Published February 11, 2008
Canada is a global leader in promoting sport environments and experiences that are safe and inclusive. Harassment, bullying, violence and homophobia undermine the powerful potential of sport to contribute to personal, social and community development. This position paper prepared by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is designed to initiate a discussion among Canadian sport leaders on homophobia in sport. The paper includes useful definitions, makes a case for why homophobia diminishes the power of sport, and offers practical action steps for both individual leaders and sport organizations who wish to eradicate homophobia in the sport environment.