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Athletics: Sexual Orientation Gender Idenity Resources

Queer athletes and athletes who are exploring their sexual orientation and gender identity may need specific support. Sports may provide a primary source of support in a student's life. Athletes may feel isolated if they fear rejection from coaches and teammates. The resources listed below are intended for athletes and coaches to support their teammates. To connect with someone to talk more about these issues and more, email us at

General Resources

See our Queer Resources in & Around Portland page at for Organizations that serve many facets of the GLBTQ community here in Portland.

Campus Resources

Please see our campus partners page at for other non-veterans focused departments that have taken the Queer Ally Training offered through the Queer Ally Program at Portland State University (located at )

Resources for Coaches

The QRC coordinator is available to answer questions in a non-judgemental, open setting on or off-site, via e-mail, phone, or in-person.

Why Coaches Need to Address Homophobia on Teams

In the above article, author Pat Griffin from It Takes a Team outlines why all coaches ought to address homophobia and transphobia on their teams.

Assessing Athletic Climate for LGBT Athletes and Coaches

Utilize the tools above to better understand how accepting your athletes are and receive information on what to do to improve climate.

Resources Created by Athletes


Since 2003 Jeff Sheng, former college tennis athlete, has toured colleges growing his collection of large format photos of Queer student athletes.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

NCLR’s Sports Project aims to level the playing field for LGBT players and coaches. More than 30 years ago, Title IX changed athletics forever by requiring that women and girls have equal access to sporting and athletic opportunities. Today NCLR's advocacy, public education, and high-profile cases have the potential to equalize the treatment of LGBT athletes in this century. We seek nothing less than a world in which openly LGBT sports figures can be hailed as champions and role models at every level of competition.

It Takes a Team

Billie Jean King founded the the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974. It is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Issues in Sport is an education project focused on eliminating homophobia as a barrier to all women and men participating in sport. Our primary goals are to develop and disseminate practical educational information and resources to athletic administrators, coaches, parents and athletes at the high school and college levels to make sport safe and welcoming for all. 


Outsports' mission is to build the broadest, deepest, most informative and most entertaining gay sports community. This encompasses sports fans, teams and leagues. A mixture of breaking news, commentary, features, member profiles, photo galleries, and discussion boards, Outsports is the place to go for sports fans and athletes. Nothing like Outsports exists either on- or off-line. 


Intersex, Gender Queer, Gender Variant and Trans Athletes

National Colleagiate Athletics Association (NCAA)

The NCAA offers a handbook to provide guidance to NCAA athletic programs about how to ensure transgenderstudent-athletes fair, respectful, and legal access to collegiate sports teams based on current medical and legalknowledge.

On the Team

The purpose of this report is to provide guidance to high school and collegiate athletic programs
about how to ensure transgender student athletes fair, respectful, and legal access to school sports
teams. Report provides terms and definitions and policy recommendations.

Intersex Intiative (IPDX)

A Portland, Oregon based national activist and advocacy organization for people born with intersex conditions. (Explained at this link: ) It was founded by Emi Koyama, a multi-issue social justice activist and former intern at Intersex Society of North America (2001-02). Site offers definitions, summary of issues and resources for further reading.