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Fair Play : How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports (Paperback) (Cyd Zeigler)
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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. As a key figure in the LGBT sports movement, Zeigler tells the story of how sports has transformed for LGBT athletes, diving into key moments and issues that have shaped sports for LGBT people today.
In Fair Play, Zeigler shares intimate behind-the-scenes details about various athletes and storiesincluding NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, ****** MMA fighter Fallon Fox, and NFL hopeful Michael Sam, among othersalong with contextual insights about elite sports, including the overhyped "distraction" myth surrounding gay athletes. Always the forward-thinker, Zeigler maps out the necessary steps to complete sports' transformation and fully open athletics to LGBT people.
Cyd Zeigler is one of the world's foremost experts on LGBT issues in sports. As the cofounder of Outsports.com, he has written more coming-out stories of LGBT peoplein sports or any other arenathan any journalist in America. These stories have included former NBA player John Amaechi, former NFL player Wade Davis, NFL player Michael Sam, and NCAA basketball player Derrick Gordon, in addition to countless other LGBT athletes and coaches in high school, college, and pro sports. Zeigler also cofounded the LGBT Sports Coalition, a consortium of individuals and organizations aimed at ending anti-LGBT bias in sports. He appears regularly on ESPN, and in theNew York Times and USA Today, and provides expertise on LGBT sports issues for countless other media outlets includingSports Illustrated, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR. He is a former high school athlete, still holding school track-and-field records twenty-five years later. A graduate of Stanford University, Zeigler lives in Los Angeles with his husband and two cats.