New Website Highlights LGBT Issues in Sports

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: October 10, 2012

Sport, as an institution, has historically been behind the times when it comes to issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. But a growing push for social justice in sport has begun to transform cultural attitudes. On National Coming Out Day, October 11, Drexel University’s Goodwin College for Professional Studies will launch a research and activism network, “LGBT Issues in Sport: Theory to Practice,” which aims to be the definitive resource for research on LGBT issues in sport.

"This venture brings together leaders in the area of LGBT equality and disseminates information in a way that it is easily accessible to the public. The blog holds the promise of being the major hub to get information related to current advances in LGBT issues in sport," said website co-founder George Cunningham, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education & Human Development at Texas A&M University.

In the Spring, Texas A&M hosted the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Sport Conference. In doing so, they brought in leading activists, coaches, administrators, and scholars from around the world.