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LGBTQ+ athletes claim the field : striving for equality / Kirstin Cronn-Mills, with an introduction by Alex Jackson Nelson.

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Breckenridge Public Library J 796.0866 CRO (Text) 33500012452892 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 796.0866 CRO (Text) 33500012452900 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781467780124
  • ISBN: 146778012X
  • Physical Description: 104 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Power, pride--and prejudice -- Athletes come out -- Athlete bodies, athlete genders -- The gatekeepers -- Future plays.
Summary, etc.:
In 2015, the world watched as soccer star Abby Wambach kissed her wife after the US women's World Cup victory. Milwaukee Brewers' minor league first baseman David Denson came out as gay. And Caitlyn (born Bruce) Jenner, an Olympic decathlete, came out as transgender. It hasn't always been this way. Many great athletes have stayed in the closet their whole lives, or at least until retirement. Social attitudes, institutional policies, and laws are slow to change, but they are catching up. Together, athletes, families, educators, allies, and fans are pushing for competitive equity so that every athlete, regardless of identity, can have the opportunity to play at their very best.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 September #1
    *Starred Review* It has only been since about 2010, Cronn-Mills reports in this valuable survey of the status of LGBTQ+ athletes, that fairly large numbers of athletes have come out. The reaction has not always been salutary. In 2012, for example, Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows." Small wonder that in a 2014 survey of 9,500 self-identified LGB participants from six English-speaking countries, America was selected as the country in which gay men felt the least welcome in sports. But it is not only men who are victims of prejudice; women, too, are targets, as Cronn-Mills demonstrates at some length. Yet progress is being made, she asserts, noting that from October 2014–15, a total of 73 sports-related figures came out. Furthermore, national organizations like the NCAA are striving to formalize antidiscrimination policies, especially those impacting transgender athletes, whose situation the author addresses in an especially significant chapter. Elsewhere she examines reasons for antigay discrimination and the impact of AIDS on the evolution of the field. Happily, she humanizes these issues with her numerous profiles of LGBTQ+ athletes. Though succinct (only 85 pages of text), hers is an important contribution to the blossoming field of LGBTQ+ literature. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Gay athletes > Juvenile literature.
Transgender athletes > Juvenile literature.
Gay athletes
Transgender athletes.
Transgender people.
Transgender people.
Gay men
Genre: Juvenile works.

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