Queer Voices from the Locker Room

Edited by:
Cu-Hullan Tsuyoshi McGivern, Akita International University
Paul Chamness Miller Ph.D, Akita International University

A volume in the series: Research in Queer Studies. Editor(s): Paul Chamness Miller, Akita International University. Hidehiro Endo, Akita International University.

Published 2017

The editors intended for this volume to provide queer and ally athletes a space to have a voice and share the experiences that have been significant in their identity as an athletic member of the LGBT+ community. To that end, this book is a collection of autobiographical short stories of LGBT+ athletes and their experiences in sports and athletics, some who are publicly out and some who are not. Based on the narratives collected, the book is organized around themes that illustrate various perspectives and the power that sport can play in 1) finding one’s true identity, 2) bridging communities, and 3) challenging gender norm stereotypes.

The goal of this book is to help change the expectations of what it means to be a successful athlete and promote greater inclusivity of LGBT athletes. Providing the space for these voices to be heard will help to pave the way for a non‐discriminating sporting environment, allow LGBT+ athletes to focus on their given sport without any distractions, and enable these athletes to live an authentic life without having to hide their true identity.

CONTENTS
From Playing Field to Locker Room: Challenging Homophobia in Athletics, Cu-Hullan Tsuyoshi McGivern and Paul Chamness Miller. SECTION I: IDENTITY AND SELF-PERCEPTION. The Two Sides of “Run, Faggot, Run!” Gerald Walton. Chronicles Inside and Outside of the Softball Dugout, Oscar Espinoza Parra. It Was a Good Day if I Wasn’t Called a Queer, a Faggot, or a Sissy: Reflections of a Male Figure Skater Turned Scholar, William Bridel. Gay Rights in the Locker Room, Frank Hernandez. Which Came First? Reflections on the Complexities of Being an Athlete and a Lesbian, Vicki A. Vescio. The Voices of Love, J. Franklin. SECTION II: COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT. My (Athletic) Life, Nancy Goldberger. The Bi-Cultural Volleyball Diaries: A Tale of Teamwork in Two Countries, Dominic Abordo. Locker Room, Sexuality, and (Queering) Sports: A Testimonial, Wagner Xavier De Camargo. Out of the Closet and Coaching, Nick Clark. Evolution of an Ally, Robert Greim. No Marta, Just Ugly Betty: Soccer in Southern Brazil, Claudia Samuel Kessler. SECTION III: CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES AND GENDER NORMS. A Sissy Speaks to Gym Teachers: How I was Formed and Deformed by Toxic Masculinity, Jeff Sapp. Learning Masculinity: Experiences of a Gay Boxer, Benjamin R. Weiss. No One Talks to Me in the Locker Room, Chaz Barracks. Just Keep Swimming: Intersection of Non-Binary and Athlete, G Ryan. Cut Both Ways: On Being Simultaneously Out and Not Out in Ballet, Asher Taylor-Dawson. Conclusion. Weaving the Stories Together, Paul Chamness Miller and Cu-Hullan Tsuyoshi McGivern. Biographies.