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Changing the Game

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Changing the Game

All students have a right to feel safe and included at school. Whether in physical education class or in competitive sports, all students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have a right to play and feel like they belong.

LGBTQ+ affirming athletic policies can make a difference in students’ lives. When LGBTQ+ students are able to play sports and are accepted as classmates, teammates, and competitors, they gain access to the same physical, social, and emotional benefits extended to all who participate in sports.

GLSEN's Changing the Game is a groundbreaking program that started in 2011 to give resources for educators and students to ensure that physical education classes and athletics are inclusive for LGBTQ+ individuals. Explore and learn our revised and expanded program, which includes updated and new resources, educational training, engagement opportunities, and stories from LGBTQ+ young athletes and their supporters.

Students

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LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports has made a lot of progress; despite this, there is still a long way to go, especially in youth sports and athletics. Whether you’re in physical education class or are participating in a competitive sport, you have a right to play and feel like you belong.

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Educators

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As Educators, you can make a significant impact on the experience of LGBTQ+ students and athletes in your schools. By advocating for LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices, you can ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in school athletics and physical education classes.

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Coaches

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As a coach, you set the tone for your team’s culture. You are responsible for finding ways to bring out the best in each of your players. These resources and stories will help you, your assistant coaches, and volunteers intentionally create a competitive environment that is safe and inclusive for all players, including LGBTQ+ athletes.

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Families

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By knowing your child’s rights you will be better able to advocate for the inclusive policies and practices that can help ensure that LGBTQ+ students feel safe, welcomed, and encouraged to learn and play.

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Downloadables

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Show your support for LGBTQ+ inclusivity and safety in K-12 athletics and sports by downloading GLSEN's Changing the Game, Blow the Whistle on Poster

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LAUNCH WEEK

August 30, 2021 - September 3, 2021

Monday, August 30

GLSEN Changing the Game: 
Launch Event

feat. Gus Kenworthy 

6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT

Tuesday, August 31

Instagram Live @GLSEN
feat. Robbie Rogers

7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

Wednesday, September 1

GLSEN Changing the Game: 
Webinar and Conversation

feat. Jason Collins and Anthony Nicodemo

 

Instagram Live @GLSEN
feat. Sam Leicht

6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

Thursday, September 2

Instagram Live @GLSEN
feat. Erica Sullivan

6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT


Thank you to our Supporters

Dick's Sporting Goods
NBA
NBA
 
New Balance
Sweaty Betty Foundation
Be sure to tag us on social channels @GLSEN or send us an email at sportsproject@glsen.org to stay connected.