UA Researcher Assesses How Allied Student-Athletes Are With LGBT Community

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2:53pm
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 3:02pm

Student-athletes are often among the most recognized people on college campuses — especially at those schools with big-time sports.

A University of Arizona researcher wanted to measure how allied some college athletes are with the LGBT community. Russ Toomey devised a scale to assess whether those athletes were engaging in what might be considered allied-type behaviors, both on and off the field.

He surveyed 159 student-athletes, with a roughly 50/50 gender split. 

Toomey is an assistant professor in Family Studies and Human Development at UA, where he studies LGBTQ health disparities in kids and young adults.

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