Research examining physical activity levels among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minority (LGBT+) people is limited. National estimates indicate that half of all LGBT+ people say they would not join a sports club, twice the number of their heterosexual counterparts. 4 One study noted not only the existence of prejudice, homophobia and discrimination in sport but a lack of expertise to address these barriers. The source of prejudice around LGBT+ issues in sport was traced to ‘the application of gender stereotypes and gender perceptions of masculinity and femininity’. 5 This may increase the risk of physical inactivity and related long-term health problems.

A key recommendation for tackling obesity from the recent 5-19s health needs assessment is to get a greater proportion of young people to be active every day, especially among the LGBT+ community. 6

References

  1. Public Health England, “Health matters: getting every adult active every day,” 2016.
  2. Northern Ireland Assembly, “Barriers to sports and physical activity participation,” 2010.
  3. London Borough of Hackney and Corporation of the City of London, “Health Needs Assessment for 5-19 year olds,” 2016.
  4. Public Health England, “Health matters: getting every adult active every day,” 2016.
  5. Northern Ireland Assembly, “Barriers to sports and physical activity participation,” 2010.
  6. London Borough of Hackney and Corporation of the City of London, “Health Needs Assessment for 5-19 year olds,” 2016.