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LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality

Title

LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality

Publisher

Twenty-First Century Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781467780124

Pages

103 pages

Genre

nonfiction

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Topic

Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Interracial; Homosexuality; Bisexuality; Transgender; mixed race; bisexual; transgender

Main Character

multiple

Race/Ethnicities

multiple

Family Formation

multiple

LGBTQ+

male/male; female/female; male/female

Awards

YALSA Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth, 2017
Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Non-fiction (Middle Grade and Young Adult)
Minnesota Book Awards, 2017, Finalist, Middle Grade Literature

Keywords

gay and transgender athletes; discrimination; intersectionality; coming out; stories; identity

Diversity Impact

direct

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