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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 13, 2007

New Book Highlights NCLR’s Role in Addressing Homophobia in Sports

Founders of Outsports.com Release New Book Showcasing NCLR’s Sports Project Director Helen Carroll


(San Francisco,CA, November 13, 2007) — The National Center for Lesbian Rights Sports Project is featured in The Outsports Revolution, published by Alyson Publications. This new book chronicles the world of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) sports, and showcases NCLR’s groundbreaking legal work in leveling the playing field for LGBT athletes.

Authors Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler dedicated an entire chapter to NCLR Sports Project Director Helen Carroll, a former national championship basketball coach from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Carroll joined NCLR in 2001 to launch the Sports Project in order to tackle the rampant homophobia and transphobia in sports. Since the Project’s inception, NCLR has worked to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in sports through advocacy, outreach, and litigation. Under Carroll’s leadership, NCLR has provided assistance to hundreds of high school, university, and professional athletes, coaches, and sports personnel.

“We have to work together to make a real difference in this sports culture for LGBT people. It is an honor that this outstanding publication has recognized the importance of NCLR’s work for equality in sports,” said Carroll.

Through more than 25 chapters, the book introduces readers to both famous out athletes, as well as the unsung, unknown trailblazers who have helped others come out. The Outsports Revolution features Major League Baseball’s Billy Bean, the National Football League's Esera Tuaolo, and Olympic diver Greg Louganis, as well as Molly Lenore, a former college football player who transitioned to female and now plays gay flag football, Dr. Pat Griffin, Director of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s “It Takes a Team: Educational Campaign for LGBT Issues in Sport;” and Patricia Nell Warren, author of The Front Runner. The Outsports Revolution is a comprehensive compendium on the issues surrounding LGBT athletes in the sporting world.

The authors are recognized worldwide as the leaders in LGBT sports reporting and co-founded Outsports.com in 2000. Together they have appeared on numerous television programs on ESPN, Fox Sports, and CNN. They have also been profiled in hundreds of magazines and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated.

To learn more about the book, visit http://www.outsports.com/

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