Useful Websites and Blogs

You Can Play http://youcanplayproject.org/ You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safely for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team's success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.

LGBT Issues in Sport Blog
http://stream.goodwin.drexel.edu/lgbtsportresearchnet/ The website provides public access to research focusing on LGBT issues in sport, with the goal of turning theory into practice in order to make sport more inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The site also serves as a resource for sharing research that has been vetted through peer-reviewed processes to facilitate a greater awareness of work being done in this field, and connect researchers and activities in order to impact public policy and education.

2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations (www.2spirits.com) is a non-profit social services organization whose membership consits of Aboriginal gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Toronto. The 2-Spirits organization's programs and services includes: HIV/AIDS education, outreach, prevention, support and counseling for 2-spirited people and others living and affected by HIV/AIDS.

AlterHeros (www.alterheros.com) is an incorporated non-profit organization with a mission to facilitate the social and community integration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth by: informing and educating, providing aid and support, and creating a community. It is a bilingual website.

The Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition (www.rainbowhealth.ca) is a national organization whose objective is to address the various health and wellness issues that people who have sexual and emotional relationships with people of the same gender, or a gender identity that does not conform to the identity assigned to them at birth, encounter. It is a bilingual website.

Égale Canada (www.egale.ca) is a national organization that advances equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people and their families across Canada.

The Federation of Gay Games (www.gaygames.com) is the umbrella organisation responsible for managing the pre-eminent international LGBT sports and cultural event, the quadrennial Gay Games.

Fondation Émergence (www.homophobiaday.org) took on the mission to foster the personal development of gay men, lesbians, and people of other sexual diversity, to further their inclusion within society, and to fight prejudice. Fondation Émergence promotes the International Day Against Homophobia, a theme-day set aside for the fight against homophobia.

The Gay & Lesbian Athletics Foundation (www.glaf.org) promotes acceptance and visibility of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) athletics community by the following means: providing education; mentoring and training; fostering support networks, promoting positive role models and healthy lifestyles; and, advocating inclusion, recognition, understanding, and respect among all members of the athletic community.

Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (www.glisa.org) is an international gay and lesbian sport association focused on developing gay and lesbian sport worldwide, advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians in sport, and making all places safe for LGBT athletes to play sport.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (www.glsen.org) is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, and addressing anti-LGBT behaviour and bias in the school community.
GLSEN Sports Project - Changing the Game: http://sports.glsen.org/

Lesbian and Gay Sports (www.lesbianandgaysports.com) is the website of Pat Griffin, author, long-time educator and advocate for social justice in sports. Pat Griffin also publishes a LGBT Sport Blog, providing commentary on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in sport - Pat Griffin's LGBT Sport Blog: (http://ittakesateam.blogspot.com).

Massachusetts Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students (www.doe.mass.edu) is a state-wide program founded in 1993 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, providing assistance and encouraging schools to offer school-based support and safety for LGBT students.

National Centre for Lesbian Rights (www.nclrights.org) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of LGBT people and their families. NCLR’s Sports Project aims to level the playing field for LGBT players and coaches through advocacy, public education, and high-profile cases.

Out Proud Olympians (www.o-p-o.org) is a worldwide organization of sportsmen and sportswomen who have participated at the international level of sport. Their mandate is to eliminate homophobia in sport, encourage active healthy living in the LGBT community, and facilitate participation of this group at major sporting events.

Outsports (www.outsports.com) contains news, features and information on athletes, coaches, sports administrators and even fans who are publicly out.

Red Card Homophobia (www.redcardhomophobia.org/) "Keep the game beautiful; give homophobia the red card”

Positive Space (www.positivespace.utoronto.ca) is the University of Toronto’s Positive Space Campaign Website. The Positive Space Campaign is a groundbreaking program that identifies safer and more inclusive spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexed, queer, questioning and Two-Spirited(LGBTTIQQ2S) students, staff, faculty, alumni and allies at the University of Toronto. More information can also be found here: www.ac-fpeh.com.

PFLAG Canada (www.pflagcanada.ca) is a registered charitable organization that provides support, education and resources to parents, families and individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity. PFLAG Canada has chapters or contacts in more than 60 communities across Canada. If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex, queer or questioning, or if you care about someone who is, PFLAG’s compassionate volunteers are ready to help.

The Blackstripe (www.qrd.org) provides information and resources for Same Gender Loving and LGBT persons of African descent.

Deaf Queer Resource Centre (www.deafqueer.org) is a national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities.

Safe Schools Coalition (www.safeschoolscoalition.org) is an international public-private partnership in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth that is working to help
schools become safe places; also offers a vast collection of tools and resources online.

Sport in Society (www.northeastern.edu) uses the power and appeal of sport to foster diversity, prevent violence, and improve the health of local and global communities. Project TEAMWORK is a diversity awareness and conflict resolution program. It equips participants with the skills to diffuse potentially violent encounters and value difference, encouraging greater sensitivity among people to the racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, ability, and gender issues impacting their lives.