Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Friday, May 18, 2012

UK study on homophobia in student athletes

Hat tip to Lindsay England!

About the authors:

Dr. Anthony Bush is a lecturer in sports studies, education, and coaching in the Department of Education at the University of Bath, UK. He is a former professional badminton player, coach, and television commentator for Sky Sports, STAR Sports, and ESPN. His research interests include the development of interpretive-critical research methodologies and engaging a cultural studies sensibility with sports coaching research; an ongoing project that democratizes sports coaching research, opening it to critical conversations about social justice, cultural politics, violence, and progressive futures.

Professor Eric Anderson is an American sociologist at the University of Winchester, England. He is known for his research on sport, masculinities, sexualities, and homophobia. His work shows an increasingly positive relationship between gay male athletes and sport, as well as a growing movement of young heterosexual men’s masculinity becoming softer and more inclusive. Professor Anderson also researches matters related to men’s monogamy and the function of cheating, men’s improving recognition of bisexuality, and the increased acceptance of young heterosexual men kissing. For more see his website www.EricAndersonPhD.com

Dr. Sam Carr is a lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Bath, UK. His research interests are linked to human relationships in the context of sport and physical activity.

ABSTRACT: This research provides the first-ever quantitative account of British university athletes’ attitudes toward having a gay male teammate. We use a four-year longitudinal study to investigate athletes’ attitudes concerning gay men in their sporting spaces. Using questionnaires of 216 male athletes from all university sports offered upon entry (2006), and then again upon exiting the university (2009), we show that attitudinal dispositions of homophobia have decreased from minimal (upon entrance) to non-existent (upon exit). We find that the strength of one’s athletic identity is associated with lesser degrees of support for gay teamsport athletes upon entering the university, but that this effect does not emerge upon exiting. We highlight the study’s results, situating them within inclusive masculinity theory, and discuss how results might vary at other institutions.

Read in full HERE.

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