The experiences of college students, including student-athletes, are ever changing, which means that faculty, staff, coaches and administrators have to recognize and act on these changes or they will quickly find themselves left behind. Those of us who work with students who identify within the queer-spectrum bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, pansexual, same-gender loving, etc. The settings of college campuses have improved for queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students over the years; yet, when research examines the experiences of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students, one group — student-athletes — is routinely absent from studies. One of the biggest changes has been the age at which students disclose their sexual identity. From the s through s, it was commonplace for queer-spectrum individuals who were planning on attending college, especially if the college was away from home, to wait until they were on campus and had developed new friends before they disclosed their identity.
When religion and the LGBT collegiate athlete collide
LGBTQ athletes in Kentucky confronted with complex challenges
The past year or so has been a good one for LGBT athletes and their quest for acceptance, fairness, justice, and equal opportunity in sports. Louis Rams drafted him. WNBA star Brittney Griner, Nike's first openly gay athlete, published a book about her life on and off the court and the peace she's found from being true to herself. LGBT athletes still face an uphill battle when it comes to acceptance and equal opportunity in sports. Consider that nearly 30 percent of LGBT athletes report being harassed or attacked for sexual orientation or gender expression while participating on a sports team, according to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's National School Climate Survey. The situation isn't any better when it comes to college athletics.
Olympics as Game Changer for Japan’s LGBT Rights
Subscriber Account active since. Throughout history, however, there have been athletes who have proudly stood up for who they are, and who have been supported by their teammates and fans. Billie Jean King is one of the most famous names in professional tennis.
On the eve of the Sochi Winter Games, more than 50 current and former Olympians have called on the Russian authorities to reconsider recently introduced anti-gay laws that forbid "gay propaganda" aimed at unders and that have led to a wave of homophobic attacks. Some of the 52 Olympians, with dozens of medals between them and including 12 Sochi competitors, have also criticised the International Olympic Committee IOC and multinational sponsors for not doing more to force Vladimir Putin's administration to scale back the legislation. The signatories to the so-called "principle six" campaign — named after the clause in the Olympic charter that supposedly guarantees non-discrimination — include the American snowboarding gold medallist Seth Wescott, the Sochi-bound Canadian biathlete Rosanna Crawford and the Australian four-man bobsled team. Other famous former Olympians who are backing the call include the tennis players Martina Navratilova and Andy Roddick, the former Leeds United footballer Robbie Rogers, and the four-time gold-medal-winning diver Greg Louganis.