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Study: Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are less likely to play sports

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A new study reveals that gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens are less likely to play sports, not out of lack of desire but for fear that their coach or teammates will not understand them, and also for lack of role models.

Indeed, it is not always easy to play sports without being mocked or misunderstood.

Published by the University of British Columbia, the studythe study, which is the first of its kind in Canada, analyzed participation of students in sports from 1998 to 2013. It noted a sharp decline among high school students and especially among LGBT teenagers.

"In every year we measured, LGB youth were about half as likely, or even less, to participate in coached sports than straight youth were," said senior author Elizabeth Saewyc, a nursing professor who leads the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at UBC. "And unfortunately, that gap has persisted and even widened over time."

For example, the study shows that five out of ten gay students participated in formal or trained sports in 1998. In 2013, this number fell to three in ten.

The number of participants has decreased for lesbian and bisexual girls and bisexual boys.

For information, here transgender people are not included in the study because, before 2013, the trans* identity was not recognized.

So there are only a few years of data which is not yet sufficient to understand a behavior.

But, a study carried out in 2014 on the health of transgender youth showed that only 16% of them were engaged in sport.

Now if you feel like practicing a sport but you don't feel comfortable playing with straight people for different reasons, don't stay frustrated, there are a lot of LGBT sports associations in the world. The number of LGBT associations and possibilities available to you might surprise you.

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