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Lecture: Fearless & Competitive: LGBTQI+ Athletes Protest

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, “Fearless & Competitive: How LGBTQI+ Athletes Protest Inside the Locker Rooms, Playing Fields & Winner Circles” and will be presented by Fleurette King.

Intersex, transgender, bisexual and lesbian sport-oriented (athletes, coaches, and administrators) people have protested within the institution of sport. This presentation will unveil the following strategies in which resistance and protest were facilitated: created a “lesbigay” sport movement; combated the two-sex system that is persistent in sport; utilized the “coming out” process to widen the playing field; and made a democracy reflect its principles in the untouchable institution of sports. This has allowed for a wide range of actions and words that demonstrate a refusal to conform to accustomed institutional roles. Resistance reflects the demand to participate which produces both willing and unwilling forms of protest. Many are no longer willing to be reluctant sport attendees and sheepish benchwarmers. They are here to play and coach with a fearless and competitive heart.

Fleurette King has served as the Director of the UConn Rainbow Center since 2007. King’s involvement in social justice education and valuing diversity efforts, inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, expands over a 23-year career in higher education. Prior to UConn, King served in diversity-related positions at Loras College, DePaul College, Princeton University, and the University of Michigan. King’s participation in regional and national networks reflects a deep passion and commitment to social justice. King obtained a B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Ethnic Studies from Bowling Green State University and a M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University. King enjoys short walks on the beach and playing racquetball. King medaled in racquetball at Gay Games 2006.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


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