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How Coaches Can Emphasize LGBTQ Inclusiveness

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With advances in LGBTQ rights in the United States, more athletes are coming out at all levels of play, including youth and high school sports. Therefore, it is important for coaches to understand how to include those populations in their program in ways that are safe, welcoming and educational for all involved in the program. These tips and ideas come from You Can Play, a non-profit advocacy group that works to ensure safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans

Divided into “prep work” for coaches to consider and an action plan for coaches to implement, this document is a concise reminder of why and how to emphasize inclusiveness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer athletes in sports programs.

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