Athlete Ally: An initiative to end homophobia and transphobia in the sporting community

Athlete Ally aims to put an end to "locker room" culture and talk. It ends to rid sports of any traces of homophobia and transphobia.

The Problem

A 2015 study, called "Out on the Fields", was the first international study of homophobia in sports. The study focused on six countries (US, Ireland, UK, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia). Of the 9,500 people interviewed, 80% of them acknowledged having witnessed homophobic behavior in sports. The study found few positive indicators that LGBTQ students should feel safe participating in sports related activities. And out of the six countries surveyed, the United States ranked worst in homophobia and discrimination. If we are going to address issues of gender equality and nonconformity, there may be no better place to start than with sports.

The Solution

Athlete Ally is a registered nonprofit organization that undertakes public awareness campaigns and educational programming to making sporting environments safer for LGBTQ students performing as high school, college, or professional athletes. The organization mobilizes ambassadors to foster allies at these three levels and seeks buy-in from various schools, colleges, and professional athletic institutions.

Stage of Development

  • Early Stage
  • Established Prototype
  • Scaling
  • Other

Organization to Receive Funds

Athlete Ally

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