Homophobia in sport
Homophobia is a large barrier to sport participation. Research findings from out on the fields suggest in New Zealand 76% of people believe that homosexual athletes are not fully accepted in the sporting environment, and 71% believe that youth team sport is not a safe environment for gay people.
The Waterboy is launching a speaker series across New Zealand Secondary Schools to help tackle this issue. We are sourcing athletes who will speak to teenagers with three main objectives:
Comfort through normality, those who are learning they have a different sexuality. Ensure these students realize they do not have to give up sport, nor should they let their sexuality stop them from participating in sport.
Let straight students realize that derogatory homophobic terms, even when said without malice, make it difficult for homosexual people to become comfortable with their sexuality.
By donating to this cause you will enable us to speak at more schools throughout New Zealand and have more impact on many of our current and future leaders.