How My Acknowledged Sexuality Altered My Perceived Athletic Ability

January 11, 2012 § 7 Comments

“I can’t wait till the day when an athlete will come out… and it won’t be a big news story,” I hear often enough. “I’ll love it when people just WON’T CARE,” people say and understandably so. It seems a fair way to rate our lgbtq community’s progress is through judging the impact, or lack there of, that people have when they come out. « Read the rest of this entry »

How GLSEN is Changing the Game

March 23, 2011 § 3 Comments

Imagine this: a resource which details how to improve your high school’s sport climate not just as a student, but as a coach, as an ally, and as an athletic director to benefit all students – including LGBTQ students! Sounds too good to be true, right? Using an easy to follow step by step guide teeming with recommendations and inspirational videos, GLSEN does just this with it’s “Sports Project.” And here are three reasons why you need to check it out: « Read the rest of this entry »

3 Reasons to Come Out to Your Coach

March 15, 2011 § 7 Comments

It may seem unimaginable, why would you want to come out to your coach? In talking with my peers that I counsel, a coach’s reaction to learning we are gay is a common fear – and not without reason. Especially amongst male teams, a fog of homophobia has fallen and severed relationships between coaches and athletes. Some coaches are homophobic and others are macho-centric; most are relatively indifferent coaches simply trying to help. It is important to differentiate between the three, as only one “type” of coach really poses a threat – and I use the word type loosely as I find it best not to categorize people. Yet more often than not, our coaches fall into the latter two categories and honestly just want to help – with our sport that is.  « Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes a Man Run?

March 7, 2011 § 7 Comments

People can’t understand why a man runs.
They don’t see any sport in it.
Argue it lacks the sight and thrill of body contact.

Yet, the conflict is there, more raw
and challenging than any man
versus man competition.

For in running it is man against
himself, the cruelest of opponents.
The other runners are not the real
enemies. His adversary lies within
him, in his ability, with brain and
heart to master himself and his
emotions.

~Glenn Cunningham

Why do you run?

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The Bonds Between Brothers and Boyfriends

March 3, 2011 § 7 Comments

How would you feel if mere minutes after your boyfriend said his goodbyes as he drove away from your school, you receive a voicemail saying: “I don’t exactly – we just – we just got into an accident. The car is totaled.” If you’re anything like me, you may chuckle at the absurdity of what was said, more so out of disbelief than actual humor. He must be joking, obviously. Then your mind begins to rationalize the situation and process the fact that he called therefore he must be somewhat unharmed. You hope. Yet even after rationalizing, your stomach turns and you begin immediately to run to the accident site.

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Standing Alone at the PA Track Championships

February 28, 2011 § 7 Comments

When others offer little affirmation, offer your own.

While jogging in the paddock of my final indoor state championship, I smiled earnestly feeling the building pressure caress my nerves. Rarely do the pressures of racing allow me to calm down. As I prepared for my race, I began to embody the same frantic yet calm drive I had as a Sophomore racing for my first time at outdoor states. Today would be the day people realize what I have been working towards for months – my first individual state medal, a PA #5 time, a National #21 time, and a personal record in the half mile. But many doubted I could achieve any of this – and with good reason too. « Read the rest of this entry »

Why Progress Should be Praised

February 9, 2011 § 22 Comments

This is part 3 of a 3 part series on homophobic slangs and slurs.
To read part 1 click here
To read part 2 click here

You wouldn’t want to get beaten by some random homo,” my coach said, trying to invoke some form of energy from a teammate. Sitting on the center of an indoor track, we loosened up before our open 400 race. After 3 days of workouts we had both grown tired. 3 nights of restless sleep led to my unusually hazy mindset which forced me to question what I heard; eventually I grew certain. Upon further clarification my mouth began to hang agape and a feeling of perpetual free fall loomed in my stomach.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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