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MBLGTACC – Sexual Diversity in Sports 2-8-14

Sexual Diversity in Sports 
This presentation was a workshop at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) in Kansas City, MO.
The audience consisted of students and staff from Colleges and Universities across the country.
The presentation was intended for all audiences with an emphasis on collegiate athletes. The objectives of the presentation were to describe why it is important to respect all sexual orientations and gender identities of all athletes; learn definitions for sexual orientation, transgender, and internalized homophobia; describe the consequences of homophobia on individuals and teams; identify ways to make teams inclusive and respectful for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation; and identify ways to make a safe and welcoming environment for all athletes regardless of gender identities. 
Audience comments on how this presentation impacted their knowledge:
Good overview of important terminology and stories. I learned that support and positivity are key. Athletes do their best work when they are safe and feel safe.-24 y/o M graduate student (Southern Illinois U - Edwardsville)
Very informative. As a student studying sports administration, I have learned a lot about how to approach the LGBT community in classes. Thank you for sharing your story. I learned they is a difference between behavior and orientation. This presentation has impacted me immensely. Learning about myself is something I am doing every day. Thank you for teaching me more.-22 y/o M Senior (Ball State U)
There is a lot of information you gave us. I hope I can take it back and help my team grow into a better and closer team who is accepting. This presentation has impacted me in many ways. It has made me think about how much homophobia can effect a team and how much it hurts an individual's physical, social, and psychological health.-23 y/o M Junior (Roch Valley College)
Very informative. I learned the difference between behavior and orientation.-19 y/o F Freshman (MSU - Mankato)
I learned about the consequences of not addressing homophobia within sports. This presentation inspired me to come out to my own teammates.-18 y/o M Sophomore (UW - Madison)
Being a homosexual athlete myself, this opens my eyes to those like me. I learned the definitions and clarification on sexual behavior and sexual orientation.-20 y/o M sophomore (TCCD - Trinity River)
A lot of the issues start with awareness. I should talk to my team and coach about using insensitive slurs.-21 y/o M Junior (MSU-Moorhead)
The video was a really good tool. I learned about the kinsey study. As a bisexual identified student athlete it is awkward to talk about same-sex attractions with my teammates but I know they love me either way.-20 y/o M sophomore (Gustavus Adolphus College)
Very informative to address the issues of homophobia within sports. It's very important that everyone accepts and respects these athletes to help them become comfortable about their sexuality. Athletes need role models within the LGBT culture. It's very inspirational to have these individuals out there. I have a lot of respect for athletes. Athletes should live their lives however they want without feeling oppressed.-22 y/o M Junior (UW - Stout)
I believe the presentation is very impactful for LGBTQ individuals through it's information and content. This would be very important to be implemented across athletic departments across America. Grinnell is known to be a very safe space school in general. Even in the athletics department we have LGBTQ coaches and staff, but we still have closeted athletes. We want to make sure that all student athletes know about the degrading factors of internalized homophobia and roots of this in sports. It impacted me to know that when I take over our 'Queer Athletes and Allies' group, I can bring something new from the outside.-20 y/o M Junior (Grinnell College)
I learned the difference between orientation and behavior.-23 y/o F Senior (UW - Oshkosh)
Interesting talk about orientation versus behavior. Never knew about kinsey scale. I learned  your relationship should not change when someone comes out to you.-20 y/o F Junior (UW- Waukesha)
This presentation impacted me to create a healthy environment for my rugby teammates - no matter how they may or may not identify themselves sexually.-20 y/o F Junior (Ohio Wesleyan U)
It was great to have someone finally fully explain the difference between orientation and behavior).-20 y/o F Junior (Florida Gulf Coast U)
The instructor knows what he talks about because I am definitely learning something. The video was so amazing and gives me courage to come out to my team. This presentation opened my eyes and shows me a new way of approaching techniques on coaching as well as coming out to my teammates.-19 y/o F Sophomore (Owens Community College)
I learned a lot about helping athletes specifically, which will be helpful when I work as an athletic trainer. When an athlete comes out, they just want things to be the way they were - to be treated as they always were. I feel like in the future I'll be better able to help student athletes I work with when it comes to LGBTQ issues and coming out.-19 y/o F Freshman (UW - LaCrosse)
This presentation has given me a lot of information. I was supposed to play tennis for my University but decided not to because of comfort reasons. I still think about rejoining. This information was very helpful.-21 y/o M Sophomore (Carroll U)
Queers of color athletes seem to have the most difficulty. I learned that male and female athletes have the most difficult time being focused on their performance when worried about appearing masculine or feminine.-22 y/o F Senior (Ripon College)
I learned about internalized homophobia and its effects on oneself. Coaches need to watch the word choices because they can be very hurtful to young people. I liked the discussion of the kinsey scale and that sexual behavior may not be congruent with sexual orientation.-20 y/o F Senior (Western Illinois U)
This presentation helped me learn how to help friends come out at their speed.-19 y/o M Freshman (Western Illinois U)
Very well put together information that helps people learn. I learned that homophobia affects everyone and how to allow someone to come out to you.-19 y/o F Freshman (Western Illinois U)
Very well organized. Great choice of videos. Great inclusion of trans facts, along with clarification of sexual orientation and behavior. Homophobia affects everyone.-18 y/o F Freshman (Knox College)
I learned to focus on language, open dialogue, and don't force things. This presentation made me feel as part of a larger group than I had before as a queer athlete.-19 y/o F Sophomore (UN - Lincoln)
A good presentation that covered a broad range of information about the LGBT community and sports. I learned information concerning the transgender community.-19 y/o M Sophomore (Kansas State U)  
Enjoyed the presentation. I learned the importance of the difference of sexual identities. This presentation helped me understand some things can be taken offensively that may not have intended to be.-18 y/o M Freshman (Kansas State U)
I learned how to support LGBT and community in sports. This presentation has made me realize that I have an impact on LGBT members experiences and that there are ways I can help make their experience a positive one by being a straight ally.-19 y/o F Freshman (Illinois State U)
I learned what sorts of effects homophobia and internalized homophobia have on LGBT athletes. I have a somewhat better understanding about what my gay friend who is a closeted athlete is going through.-18 y/o M Freshman (Illinois State U)
I didn't know that the NCAA was so committed to diversity and inclusiveness. I really like that it is. I feel like I can be a better ally after having heard Dr. Holt's presentation.-21 y/o M Junior (UW - LaCrosse)
This presentation impacted me positively. Makes me want to go back home and help foster a more inclusive team.-19 y/o M Freshman (Ripon College) 

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