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REPORT: Gay College Athletes Experience More Negative Climate

A study released last week examined the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer-identified college athletes and found that they perceive a more negative climate than their heterosexual peers. For example, LGBQ students reported experiencing harassment twice as much as their heterosexual peers, and they were 28 times more likely to report that their harassment was based on their sexual identity. They are also four times as likely to be pressured to be silent about their identity. LGBQ student-athletes similarly reported that they were three times more likely to experience harassment in on-campus housing than heterosexual student-athletes. The report suggests that athletic personnel find innovative ways to prevent such harassment to ensure academic and athletic success.

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