If a gay male athlete active in one of the top four American sports comes out publicly, it does not matter whether he wants to become a spokesman for the L. Somehow, just by being gay, he will be thought to have authority on lesbian, bisexual and trans issues in sport. And he will be looked to as a spokesman by virtue of his rarity.
Eric Anderson is a running-coach-turned-sociologist at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom who recently announced some head-turning news: Homophobia in high schools and universities in the U. That includes what Anderson dubs "sustained" kissing, or what a layperson might call "making out. According to Anderson, the findings reveal a generation gap between adults who grew up in homophobic culture and youth who find it incredible that homosexuality was ever stigmatizedmuch less illegal.
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Anderson is the ex-Huntington High track coach, one of whose runners, star Jerryme Negrete, was brutally beaten 11 years ago by a football player after Anderson revealed he was gay. The coach-turned-professor was exiled before he could educate the TBS audience on gay issues, but the Huntington Beach native may find an audience in publishing. Eric Anderson: I convinced them that the real professor was gay.
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Anderson, Eric. London - While efforts to include gay and lesbian athletes in competitive sport have received significant attention, it is only recently that we have begun examining the experiences of transgender athletes in competitive sport.