How to support an LGBT athlete coming out on your team

How does a coach handle an athlete coming out as LGBTQ on their team?

It’s a question asked by coaches all the time. Many of them are concerned they will mishandle the moment, which could be an important step in their athlete’s life.

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, we’ll talk with people who have been through this very situation, some of them multiple times. We’re partnering with GO! Space and Equality Coaching Alliance on the event. You can register for the Zoom conversation here.

We have five coaches, across sports, genders and areas of the United States, ready to talk about having athletes come out to them as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. And some of the stories will surprise you.

All of them have important personal insights into how to support the athlete, as well as keep the team moving forward toward success and victory.

Speakers include:

  • Kirk Walker, UCLA softball (moderator)
  • Doshia Woods, Tulane women’s basketball
  • Imran Malik, Arizona State rowing
  • Amanda Scott, Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis softball
  • Jeremy Bennett, Mullen High School (Colo.) football

You can register for the event by clicking here. Registration is free.

If you’re LGBTQ and a current or former high school or college athlete, check out GO! Space. If you’re a professional or Olympic athlete, or you are a coach or sports administrator, Equality Coaching Alliance is for you.


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