This month’s featured cause is Athlete Ally, an organisation focused on fighting homophobia and transphobia in sports. They offer workshops in diverse educational levels as well as working together with sports organisations and leagues as the NFL and the NBA, towards inclusion and implementation of better policies:
We mobilize Ambassadors in collegiate, professional and Olympic sports who work to foster “allyship” in their athletic environments. The programs include Ambassadors from over 80 colleges and over 100 professional athletes.
Here is a video by founder Hudson Taylor about the history of the organisation:
Athlete Ally is a non-profit organisation dedicated to educating and empowering the straight allies in sports to speak out against homophobia and transphobia.
Hudson also co-authored ‘Champions of Respect’, the NCAA’s guide for ‘Inclusion of LGBTQ Student-Athletes and Staff in NCAA Programs’.
You can download the PDF from NCAA Publications’ website for free.
Take action an support Athlete Ally by pledging to any of the initiates and actions on their website, specially the Athlete Ally pledge:
I pledge to lead my athletic community to respect and welcome all persons, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Beginning right now, I will do my part to promote the best of athletics by making all players feel respected on and off the field.
You can also invite Athlete Ally to your campus to give a workshop and empower your athletes.
Please, consider donating to this importante cause.