Out of Bounds: Coming Out of Sexual Abuse, Addiction, and My Life of Lies in the NFL Closet
January 2nd, 2005
ISBN 0786716819 (ISBN13: 9780786716814)
The second NFL player ever to come out as gay and the first ever to come out as HIV-positive, Roy Simmons was an up-and-coming star offensive lineman who quit football after just four years rather than be exposed as gay. Out of Bounds tells his compelling story-from his rape at age 10 to being plucked from his poor Southern background to join the NFL, from his first taste of pro football fame and sudden enormous wealth to his fast-paced, no holds barred nightlife of heavy drugs and countless sexual encounters with women and men. Simmons led a roller-coaster life that peaked in the late 1980s with his playing in the Superbowl. Ultimately, however, reckless living left him penniless, friendless, and on the brink of suicide.
Billie Jean King: Champions keep playing until they get it right
May 16th, 2017
Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships
In The Game: Gay Athletes And The Cult Of Masculinity
January 6th, 2005
ISBN 0791465349 (ISBN13: 9780791465349)
Using interviews with openly gay and closeted team-sport athletes, Eric Anderson examines how homophobia is reproduced in sport, how gay male athletes navigate this, and how American masculinity is changing. By detailing individual experiences, Anderson shows how these athletes are emerging from their athletic closets and contesting the dominant norms of masculinity. From the locker rooms of high school sports, where the atmosphere of "don't ask, don't tell" often exists, to the unique circumstances that gay athletes encounter in professional team sports, this book analyzes the agency that openly gay athletes possess to change their environments.
Coming Out to Play
November 25th, 2014
ISBN 014312661X (ISBN13: 9780143126614)
Robbie Rogers knows better than most that keeping secrets can crush you. But for much of his life Robbie lived in paralyzing fear that sharing his big secret would cost him the love of his family and his career as a professional soccer player. So he never told anyone what was destroying his soul, both on and off the field. While the world around Robbie was changing with breathtaking speed, he knew that for a gay man playing a professional team sport it might as well be 1958. He could be a professional soccer player. Or he could be an out gay man. He couldn’t do both. Then last year, at the age of twenty-five and after nearly stepping away from a brilliant career—one that included an NCAA Championship, winning the MLS Cup, and competing in the Olympics—he chose to tell the truth.
The Autobiography of Billie Jean King
ISBN 0583136842 (ISBN13: 9780583136846)
Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports
June 7th, 2016
ISBN 1617754471 (ISBN13: 9781617754470)
When Cyd Zeigler started writing about LGBT sports issues in 1999, no one wanted to talk about them. Today, this is a central conversation in American society that reverberates throughout the sports world and beyond. In Fair Play, Zeigler tells the story of how sports have transformed for LGBT athletes, diving into key moments and issues that have shaped sports for LGBT people today. He shares intimate behind-the-scenes details about various athletes and stories--including NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox, and NFL hopeful Michael Sam, among others-- along with contextual insights about elite sports, including the overhyped "distraction" myth surrounding gay athletes.
Billie Jean King: Tennis Trailblazer
August 1st, 1999
ISBN 082254959X (ISBN13: 9780822549598)
These informative and inspiring biographies will give young readers a look at the lives of some of the world's most influential people in history. Each over 100 pages, the books are also ideal for reports.
Jocks 2: Coming Out to Play
October 1st, 2002
ISBN 1555837263 (ISBN13: 9781555837266)
Presents profiles of athletes who have willingly come out publicly as homosexual.
Striving for Equality: LGBTQ Athletes Claim the Field
August 1st, 2016
In 2015, the world watched as soccer star Abby Wambach kissed her wife after the US women's World Cup victory. Milwaukee Brewers' minor league first baseman David Denson came out as gay. And Caitlyn (born Bruce) Jenner, an Olympic decathlete, came out as transgender. It hasn't always been this way. Many great athletes have stayed in the closet their whole lives, or at least until retirement. Social attitudes, institutional policies, and laws are slow to change, but they are catching up. Together, athletes, families, educators, allies, and fans are pushing for competitive equity so that every athlete, regardless of identity, can have the opportunity to play at their very best.
No Way Renee: The Second Half of My Notorious Life
March 7th, 2006
ISBN 0743290135 (ISBN13: 9780743290135)
In 1975, at the age of forty, Richard Raskind, a renowned eye surgeon and highly ranked amateur tennis player, "died," and Renee Richards was "born," in what was to become the most public and highly scrutinized sex reassignment to date. It was not until Renee Richards was discovered playing in an amateur tennis tournament that the world took notice. Extensive media coverage and criticism thrust Renee reluctantly into the spotlight, sparking an intense public debate over her private life. Now, at seventy-two, Richards looks back and speaks frankly about all aspects of her complicated and often notorious life in this eye-opening, thought-provoking memoir.
Billie Jean King: Tennis Star & Social Activist
January 1st, 2011
ISBN 1617147575 (ISBN13: 9781617147579)
Biography of legendary tennis player and activist Billie Jean King.
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Media and the Coming Out of Gay Male Athletes in American Team Sports
July 27th, 2018
ISBN 1433156008 (ISBN13: 9781433156007)
Never before have we lived in a time in which sport and gay identity are more visible, discussed, debated--and even celebrated. However, in an era in which the sports closet is heralded as the last remaining stronghold of heterosexuality, the terrain for the gay athlete remains contradictory at best. Gay athletes in American team sports are thus living a paradox: told that sport represents the "final closet" in American culture while at the same time feeling ostracized, labeled a "distraction" for teams, dubbed locker room "problems," and experiencing careers which are halted or cut short altogether.
Billie Jean! How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women's Sports
August 20th, 2019
ISBN 0525517790 (ISBN13: 9780525517795)
From award-winning author Mara Rockliff and New York Times-bestselling illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley comes this extraordinary picture book about one little girl who loved sports and grew up to be one of the greatest and best-known tennis players of all time. Anything Billie Jean did, she did it ALL THE WAY. When she ran, she ran fast. When she played, she played hard. As a top women's tennis player, Billie Jean fought for fairness in women's sports, and when she faced off against Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, the most famous tennis match in history, she showed the world that men and women--and boys and girls--are equal on and off the court.
Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Women's Sports
January 10th, 1994
ISBN 0674144341 (ISBN13: 9780674144347)
Today, there are women athletes who are media celebrities and a source of inspiration for many. But not long ago, being serious about sport was considered appropriate only for men and boys. Throughout the 20th century, women's increasing participation in sport has challenged our conception of womanhood. Some celebrated the female athlete as the embodiment of modern womanhood, but others brander her mannish or lesbian. Ultimately, she altered the perception of sport as an exclusively male domain.
21st Century Jocks: Sporting Men and Contemporary Heterosexuality
May 27th, 2014
ISBN 1137379634 (ISBN13: 9781137379634)
From macho huddles to gentle cuddles, the ways in which sportsmen relate as friends has radically changed. With homophobia stigmatized and gay teammates revered, today's jocks no longer fear being thought gay for behaviors that constrained men of the previous generation. In this eye-opening book, Professor Eric Anderson draws on hundreds of interviews with 15-22 year old straight and gay male athletes in both the United States and the United Kingdom to show how jocks have redefined heterosexuality: kissing on the lips, dancing together, cuddling in bed, and proudly proclaiming their bromance with other men.
Billie Jean King: The Battle of the Sexes and Title IX
January 15th, 2016
ISBN 1502610531 (ISBN13: 9781502610539)
Barriers have existed to deny people the chance to compete athletically based on their race, ethnic background, or sex. Some athletes, through their courage and class, have broken down the barriers that have afflicted our society, and sometimes affected greater social change. Billie Jean King changed attitudes toward women and sports with one gigantic victory, fought for equal tournament purses for female tennis players, and started a foundation that promoted athletic opportunities for women.
Forward: A Memoir
September 13th, 2016
ISBN 0062467018 (ISBN13: 9780062467010)
Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete.
The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Sport
November 26th, 2019
ISBN 3030197980 (ISBN13: 9783030197988)
Over the past two decades there has been a rapid transformation of masculinities in the West, largely facilitated by a decline in cultural homophobia. The significant changes in the expression of masculinity, particularly among younger generations of men, have been particularly evident in men's team sports, which have become an increasingly diverse and inclusive culture. Drawing upon work from a wide range of established and emerging international scholars, this handbook provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of the contemporary relationship between masculinity and sport. It covers a range of areas including history, media, gender, sexuality, race, violence, and fandom, considering how they impact a range of different sports across the world. Students and scholars across many disciplines will find the unparalleled overview provided by these specially commissioned chapters an invaluable resource.
The David Kopay Story
February 1st, 1977
ISBN 1555836380 (ISBN13: 9781555836382)
Twenty-three years after publishing his story, David Kopay remains the only NFL player who has publicly acknowledged his homosexuality. From psychotherapy to hypnosis to heartbreaking family confrontations to finally surprising acceptance from former teammates and coaches, this is a story of denial leading to acceptance, and finally to pride. As inspiring today as it was upon publication, Advocate Books is proud to make The David Kopay Story available to a new generation of readers.
Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports
February 3rd, 2011
ISBN 0807834548 (ISBN13: 9780807834541)
When Billie Jean King trounced Bobby Riggs in tennis's "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973, she placed sports squarely at the center of a national debate about gender equity. In this winning combination of biography and history, Susan Ware argues that King's challenge to sexism, the supportive climate of second-wave feminism, and the legislative clout of Title IX sparked a women's sports revolution in the 1970s that fundamentally reshaped American society.
Trailblazing: The True Story of America's First Openly Gay Track Coach
May 1st, 2000
ISBN 1555835244 (ISBN13: 9781555835248)
In January 1993 the Huntington Beach High School boys' track team, which I coached, organized a community track meet as a fund-raiser. We ended up having more workers than competitors, and rain was nearly the sole occupant of the bleachers lining our ancient brick-dust track. Of the few athletes who showed to compete, one runner caught my eye. His rail-thin body reminded me of a Kenyan runner's; he looked like a champion. He appeared old enough to be in high school, but I didn't recognize him and figured him to be a junior-high runner. Always on the lookout for future athletes, I wanted to find out more. But rules governing our sport prohibited me from speaking to potential athletes until they had graduated from the eighth grade. To circumvent this, I asked one of my runners, Erich Phinizy, to investigate. "Find out his age and where he goes to school," I said. "And tell him about our program."
Billie Jean King
August 15th, 2016
ISBN 1680792504 (ISBN13: 9781680792508)
A champion tennis player who stood up for women’s rights, Billie Jean King is a true trailblazer. Historic photos and easy-to-read text take readers into the athlete’s life. Zoom in even deeper with quick stats, a timeline, and bolded glossary terms.
Champion Citizen: Billie Jean King Finding the Champion in You!
February 15th, 2018
Billie Jean was a world's #1 women's tennis player who won 39 Grand Slam titles. Read how this little girl whose mother sewed her tennis clothes became a world champion and led the way for equal rights for all people. She worked tirelessly to have equal pay for men and women tennis players and equal playing opportunities for girls and boys in all sports.
January 1st, 1974
ISBN 0670478431 (ISBN13: 9780670478439)
The Outsports Revolution: Truth & Myth in the World of Gay Sports
July 1st, 2007
ISBN 159350005X (ISBN13: 9781593500054)
The Outsports Revolution chronicles the development and rise of the Outsports.com brand and outlines its impact on the world of gay sports. Through more than twenty-five chapters, the book introduces you to both famous out athletes along with the unsung, unknown trailblazers who have helped others come out. With points of view from such figures as the MLB’s Billy Bean, the NFL’s Esera Tuaolo, and Greg Louganis—as well as Molly Lenore, a former college football player who transitioned to a woman and now plays gay flag football; Brian Fell, a two-time NCAA track and field star; and sports professional Larry Felzer, who organized Gay Community Night for the Philadelphia Phillies—this guide chronicles all the issues on this hotly debated subject.
Pressure is a Privilege
July 22nd, 2008
ISBN 0981636802 (ISBN13: 9780981636801)
Billie Jean King's victory over Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" was a pivotal moment in gender relations for generations of American women and men. But her journey to the "Battle of the Sexes" was no accident. Now, for the first time ever, Billie Jean shares the life lessons that led to her success in that match, in sports, and in the world at large. Published in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of this monumental event, Pressure is a Privilege uses the Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs match to illustrate what she learned in her early life that brought her to that event and the lessons that she learned from it.
A Necessary Spectacle: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, and the Tennis Match That Leveled the Game
August 16th, 2005
ISBN 1400051460 (ISBN13: 9781400051465)
A 1973 battle of the sexes is explored in this fascinating account of the tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King at the Houston Astrodome.
Fearless: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes
October 1st, 2015
ISBN 0984447482 (ISBN13: 9780984447480)
Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes, is a photography book and memoir by American Artist Jeff Sheng, featuring the portraits of over 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender high school and college athletes in the United States and Canada, taken by the author between 2003 and 2015. Recalling his personal experience as a closeted student athlete, Sheng uses his story as a foundation for a wider exploration of LGBT acceptance in sports over the last decade. The book also includes intimate writings from some of the student athletes about their own coming out experiences, as well as an afterword by retired NBA basketball player Jason Collins.
Lesbians and Gays and Sports
November 1st, 1994
ISBN 0791029514 (ISBN13: 9780791029510)
Particular Passions: Billie Jean King
January 1st, 2012
The oral biography of Billie Jean King, who created opportunities for women on the tennis court and in the workplace, and who continues today to champion social change and equality around the world.
The Lavender Locker Room: 3000 Years of Great Athletes Whose Sexual Orientation Was Different
November 1st, 2006
ISBN 1889135070 (ISBN13: 9781889135076)
Winner of 2007 Independent Publisher Gold Award for Gay/Lesbian literature. Some are legendary such as pilot Amelia Earhart and golf champion Babe Didrikson. Others are less familiar balloonist Alberto Santos-Dumont and javelin thrower Ana Maria Sagi. Some went public NFL running back David Kopay and downhill skier Erik Schinegger. Others, such as Wilhelm von Homburg, were known only to sport insiders. Some, like jockey John Damien, figured in milestone court cases. Some, like jouster Joan of Arc and racehorse breeder George Villiers, were historical figures. Others, like tennis player Martina Navratilova and figure skater John Curry, competed in modern Olympics. But they have something in common: they were gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. And they stood out extraordinarily in their chosen sport.
Understanding Jason Collins: The Openly Gay NBA Basketball Player Who Wins In Life
December 5th, 2013
Jason Collins is the famed NBA basketball player who in May of 2013, decided to become the first professional NBA athlete to come out as gay. His statement caused a worldwide reaction to the controversial topic of gays/lesbians in sports. Jason has been praised by numerous renowned individuals, such as Kobe Bryant, President Barack Obama, and NBA commissioner David Stern. Jason Collins' historical declaration is a huge leap for the LGBT society, and also for the equal rights for all movement.
Off the Bench: A look at gay athletes entering the fraternity of professional sports
February 25th, 2014
Contrary to what you may have heard, yes, most gay men are avid sports fans, and many are extraordinary athletes. In fact, many gay men are phenomenal athletes who deserve to play at the highest level and be treated the same as their straight peers. The real question is, is this hyper masculine world ready to admit that gays can compete at the same level that has so long been associated with only the most “manly” of men?
Jocks: True Stories of America's Gay Male Athletes
January 1st, 1997
ISBN 1555833993 (ISBN13: 9781555833992)
Profiles several dozen young male athletes who have in most cases come out as homosexual to their coaches, teammates, and fellow students, with advice for coaches on dealing with homophobia.
Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality
April 30th, 2014
ISBN 0415522536 (ISBN13: 9780415522533)
The Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality brings together important new work from 68 leading international scholars that, collectively, demonstrates the intrinsic interconnectedness of sport, gender and sexuality. It introduces what is, in essence, a sophisticated sub-area of sport sociology, covering the field comprehensively, as well as signaling ideas for future research and analysis. Wide-ranging across different historical periods, different sports, and different local and global contexts, the book incorporates personal, ideological and political narratives; varied conceptual, methodological and theoretical approaches; and examples of complexities and nuanced ways of understanding the gendered and sexualized dynamics of sport.
Sports & Athletics
Transgender Athletes in Competitive Sport
May 25th, 2017
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. This book represents the first comprehensive study of the challenges that transgender athletes face in competitive sport; and the challenges they pose for this sex-segregated institution. Beginning with a discussion of the historical role that sport has played in preserving sex as a binary, the book examines how gender has been policed by policymakers within competitive athletics. It also considers how transgender athletes are treated by a system predicated on separating males from females, consequently forcing transgender athletes to negotiate the system in coercive ways. The book not only exposes our culture’s binary thinking in terms of both sex and gender, but also offers a series of thought-provoking and sometimes contradictory recommendations for how to make sport more hospitable, inclusive and equitable.
LGBT Athletes in the Sports Media
January 19th, 2019
ISBN 3030008037 (ISBN13: 9783030008031)
In recent years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes have received more media attention than ever before. Declining levels of homophobia across the Western world has facilitated a greater acceptance of LGBT athletes among heterosexual teammates, fans, and the sports media. Consequently, academic interest in sport, gender and sexuality has also increased substantially. This edited collection combines studies of gender and sexuality with that of the sports media to provide the first-ever comprehensive academic overview of LGBT athletes in the sports media. It draws upon work from a wide range of international scholars to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of improved media coverage of LGBT athletes, as well as the numerous issues and barriers which continue to exist.
Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes
December 3rd, 2019
ISBN 1538112965 (ISBN13: 9781538112960)
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are likely to feature the first transgender athlete, a topic that will be highly contentious during the competition. But transgender and intersex athletes such as Laurel Hubbard, Tifanny Abreu, and Caster Semenya didn't just turn up overnight. Both intersex and transgender athletes have been newsworthy stories for decades. In Sporting Gender: The History, Science, and Stories of Transgender and Intersex Athletes, Joanna Harper provides an in-depth examination of why gender diverse athletes are so controversial. She not only delves into the history of these athletes and their personal stories, but also explains in a highly accessible manner the science behind their gender diversity and why the science is important for regulatory committees--and the general public--to consider when evaluating sports performance.
Frankly Kellie: Becoming a Woman in a Man’s World
June 25th, 2015
Exploring the highs and lows of an esteemed career in professional boxing, Frank's autobiography is truly enthralling and packed with wonderful insight and anecdotes about himself and the who's who of the boxing fraternity. But this is a story with another dimension - an identity kept secret for decades. With honesty and integrity, this is the story of how Frank Maloney overcame his inner turmoil to stop living as Frank and become Kellie. Insightful and astute, Kellie talks openly about the years of anguish and torment, recounting extracts from her diary and explaining in unflinching detail the emotional rollercoaster she endured over the years, from childhood through to telling loved ones the truth. With humor and humility this book takes the reader on a journey through the transgender process - the physicality and the emotion - and celebrates the life of an incredible individual.
The Gay Games: A History
April 26th, 2010
ISBN 0203891848 (ISBN13: 9780203891841)
The Gay Games is an important piece of new social history, examining one of the largest sporting, cultural and human rights events in the world. Since their inception in 1980, the Gay Games have developed into a multi-million dollar mega- event, engaging people from all continents, while the international Gay Games movement has become one of the largest and most significant international institutions for gay and lesbian people. Drawing on detailed archival research, oral history and participant observation techniques, and informed by critical feminist theory and queer theory, this book offers the first comprehensive history of the Gay Games from 1980 through to the Chicago games of 2006.
Billie Jean King
ISBN 0448074362 (ISBN13: 9780448074368)
August 1st, 1983
ISBN 0812828976 (ISBN13: 9780812828979)
Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia In Sport
February 4th, 1998
ISBN 088011729X (ISBN13: 9780880117296)
Former athlete and coach Pat Griffin make a provocative and impassioned call for attention to a topic too long avoided by women's sports advocates. In Strong Women, Deep Closets, she provides a critical analysis of discrimination and prejudice against lesbians in sport. The book is the first to explore the lesbian sporting experience as well as examine homophobia and heterosexism in women's sport. The work is based on theoretical and historical foundations and is written in an academic yet engaging style. Griffin brings to light the experiences of lesbian coaches and athletes in their own words.