LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality
Twenty-First Century Books
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.
Racial Diversity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Interracial; Gay/Lesbian; Bisexuality; Transgender; mixed race; bisexual; transgender
gay males; lesbian females; bisexual males; bisexual females; transgender males; transgender females; intersex people
Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Non-fiction (Middle Grade and Young Adult)
Minnesota Book Awards, 2017, Finalist, Middle Grade Literature
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2016
Rainbow List, 2017 Young Adult Non-Fiction
YALSA Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth, 2017
athletes; discrimination; intersectionality; coming out; stories; identity; prejudice; challenges; sports
Cronn-Mills, Kirstin, "LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality" (2017). Diverse Families. 714.