Sports & The LGBT Experience

Thank you to everyone who made the USC Sports & The LGBT Experience Conference a success. All of the pictures from the conference have been posted and videos will be available in the following weeks.

Scholars, athletes and practitioners engaged in the intersection of sports and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience gathered at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism for a series of conversations, panels and discussions examining the implications of sexual orientation and gender identity in sports.

The conference is sponsored by the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media & Society, which is directed by Daniel Durbin. Partners include the USC LGBT Resource Center and the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. The conference is co-directed by Annenberg Doctoral Candidate Evan Brody and Adam Amel Rogers from the Norman Lear Center.


LGBT Sports Scholarship: A Conversation with Senior Scholars
Noon - 1:30 pm in Annenberg 207    (Lunch provided)

Senior sports scholars will engage in conversations regarding the past, present, and future of academic LGBT sports studies as well as current issues relevant to the discipline.

Jayne Caudwell, PhD, University of Brighton (UK)
Pat Griffin, PhD, Professor Emerita, UMASS–Amherst
Samantha King, PhD, Queen’s University (Canada)
Michael A. Messner, PhD, University of Southern California (Moderator)
LGBT Sports & Entrepreneurial Journalism
2:00 pm - 3:20 pm in the Annenberg Auditorium G26
RSVP Here      

For 14 years, has provided a unique and groundbreaking online news forum for the LGBT sports community. The site’s co-founders will be joined by openly gay former running back David Kopay to share their views on a variety of LGBT sports stories.


Jim Buzinski,
Cyd Zeigler,
David Kopay, former NFL Running Back
Adam Amel Rogers, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center (Moderator)

Critical Discourses on LGBT Sports
Noon - 1:30 pm in Annenberg 207 (Lunch provided)

This panel will bring together a diverse array of academics to present current findings from LGBT sports research.

Mary Louise Adams, PhD, Queen's University (Canada)
Evan Brody, Doctoral Candidate, University of Southern California
Mike Bryant, Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington
Jayne Caudwell, PhD, University of Brighton (UK) (Moderator)

Sports & The Collegiate LGBT Experience
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm in Annenberg 207

College athletes, coaches, administrators and support staff will engage in a discussion of the current climate facing LGBT athletes and coaches.  The panel, moderated by Pat Griffin, the primary author of the NCAA Resource Guide on LGBT Issues in Sports, will address steps taken to create an accepting environment for LGBT athletes at USC and what the NCAA is doing to combat homophobia and transphobia in athletics.

Donna Heinel, USC Senior Associate Athletic Director
Nohelani Lawrence, PsyD, USC Clinical Sport Psychologist
Sean Mulroy, USC Swimmer
Kirk Walker, UCLA Assistant Softball Coach
Pat Griffin, Professor Emerita, UMASS–Amherst (Moderator)

The State of LGBT Sports and Popular Media
Noon - 1:40 pm in Annenberg 207 (Lunch provided)
A roundtable of media professionals will analyze how news and sports media cover and represent LGBT sports stories and discuss the media’s responsibility regarding the Sochi Olympics and other international competitions.


“The Image of LGBT Athletics in Popular Culture”   
Adam Amel Rogers, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Howard Bragman, Fifteen Minutes Public Relations
John Branch, The New York Times
Kate Fagan, ESPN
Shana Naomi Krochmal, OUT Magazine (Moderator)

Professional Sports and the LGBT Experience
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm in the Annenberg Auditorium G26

Former and current LGBT athletes will engage in conversation, moderated by ESPN’s Kate Fagan, about their experiences as professional athletes.  This group of trailblazing athletes will share stories of what it means to be a gay professional athlete and weigh in on those who have followed in their footsteps.

Billy Bean, former MLB Center Fielder
Wade Davis, You Can Play Project
Lauren Lappin, Olympic Softball Player
Esera Tuaolo, former NFL Defensive Tackle
Kate Fagan, ESPN (Moderator)