The AEI is an ongoing assessment of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletic departments’ policies and practices around LGBTQ inclusion.
Launched in 2017 and updated in 2019, this first-of-its-kind report provides a comprehensive look at how NCAA athletic departments are supporting their LGBTQ student-athletes, coaches, administrators, staff, and fans.Learn More Read the Executive Summary
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Despite a growing number of athletes coming out as LGBTQ+ in college (and before being recruited), less than 3% of NCAA D-I athletes compete in departments that fully protect their LGBTQ+ identities.
92% of Division-1 athletic departments don’t have fully inclusive trans athlete policies.
When LGBTQ+ educational resources are available, LGBTQ+ student-athletes and staff can seek resources and support without fear of repercussions. Yet, 70% of Division-I athletic departments do not offer any resources.
Of over 9,000 sport fans surveyed, the majority believed spectator stands were the most dangerous and unwelcoming of all places for LGBTQ+ people in sports. Still, a vast majority of D-I athletic departments (80%) do not have a fan code of conduct or guide for fan behavior of any kind.