Episode 8: Pride Party

In Episode 8: Pride Party of Burn It All Down, Lindsay Gibbs and Brenda Elsey discuss the current state of LGBTQ issues in sports with Amira Rose Davis and Jen Mac Ramos. Then Shireen Ahmed brings us an interview about roller derby and trans inclusion in sports with Alex Hanna, and Lindsay talks with WNBA star Layshia Clarendon of the Atlanta Dream about the WNBA’s journey with LGBTQ inclusion and her experience as a black, gay, non-cisgender athlete. (Note: The audio of the Clarendon interview is from a phone call; please excuse the sound difference.) Zoe Hayden of the Victory Press joins Brenda and Lindsay for the Burn Pile, followed by our record-smashing Bad Ass Woman of the Week.

For show notes and links…


Welcome to our special Pride Party episode! (3:18) Prof. Amira Rose Davis discusses the state of out LGBTQ athletes in major sports’ leagues, from Michael Sam to recent announcements. Discussion of race plays a role in shaping the process of coming out. Conversation moves to LGBTQ players and fans in women’s sports, marketability, capitalism, and race. Discussion of international state of affairs Nigerian, Brazilian, and US women national teams – how do race and sexuality differ across place? Amira Rose Davis discusses historical precedents of sex testing and its relationship of race. Finally panel discusses state of LGBTQ in women’s college coaching (22:31) Jen Mac Ramos joins BIAD to discuss Pride Nights in MLB and how sports’ organizations could make a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ fans/players. Brenda discusses FIFA’s efforts to stop Mexican fans’ homophobic chants. Conversation about Christian Faith Night and St. Louis Cardinals – and the PR versus genuine commitment to LGBTQ rights. Jen Mac Ramos discusses their personal reasons for publicly discussing gender identity as sports’ admin (35:33) Shireen Ahmed interviews Alex Hanna, a professor at University of Toronto and roller derbier, activist working in transgender inclusion in education and healthcare. Alex discusses the power of roller derby for trans and queer communities. (50:17) Layshia Clarendon discuss Pride month and the WNBA. Clarendon discusses the changes over the last five seasons and changes in embrace of LGBTQ rights. She urges athletes to defend trans members of community. (1:09:40) Burn Pile, joined by Zoë Hayden from Victory Press about the narratives of out athletes that put pressure on athletes to come out. Brenda Elsey burns Sally Jenkins for blaming Title IX for problems in women’s sports (1:19:06) Bad Ass Woman of the Week: Diana Taurasi , including clips from WNBA stars and LeBron James congratulating Taurasi becoming all-time scoring record (1:25:08)


Links:

Michael Sam’s 2014 announcement coming out: http://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/10429030/michael-sam-missouri-tigers-says-gay

Ryan O’Callaghan’s announcement this week: https://www.outsports.com/2017/6/20/15835374/ryan-ocallaghan-gay-nfl-new-england-patriots-kansas-city-chiefs

Swoopes’ coming out in 2005: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/27/sports/basketball/swoopes-says-she-is-gay-and-exhales.html and http://www.espn.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/13835681/what-sheryl-swoopes-got-wrong-today-wnba

Candace Wiggins saying she was bullied in WNBA for being straight
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2694174-candice-wiggins-says-she-was-bullied-during-wnba-career

The Seattle teams joining together: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/seattle-pro-sports-teams-unite-to-promote-lgbt-inclusion/ 

Minor league baseball teams Pride Nights: https://www.outsports.com/2017/5/18/15657166/great-lakes-loons-york-revolution-baseball-lgbt-pride-nights

Berkman and the Cardinals Christian Night: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/birdland/berkman-explains-his-comments-opposing-equal-rights-ordinance/article_ea6d4526-6768-56ce-8c57-3bf2a82bc8d1.html

Alex Hanna:

Sally Jenkins’ column, “Women’s college athletes don’t need another coddling parent. They need a coach.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/womens-college-athletes-dont-need-another-coddling-parent-they-need-a-coach/2017/06/23/4765cf40-5820-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html

Diana Taurasi Breaks WNBA All-Time Scoring Record: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/19/533546960/diana-taurasi-breaks-wnba-all-time-scoring-record 

Audio for the BAWOTW about Taurasi setting the record for career points in the WNBA: