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Study: 70% of UK’s LGBTQIA+ community say sports events aren’t inclusive enough

93% of those surveyed feel sports industry should do more to create inclusive environment.

24 May 2023 Josh Sim

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70 per cent of British people who identify as LGBTQIA+ believe there are not enough spaces at sporting events created with them in mind, according to a study conducted by The Jockey Club.


  • 93 per cent of those polled think the sports industry should be doing more to make spaces at sporting events more inclusive 
  • 80 per cent said they would feel more encouraged to attend major sporting events if there were spaces designed with them in mind
  • 35 per cent said improving spaces would make the sports industry feel more inclusive and 30 per cent said it would allow them to be among other people from the community
  • 18 per cent said the improvements would help them feel supported


The study was conducted by The Jockey Club, the largest commercial horse racing organisation in the UK, in collaboration with the sport’s official LGBTQIA+ network, Racing With Pride.

The survey sought views from the LGBTQIA+ community about whether there were enough appropriate spaces for them at major sporting events.


“We understand that the sports industry as a whole needs to be more inclusive for the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Jen Loomes, inclusion and diversity lead at The Jockey Club.

“Together with Racing with Pride, we are committed to achieving this and are starting by using the influence of one of our world famous events, The Derby Festival, to do so,” 

Coming next:

The Jockey Club has announced that it will unveil a celebratory area at racing carnival The Hill on Derby Day on 3rd June. This area is designed to kick off Pride month and encourage more people from the LGBTQIA+ community to feel empowered to attend and engage with horse racing.

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