Content Filed Under: Athletics Support

Here, a list of athletes or athletic organizations that believe in equality and fairness, and support comprehensive LGBTQ non-discrimination protections.


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Teamwork, Leadership, Fairness: Why Transgender Youth Athletes Should Have the Same Opportunities as Their Peers

When transgender athletes are excluded from participation on teams that align with their gender identity, the result is often that they are excluded from sports altogether.
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“Without Hope, What Do We Have?”: Travis Scheadler on the Importance of Allowing Transgender Athletes to Participate in Youth Sports

September 30, 2020, 10:58 am Travis Scheadler, a doctoral student at The Ohio State University specializing in sport-based positive youth development, explains the importance of allowing transgender athletes to compete in sports alongside their non-transgender peers.
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Olympian, Champion, Advocate: Kathy Johnson Clarke, OLY on Protecting Transgender Athletes From Discrimination

September 2, 2020, 11:36 am Gymnastics World and Olympic medalist Kathy Johnson Clarke on the benefits of sport, and why transgender athletes should not be denied these opportunities.
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Openly Gay NCAA Wrestler Justice Horn: “Athletes Can Help Change Hearts and Minds”

August 2, 2018, 3:30 pm Justice Horn, an openly gay wrestler for Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, speaks about his personal journey of coming out to his team and coaches, the need for his adopted state to pass nondiscrimination legislation, and how he hopes to be a role model for young athletes.
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Public Opposition Grows as Georgia Legislature Considers Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Bill

By Shane Stahl • February 28, 2018, 12:46 pm Public opposition to an anti-LGBTQ adoption bill in Georgia is escalating after it passed in the state senate, including that of major public figures.
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Super Bowl LII: Both Teams Competing Are Longtime Supporters of LGBTQ Equality

By Shane Stahl • February 3, 2018, 8:14 pm Sunday’s Super Bowl pits the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles, two teams that have been vocal advocates for LGBTQ equality and fairness.
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Mississippi Baseball Team Loses Out on Series Due to Anti-LGBTQ Law, HB 1523

By Shane Stahl • January 5, 2018, 4:00 pm The University of Southern Mississippi (USM)  has lost three games in an upcoming series due to the state’s discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ Religious Liberty Accommodations Act, also known as HB 1523.
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NBA All-Star Game Kicks Off, League Warns Texas Against Anti-LGBT Bills

By Megan Clayton • February 17, 2017, 2:42 pm The All-Star Game tips off this weekend in New Orleans, and the NBA is taking the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to ensuring that players and fans are treated fairly and equally.
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NFL Warns Texas Lawmakers About Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • February 10, 2017, 12:47 pm "If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events."
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10 Ways Discrimination Against LGBT Americans Was Spotlighted in 2016

By Adam Polaski • December 27, 2016, 1:20 am As 2016 draws to a close and we look ahead to 2017, Freedom for All Americans reflects on the biggest LGBT stories in 2016.
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NCAA Pulls Championship Events from North Carolina Because of Anti-LGBT HB2

By Adam Polaski • September 13, 2016, 10:41 am The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced last night that they will move all previously awarded championship events to North Carolina out of the state because of HB 2.
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NCAA Unveils New Plans to Prioritize Non-Discrimination in Bids for Host Cities

By Adam Polaski • April 28, 2016, 1:03 pm This week at their quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, the Board of Governors of the NCAA voted on a new rule requiring cities wishing to host or bid on NCAA events to demonstrate how they will "provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination."
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Major Sporting Teams in Atlanta Oppose Anti-LGBT Bill in Georgia

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2016, 5:43 pm The Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Braves, and the Atlanta Falcons all expressed disappointment with the bill, which now is in the hands of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the last line of defense before the terrible bill becomes law.
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NFL Sounds Off on Anti-LGBT Bills, with Potential Consequences for Georgia

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2016, 5:18 pm The National Football League (NFL) is weighing in on anti-LGBT legislation surging through state legislatures – most recently in Georgia – and its statement could have major implications for Atlanta’s long-hoped chances to host a Super Bowl.
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Pro Soccer Player: Supporting Non-Discrimination Is About Leveling the Playing Field

April 11, 2015, 2:17 pm Chris is an outspoken advocate against discrimination towards LGBT people.