For many students, including many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students who participated in this research, sport is an important part of university or college life. Yet many LGBT students feel excluded or uncomfortable participating in sport because of factors including the culture, structure and physical environment in which sport takes place.
In 2011, as the UK prepared to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the NUS LGBT campaign launched a research project into the sporting experiences of LGBT students. The project consisted of a literature review, an online survey of 845 LGBT students and nine workshops with students across the UK. Both the survey and the workshops explored LGBT students’ experiences participating in and coming out in sport, as well as the barriers that prevent LGBT students from getting more involved in sport.
The NUS LGBT campaign believes that LGBT students should be able to fully