Out in Sport : The experiences of openly gay and lesbian athletes in competitive sport book cover
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Out in Sport
The experiences of openly gay and lesbian athletes in competitive sport

ISBN 9781138182240
Published February 29, 2016 by Routledge
194 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Research has shown that since the turn of the millennia, matters have rapidly improved for gays and lesbians in sport. Where gay and lesbian athletes were merely tolerated a decade ago, today they are celebrated.

This book represents the most comprehensive examination of the experiences of gays and lesbians in sport ever produced. Drawing on interviews with openly gay and lesbian athletes in the US and the UK, as well as media accounts, the book examines the experiences of ‘out’ men and women, at recreational, high school, university and professional levels, in addition to those competing in gay sports leagues.

Offering a new approach to understanding this important topic, Out in Sport is essential reading for students and scholars of sport studies, LGBT studies and sociology, as well as sports practitioners and trainers.

Table of Contents

1. Studying Gays and Lesbians in Sport  2. The Link between Sport and Homophobia  3. Homohysteria and Declining Homophobia  4. Openly Gay Athletes in High School and University Sport  5. Openly Lesbian Athletes in High School and University Sport  6. Openly Lesbian and Gay Male Athletes in Recreational Sport  7. Openly Gay and Lesbian Elite Athletes  8. Impact of Team Climate and Language on Gay and Lesbian Athletes  9. The Impact of Diminished Homophobia on Straight Athletes  10. Cooling Down

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Eric Anderson is Professor of Sport, Masculinities and Sexualities at the University of Winchester, UK.

Rory Magrath is Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, Sport and Enterprise at Southampton Solent University, UK.

Rachael Bullingham is Lecturer in Physical Education at the University of Worcester, UK.


"The book includes some very useful material on women... Overall a helpful contribution to an important topic."— Stuart Weir, Verité Sport