SXSW Interactive 2016
Is Sports the New Marriage for LGBT Rights?
Like marriage, it can't get much more intersectional: Sports are intergenerational and interracial, and the instinct to compete, play, enjoy or consume sports doesn't require much explanation. Yet we're still finding a lot of pushback against gay and lesbian athletes coming out. With Jason Collins' retirement from the NBA, we don't have any out and active players in the four major men’s team sports, and Trans athletes of every age have no end of stumbling blocks erected in front of them. Sports have historically been a vehicle for acceptance across the differences between us. Can it fill that role for the LGBT community in the future?
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- Has Caitlyn Jenner moved the needle in LGBT acceptance and inclusion? What should the next step be? And has that made an impact in the sports world?
- How are the issues different as they relate to Trans and gay athletes? What are they and should we be advocating for them differently?
- Sports have historically been a vehicle for acceptance across the differences between us. Can it fill that role for the LGBT community in the future?
Paul Melvin, Sr Dir, Communications, ESPN