A new partnership between GLAAD and the You Can Play Project hopes to expand the visibility of LGBT people and allies in the sports community. “As LGBT athletes continue to break barriers in sports, it’s now more important than ever that athletes, leagues, and sports fans see the value LGBT people bring to the team,” said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis. “There are few institutions that reach more people than sports, and changing the conversation about LGBT athletes and sports fans will have a tremendous impact on equality on and off the field.” Together the organizations will discuss LGBT inclusion with every major American sports leagues and expand the work to include college level conferences and leagues. GLAAD and You Can Play will develop resources for sports leagues, teams, and sports media to ensure that LGBT athletes and fans are treated equally on and off the field. The groups will also host trainings for sports organizations that help sports officials tackle LGBT issues with the respect and urgency they require.
Additionally, the two organizations also are working on a national PSA campaign highlighting the growing acceptance of LGBT people by professional athletes.