Let’s boot homophobia out of sport for good!
Western Sydney Rollers is proud to support a new initiative to give homophobia in sport the boot for good!
We think the only thing that should matter in sport is how you perform on the track (field, court etc). It’s 2016. No one should feel so intimidated that they hide their sexuality from their friends, fans and teammates. Together with our friends at Pride in Diversity, we are determined to make a difference.
The 2015 international study ‘Out On The Fields’ highlighted just how widespread homophobia is in sport:
- 46% of participants believed that LGB’s are not accepted in sporting culture (versus 1% that did)
- 73% of gay men surveyed felt that homophobia is more common in team sports than other parts of society
- 84% of people who took part said homophobic jokes occur “all the time”, “often” or “sometimes”
We won’t sit on the sidelines while something like homophobia threatens to taint the sporting community – participation is for everyone.
That’s why Western Sydney Rollers is going rainbow and lacing up for the Rainbow Round of Support between Thursday 31 to Monday 4 April, 2016.
We’re proud of the fact that roller derby is an inclusive sport and we’re inviting every sporting player and fan – regardless of your sport of choice -to don rainbow laces and join us in this important initiative – let’s work together to make 2016 the year homophobia ceases to exist in sports!