Groups to train pro teams on LGBT issues


Two LGBT groups are working up a roster of professional sports teams that will under go sensitivity training and learn to combat homophobia in sports.

GLAAD and Athlete Ally hope to train more than 140 pro teams in the United States.

“This is not about politics, it’s about being respectful of fans, personnel, and athletes of all levels who just happen to be LGBT,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick. “Safe spaces for LGBT young people in the world of sports can be just as important as they are in the classroom. Pro athletes are some of our culture’s most important role models, and we want to empower them to stand up for teamwork and respect.”

“Athletes are leaders,” said Athlete Ally executive director Hudson Taylor. “Today more than ever, professional players have the power to affirm, connect and inspire people around the world. By taking small steps based on simple ideas at the heart of sportsmanship – like treating others as you want to be treated professional sports can unite communities and create a better and more inclusive tomorrow.”

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