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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Celebrity Athletes Pair With GLSEN On K-12 Sports Program

The days of locker room bullying may soon be over if GLSEN has its way with its newest program. Find out what GLSEN is doing and which famous sports figures are getting involved after the jump.

Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project is a coalition of elite current and former athletes, journalists and sports figures working to make K-12 sports and physical education safer and more inclusive for all. The aim is to create educational training and resources for P.E. and sports in schools that teaches respect and equality for all.
Real life game-changers serving on the Advisory Group include: Hall of Fame tennis players Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova; former MLB player Billy Bean and former NBA player John Amaechi. All-star allies include: three-time All-American wrestler Hudson Taylor; Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke, and, an Instinct favorite, Rugby player Ben Cohen.
GLSEN’s homepage for Changing The Game identifies locker rooms as places LGBT students feel most unsafe or uncomfortable, therefore, it's no wonder why athletics seem like one of the last great frontiers that LGBT people have a difficult time finding acceptance in.
We at Instinct raise our lucky mugs of green to GLSEN for continuing to protect and advocate for LGBT youth. How many of us have avoided certain sports or sports classes because of insecurity or fear? It does get better, and thanks to GLSEN, for many youth, it’s getting better right now. This causes for celebration! Everyone put on your jockstraps!


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