The Outsport project is the first initiative at European level to gather scientific evidence about discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in sport, and to set itself the ambitious aim of enhancing the impact of sports as a tool to tackle discrimination.

The project seeks to address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and interphobia in sport through communication, awareness raising, training, and scientific research.

Outsport is co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus program and involves five European countries: Italy, Scotland, Germany, Austria, and Hungary.


Outsport has been gathering scientific evidence about discrimination in sport based on sexual orientation and gender identity in two stages. The first objective has been to collect reliable data about the experiences of LGBTI athletes in different fields of sport in Europe. The second aim has been to explore the role of relevant stakeholders to tackle discrimination in sport.

The German Sport University Cologne is leading the scientific research part of the project. You can download the full report of the findings of the first part of the research here.

Main Goals

Raise awareness about discrimination in sport based on sexual orientation and gender identity through information and awareness-raising campaigns

Improve good governance in sport (organisations) specifically in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity discriminations.

Foster capacity-building and education against intolerance and discrimination for coaches and staff of the organisation by developing a training toolkit for sport operators to promote an innovative approach to tackle hate crime and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in sport.

Promote sport itself as a tool for the prevention of discrimination, bullying and hate-crime based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Encourage social inclusion and raise equal opportunities in sport organisations by supporting the implementation of EU strategies.

Developing and proposing new guidelines concerning LGBTI rights into the next EU Work Plan for Sport, which shall be based on the principles of the EU Gender Equality Strategy and the other legal basis of the EU.


AICS (Coordinator) – Italian Association for Culture and Sports

DSHS – German Sport University of Cologne, Institute of Sociology and Gender Studies

LEAP Sports Scotland

VIDC – Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation

FRIGO – Organisation for Fresh Ideas

Rainbow Youth for Sporting Equality

Beyond2: Perspectives on hetero/homo normativity in sports