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Changing the Game: About the Project

Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project is an education and advocacy program focused on addressing LGBT issues in K-12 school-based athletic and physical education programs.

The Sport Project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all students, teachers and coaches regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression and integrating these efforts into overall school plans to ensure a safe, respectful school climate and culture.

Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project is supported by research and over 25 years of expertise. GLSEN's research brief, The Experiences of LGBT Students in School Athletics, is an in-depth look at the experiences of LGBT student athletes using data from GLSEN's 2011 National School Climate Survey.

With few existing resources or programs designed to address homophobia and transphobia in K-12 sports, Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project fills a critical gap and adds a vital new dimension to GLSEN’s work to create a world in which every child learns to accept and respect all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

The program was launched in March 2011 with a stellar advisory group consisting of Hall of Fame, Olympic and National Champion athletes, award-winning journalists, former college athletic directors and current professional, college and high school coaches. Pat Griffin, a noted author and educator led the development of the program. GLSEN is also a proud member of the LGBT Sports Foundation.

All photos used on the Changing the Game website are courtesy of artist Jeff Sheng. In 2003, Jeff began photographing "Fearless," a project on “out” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes on high school and college sports teams. To see more of Jeff's work click here.