Resources and Partners

CAMPUS GROUPS that support LGBT Athletes and Allies:

PATH – Penn’s Athletes and Allies Tackling Homophobia and Heterosexism

A task force at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) center that started to address the mutual concerns of Penn’s LGBT and Athletic communities. By encouraging a dialogue between the groups, we hope to create a safe environment for athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.  We also want to establish resources for those in the athletic community who wish to come out, and for heterosexual athletes and coaches to receive accurate information about LGBT issues.  By bridging the gap between the communities, our goal is to foster positive communications and ensure Penn’s Athletics program is welcoming of people of all sexual and gender identities and that the LGBT community is welcoming of athletes.

SAGSA Cal Student-Athlete Gay Straight Alliance 

The Student-Athlete Gay Straight Alliance which meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in the Cronk Room in the HPC. The mission of The Student Athlete GSA is to combat the stigma of being gay in NCAA Athletics through community outreach.

Contact: cal.sagsa@gmail.com

MAAP – Michigan Athletes and Allies Partnership

A campus organization at the University of Michigan. “Michigan Athletes and Allies Partnership is a student group committed to addressing the mutual concerns of U of M’s LGBT and student-athlete communities.  MAAP gives voice to the experiences of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied student-athletes.  Our goals are: 1.) To create awareness around LGBT issues in athletics at U of M. 2.) To establish permanent resources and a support system amongst student-athletes, coaches, the Athletic Department, and the greater University community. 3.) To foster a safe environment for all student-athletes regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.”  Contact  MAAP at: maap-info@umich.edu

SAGA – Student Alliance for Gay Athletes (and Allies)

An important addition to the LGBT community of Eastern Michigan University and more importantly the athletic community.  SAGA is striving to create a safe space for LGBT athletes and allies to come together, educate, and promote awareness in the athletics and EMU campus.  The group is open to everyone who is willing to participate respectively and positively to the betterment of the group.  Even if you do not identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered, be an ALLY and participate in this group!

Yale – “Athletes and Allies”

“Athletes and Allies” is a group for student-athletes at Yale working to make athletic teams safe spaces for LGBTQ students and their allies. We want to increase awareness of LGBTQ issues in athletics at Yale and to eliminate homophobia and heterosexism on our athletic teams. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome on a club or varsity team, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Contact the group at: yale.athletes.and.allies@gmail.com

ONLINE RESOURCES:

Outsports – Founded in 2000 by Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler, “Outsports’ mission is to build the broadest, deepest, most informative and most entertaining gay sports community.”  Jim and Cyd have featured some of the best student-athlete coming out stories and have a plethora of articles in their archives.

Changing the Game (GLSEN Sports Project)  – Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The GLSEN Sports Project fills a critical gap and adds a vital new dimension to GLSEN’s work to create a world in which every child learns to accept and respect all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

br{ache the silence campaign –BTS is a national campaign to advance LGBTQ inclusion in intercollegiate athletics.  Our mission is delivered through Ourchives, our electronic library of stories and campus integration initatives. Visit www.freedomsounds.org for more information.

Athlete Ally – Created by All-American wrestler, Hudson Taylor, “as a resource to encourage athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports, regardless of perceived or actual sexual-orientation or gender identity or expression.” The Athlete Ally pledge is also available on their website.

You Can Play Project –You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.  You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.

Campus Pride’s Out to Play Project — The project is designed to address anti-LGBT slurs, bias and conduct in college sports. As part of the national project, Campus Pride published the first-ever LGBT-Friendly “Top 10” in college athletics in partnership with Compete Magazine.

GForce Sports – GForce Sports is a group of dedicated LGBT athletes and allies advocating for equality in sports regardless of sexual orientation. Our focus is on the invisible athlete — the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender athlete who must play their sport in silence and fear.

The Gay Games – Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best™, for more than 20 years the Gay Games have empowered tens of thousands of LGBT athletes through fellowship and friendly competition.

bradrobertben – Ben, Robert and Ben are “three young adults wanting to change the way LGBTQ athletes are viewed in the sports world. All of us are varsity athletes in high school who are on our own paths to being who we truly are. We invite you to take the stand with us and begin walking the road to equality.”  You can contact them at bradrobertben@gmail.com

Gay Games Blog – The Federation of Gay Games also runs this frequently updated blog with news around the world about the fight against homophobia in sports.  Check out their archive of “It Gets Better” videos from the sports world here.

AnonyMouse– While still in its Beta form, AnonyMouse promises to be “An Ear For Every Voice.  We’re here to help with LGBT issues, bullying, acceptance, etc.  Ask our mentors anything. Literally. Anything. You ask. We answer. We’re here to help.

University of Kansas Resource page – The University of Kansas has a great list of resources grouped by regions and topics including many midwestern links as well as transgender resources, Human Rights Campaign guide to coming out and spiritual resources.

Gay and Lesbian Task Force – The Task Force has put out a campus organizing manual that can guide you if you are interested in changing the landscape of your campus or athletic department

GLAAD Sports Blog – GLAAD works to hold the media accountable for the stories they put out.  They have continued to play a large roll in telling positive stories of LGBT athletes and updates their blog with news and calls to action in the sports world.


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