Athletic Equality Index (AEI)

The AEI is an ongoing assessment of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletic departments’ policies and practices around LGBTQ inclusion.

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About the AEI

Initially conducted biannually in 2017 and 2019 and now updated regularly on this evergreen site, the AEI is a first-of-its-kind report providing a comprehensive look at how NCAA D-I institutions are supporting their LGBTQ student-athletes, coaches, administrators, staff, and fans.

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High-Level Findings, as of 2023:

Despite a growing number of athletes coming out as LGBTQ+ in college (and before being recruited), less than 6% of NCAA D-I athletes compete in departments that fully protect their LGBTQ+ identities through policies and practices captured by AEI metrics.

88% of NCAA Division-I athletic departments do not have fully inclusive, public transgender athlete policy.

When LGBTQ+ educational resources are available, LGBTQ+ student-athletes and staff can seek resources and support without fear of repercussions. Yet, 77% of Division-I athletic departments do not offer any resources.

Of over 9,000 sport fans surveyed, the majority believe spectator stands are the most dangerous and unwelcoming of all places for LGBTQ+ people in sports. Still, 66% of D-I athletic departments do not have a published code of conduct or guide for fan behavior that protects against abuse.