LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Sport

What does LGBTIQ+ mean?

LA lesbian woman is romantically and/or sexually attracted to other women.

GA gay person is romantically and/or sexually attracted to people of the same sex and/or gender as themselves. This term is often used to describe men who are attracted to other men, but some women and gender diverse people may describe themselves as gay.

BA bisexual person is romantically and/or sexually attracted to people of their own gender and other genders. 

TA trans (short for transgender) person is someone whose gender does not exclusively align with the one they were assigned at birth.

IAn intersex person is born with atypical natural variations to physical or biological sex characteristics such as variations in chromosomes, hormones or anatomy.

QQueer is often used as an umbrella term for diverse genders or sexualities. Some people use queer to describe their own gender and/or sexuality if other terms do not fit.


For a full Inclusive Language Guide, please click here

Why is LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport important?

  • Just over 10% of the Australian population openly identifies as part of the LGBTIQ+ community.
  • More than half of all transgender people, a quarter of males and 10% of females, avoided playing sports they would like to play because of their sexuality or gender identity. 
  • 80% of all sports participants in Australia have experienced or witnessed discrimination on the basis of sexuality.
  • Nearly half of all sports participants aren’t out as sexually or gender diverse to their sporting peers.

How can our club engage the LGBTIQ+ community?

  • Celebrate inclusion with LGBTIQ+ events
  • Take a no-tolerance approach to discrimination at your club and enforce policies to back this up
  • Invite the community into your club by ensuring inclusive language and inclusion of the pride flag. 
  • Explore and promote mix-gendered participation opportunities.
  • Support key dates for the LGBTIQ+ community on your social media channels, website, at games, events, etc.

More information

For resources and more information, please visit our Inclusive Clubs resources page by clicking here.