Play to Win: Improving the Lives of LGBTQ Youth in Sports
For millions of Americans, sport embodies our ideals of equality, fairness, perseverance, discipline and integrity. On the field, court or track, in the ring, on the ice, or in the stands, we transcend our differences in the spirit of honest competition and perseverance. But in too many places, sports are not always a safe or affirming space for aspiring LGBTQ athletes.
80 percent of LGBQ teenagers are not out to their coaches;
82 percent of transgender teenagers are not out to their coaches;
41 percent of transgender boys, 34 percent of transgender girls and 31 percent of non-binary youth never feel safe in the locker room;
- Only 24 percent of LGBTQ youth say they play a school sport, compared to 68 percent of a national sample of all youth.