Research confirms the numerous and growing physical and social benefits that sports offer: physical activity has long-term health benefits that include stress and anxiety reduction, positive cardiovascular impacts, and improvements in self-esteem and confidence. Sport has the potential to provide a space that brings people and communities together, where social interactions can facilitate empathetic connections with coaches, peers and other role models. With these benefits in mind, this literature review explores how accessible sport is for the 2SLGBTQI community in Canada.
This guide is intended for use by scholars, advocates, and people who are involved sports organizations. It describes the problems that lead to the invisibility, exclusion, and abuse of 2SLGBTQI people in sports, highlighting the need for community education and involvement. It also includes recommendations for positive change in sports organizations, within academia, and in federal policy.