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Public Accommodations and Fan Codes of Conduct for LGBTQ+ Athletes

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A former Division I basketball athlete, attorney and equity and inclusion strategist, Ashland Johnson’s past experiences all combined to found The Inclusion Playbook. The Inclusion Playbook is a sports impact project led with the goal of “empowering social change agents to transform communities in and through sports.” In 2016, Ashland was named as one of the 40 best LGBTQ+ lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Ashland has also worked in numerous professional sports leagues such as the NBA and the NFL to strengthen their policies and programs surrounding inclusion, race, gender, and law.

In this video, Ashland discusses how organizations and specifically how professional sports organizations need to have clear LGBTQ+ inclusion policies outlined for both their teams and their fans. She goes on to discuss the importance of having a fan code of conduct that specifies not using homophobic or transphobic language.