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