The Changing Sports Climate for LGBTQ

The College of Education will host Pat Griffin ’80 EdD, a National LGBTQ and athletics educator, activist, UMass Amherst professor emerita and alumna, for a talk on The Changing Sports Climate for LGBTQ Athletes and Coaches: Successes and Challenges followed by a public reception on October 19.

Pat-GriffinGriffin, author of Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport, is the acknowledged “grandmother” of the LGBTQ social justice in athletics movement. Drawing on her experiences as a social justice educator and university swimming and diving coach, she regularly provides counsel to the NCAA, college and high school athletics programs as they work toward greater LGBTQ inclusion in sports. She is also the co-organizer of the first ever Nike-sponsored National LGBT Sports Summit.

Read more about Pat Griffin and her organization, Changing the Game.  Please join us for this important event!

Saturday, October 19
4:30 p.m.
Mark’s Meadow Auditorium
813 N. Pleasant Street
UMass Amherst campus
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Register today!

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  1. Maryann Jennings
    October 19, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Seeing as I’m in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the land of the stubborn, 19th century twins, ignorance & bigotry – a dark, treacherous place this NC, save for a few places of bright light & hope, Asheville being one – I won’t be in the room to applaud with much love & admiration.
    You are so cool!!

  2. Mike
    October 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Why does sex preference or orientation matter in athletics? I have never read or heard about a straight or heterosexual athlete program. It would be so sweet SO SWEET to just let athletes (heck for that matter people) be who they are like who and what they like without cramming some damned agenda down our throats. The only way I could ever see orientation or preference mattering is IF – IF it could be proven that one has a competitive advantage over the other – then it becomes an issue. However, we all know this IS NOT and WILL NEVER be the case. So in a couple of words —— STOP IT !!!!

  3. Linda McMahan
    October 16, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I want to attend the lecture by pat Griffin at Umass on Sat., Oct. 19, 2013 but my computer doesn’t do the Livemail email so I can’t get my alumni ID number to register. I haven’t been able to figure out how to signup for the Livemail. HELP!

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