Student athletes are stepping up to the plate, so to speak, to take a stand for LGBT equality. Recently, Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., became the first Athlete Ally Ambassador School in the Northwest Conference.
As part of a national conversation about anti-gay bullying and harassment, parents and students are standing up to say there is no room for dangerous bullying behavior in our schools. Students should be able to have relationships of trust and mutual respect with their guidance counselors, something that ex-coach Pat Lynch clearly violated with his reckless decision to distribute the “Hurt Feelings Report.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White says that if his league has any gay fighters, he wishes they would come out. The UFC is under fire for homophobic comments made by its members. The league presently has almost 400 fighters."I'll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out," UFC President Dana White said Thursday.
Today is National Coming Out Day, a day celebrated every year when people take a moment to come out – as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, and straight allies. Sharing your story and finding support is an integral part of coming out for many young people.