Silence as a system
Fighting the silence
Fighting prejudice is all of society’s concern. Everyone is called on to break the silence surrounding the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in the sports world, by speaking about:
the silence of those who are targeted by jokes and taunts for being gay or lesbian;
the silence on moral damage to gay men and lesbians which results in their exclusion;
the silence over the need to hide being gay or lesbian in the sports world;
the built-in silence in the sports world;
the silence by sports world figures who still deny that sexual minority issues exist;
the silence by the media about being gay and lesbian in the sports world;
the silence by athletes who do nothing about homophobic comments, attitudes, and behavior they witness.
Did you know ?
In a study conducted in 2014 in 6 English-speaking countries including the US, Canada and the United Kingdom, 44% of adult gay men said they hide their orientation for fear of being rejected by their teammates.
Speaking about silence
Changing attitudes and behaviour is no small affair. Like society as a whole, the sports world has been built on values from a time when being gay or lesbian was forbidden and condemned. Combating homophobia requires a joint effort from everyone involved in the sports world. Tackling the silence surrounding sexual diversity in the sports world is the responsibility of all those involved.
Déclaration contre l'homophobie
In 2010, not all Canadians seemed ready for a gay athlete
According to our survey, conducted in 2010:
78% of Quebecers and 72% of other Canadians find that in the world of sport, the question of homosexuality is kept silent. Only 14% of Canadians disagreed.
1 in 5 Canadians think that knowing an athlete's sexual orientation would influence the public's appreciation of that athlete in a negative way.
One-third of Canadians think that gay athlete do not have the same chance to succeed in their career as heterosexual athlete.
61% of respondents agree that the world of sport is an unwelcoming environment for gay men and 45% think it is unwelcoming for lesbians.