in sport by shining a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination, particularly in team sports," Dr. Caroline Symons from Melbourne’s Victoria University said.
"This study will help determine how often people witness or experience homophobia, how many stay in the closet and which team sporting environments are the least welcoming for same-sex attracted people.
"The research will also help us compare Australia’s sporting culture with other countries, which will help us identify which countries are doing the best work in this area.”
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