By Matthew Baniak and Ian Jobling
(JOH No. 1/2014) Sport remains “one of the last bastions of cultural and institutional homophobia” in Western societies, despite the advances made since the birth of the gay rights movement. In a heteronormative culture such as sport, lack of knowledge and understanding has led to homophobia and discrimination against openly gay athletes. The Olympic Games are no exception to this stigma. The goal of the Olympic Movement is to “… contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport united with art and culture practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding.”
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[Messrs. Baniak and Jobling won the ISOH Award for the best JOH article 0f 2014.]