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Sexual Minorities in Sports: Prejudice at Play

Melanie L. Sartore-Baldwin, editor
Sexual Minorities in Sports: Prejudice at Play
ISBN: 978-1-58826-890-7
ISBN: 978-1-62637-094-4
2013/171 pages/LC: 2012031435
Also of interest: Coming Out: The New Dynamics by Nicholas A. Guittar
"This book is essential, and indeed long overdue."—Jesper Fundberg,

"Provides a concise overview of the effects and some experiences sexual minorities face in sports.... Sartore-Baldwin is successful in creating a text that is easily accessible yet challenges the evolving notions of sexual minorities in sports."—Kiera D. Duckworth, Journal of Sexual Research

"I would strongly recommend this edited volume for scholars studying gender and sexuality in sport."— Kylie Parrotta, Gender & Society

"An excellent introduction to the intersections of sexuality, gender, and sport."—Brenda A. Riemer, Journal of Gender Issues

"The most detailed and comprehensive treatment of sexual minorities in sport.... Informative and insightful."—Nicole M. LaVoi, Sport Management Review

"Sets a new standard.... This excellent collection represents the future of research on LGBT issues in sport."—Pat Griffin, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


What does it mean to be gay, lesbian—or anyone else considered a sexual "other"—in the arena of competitive sports? With what consequences? The authors of Sexual Minorities in Sports shed light on the dynamics of sexual prejudice in venues ranging from high school athletics to the Olympics and the major leagues. Case studies of the experiences of LGBT athletes, coaches, and administrators also take account of the important role of race.

Empirically rich and full of theoretical insights, the book concludes by pinpointing opportunities for confronting prejudice and empowering individuals across the lines of both gender and sexual orientation.


Melanie L. Sartore-Baldwin is associate professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University.


  • Gender, Sexuality, and Prejudice in Sport—M.L. Sartore-Baldwin.
  • Women and the Lesbian Stigma—E.N. Melton.
  • Men, Masculinities, and Sexualities—E. Anderson, M. McCormack, and M. Ripley.
  • Transexual and Intersex Athletes—E.E. Buzuvis.
  • Taking Account of Race—N. Walker.
  • The Gay Games—C. Symons.
  • Reducing Sexual Prejudice—G.B. Cunningham.
  • What's Next?—M.L. Sartore-Baldwin.