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Posted by Luca Maurer at 2:53PM   |  Add a comment

Whether you're a regular Out for Good reader, or have just landed here for the first time, you'll glean pretty quickly that one purpose of this blog is to celebrate the upbeat, positive, and good.  As I noted when this blog was launched, ...There are lists and lists of problems and challenges that seem all too familiar in the terrain of LGBT life. Sometimes, it just seems really hard....And yet, there are those other times too. Where despite the pitfalls and challenges...there is some pretty good stuff happening...So yes, I am also Out For Good.

Please join with me in literally going Out for Good - celebrate the 10th anniversary of the LGBT Center with me by doing good for others!  In the process, we'll also have a bit of fun, a bit of fitness, and a bit of colorful rainbowy-goodness too.

Saturday October 15, 9 am
5K run on campus with Lis and Habitat for Humanity!
Butterfield Stadium
We're Out for Good - The LGBT Center program director will run the Habidash 5K on campus, and invites all LGBT and Allied students, alumni, and members of the campus community to join in - come be a part of a fun run for a great cause! Registration and fee for the run is required through IC's Habitat for Humanity, alumni may register while signing up to attend Fall Splash, or onsite, or at a table in Campus Center for current students to register from now through Oct 7.  Or, see their Facebook event for additional details

Please join us - run along with us, walk, or cheer us on from the sidelines of the race, as we LGBTA folks do something good to give back to Habitat for Humanity and the community.  Some additional info is available from the concurrent Facebook event for participants interested in the Out for Good angle on this event. Very special kudos to the student who created that page and who is devoting many hours of service in helping to plan and facilitate our participation!

And did I mention there will be a small but rainbow-y gift for the first 100 LGBTA people who participate?

Special thanks to LGBTA Alumni from the Classes of 2007 and 2008 for challenging meto this run, and to IC Habitat for Humanity for their enthusiastic response to our participation.  For information about all the events that will mark the 10th anniversary of the LGBT Center, visit the 10th Anniversary of the LGBT Center and Fall Splash webpage.

Posted by Luca Maurer at 5:38PM

Two big steps in the world of sport happened recently - the publication of the On The Team: Equal Opportunity for Transgender Student Athletes, and news stories about Kye Allums, the first out transgender person to play NCAA Division I basketball, at George Washington University.  Allums joins a very short list of out transgender college athletes which also includes hammer thrower Keelin Godsey of Bates College.

On the Team, by Dr. Pat Griffin, Former Director of the It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Sport, Women’s Sports Foundation and Helen J. Carroll, Sports Project Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights, provides information and resources on this important topic, and precisely at a time when the issue is gaining more widespread media attention.  The report provides guidance to high school and collegiate athletic programs about ensuring transgender student athletes fair, respectful, and legal access to school sports teams.  Short stories and quotes of student athletes, coaches, and other professionals throughout the report highlight the important of sport in the lives of all students, as well as some of the unequal terrain transgender students must traverse as they seek full inclusion on the playing field.

Discussions about the unique challenges and opportunities facing sexual minority and gender minority student athletes were also a highlight of the Sport, Sexuality and Culture conference held on our campus in 2009.  Undergraduate and graduate students played an active role in the conference as presenters, session leaders, and guest hosts.  The conference featured the work of over 125 scholars from Brazil, Canada, England, Japan, Korea, and the United States; and included presentations and panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Legal issues: sex and sexual orientation discrimination
  • Sport, media, sexuality, and culture
  • Gender, race, sexuality, and culture
  • Research trends and issues
  • Replacing homophobia/transphobia with humanism in sport settings

For more information about LGBT people and themes in sports, contact the LGBT Center or the Association of Gay and Straight Student Athletes, an IC student organization. Additional resources and information are also available from the blog post Out of the Closet and Onto the Team: LGBT Student-Athletes.

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