I mentioned in a previous post that GSB had received a reply from Sport England into our inquiry regarding sexuality and sporting participation. This year Sport England re-introduced an element into their annual survey which asked participants to identify their sexual preference.
The fact that there were no results referring to this data on the Sport England website didn’t stop GSB. We contacted Sport England and requested some of their results on sexual preference from the most recent survey.
According to the researchers working on the Active People survey, the information is still being analysed and further results can be expected soon. However, Alan Dovastan from Sport England was able to tell us that early analysis suggests you are more likely to participate in sport if you are gay or lesbian than if you are heterosexual.
“Early indications suggest that you are more likely to participate in sport if you are gay or lesbian, than if you are heterosexual although further analysis of the figures is currently being undertaken and more detail will be available from the Sport England website shortly,” he said.
Half of the survey’s 166,00 participants were asked the following question:
Describe how they think of themselves, please say ‘yes’ when you hear the option that best describes how you think
• Heterosexual or Straight
• Gay or Lesbian
According to the Office for National Statistics, 1.5% of the British population is gay.
Just over a third of England’s general population (34.6%) do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity sport each week. Findings suggest the figure for the gay and lesbian population is slightly higher, although exact statistics were not provided by Sport England. Researchers are apparently in the process of cross-analysing the responses with gender to give a more complete picture of this group.
More data from the rest of the survey is available on the website.
What do you think? Is how much sport you do really influenced by your sexual orientation? What reasons could explain these findings? We’d love to hear your views, so e-mail/tweet/fb/bash us around the head with a frying pan, and let us know what you think!