Now that They’re Out: Experiences of College Athletics Teams with Openly LGBTQ Players

Katrina Pariera, Evan Brody, D. Travers Scott

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In recent years, more college athletes have publicly identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ). Our study seeks to move past media celebrations and controversies of “coming out” and examine actual experiences of LGBTQ athletes and their teammates. A survey of 259 LGBTQ athletes and teammates of LGBTQ athletes was conducted. We examined concerns about being or playing with LGBTQ athletes, sources of homophobic language, experiences and observations of discrimination, and perceived impact of being or playing with an LGBTQ athlete. Findings indicate that many fears associated with college athletes coming out are likely overstated. All participants reported low levels of concern, homophobia, and negative impact of being or playing with an LGBTQ teammate. However, there were some differences between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ athletes with non-LGBTQ athletes reporting fewer concerns, but also hearing less homophobic language than their LGBTQ counterparts. programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-751
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors gratefully acknowledge that this research was supported by a grant from the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


  • Bias
  • college athletes
  • discrimination
  • homophobia
  • intergroup contact
  • sports
  • varsity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology (all)


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