#StandUpDay G+ Chat

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On November 12, I took part in a panel with Campus Pride and The StandUp Foundation to talk about #StandUpDay, being an LGBTQ athlete, and how others can stand up to bullying.

Campus Pride explains StandUp Day: “StandUp Day, held annually on November 14th, is a day of remembrance, a time to StandUp against bullying, and a time to celebrate the True Champions in our lives. Ben Cohen is known as one of the world’s best athletes and founder of the StandUp Foundation. November 14 marks the day when Ben’s father died as a result of violence inflicted upon him when he stood up for an employee who was being attacked. This day serves to promote the vision of the StandUp Foundation as a memorial for Ben’s father and all who have been lost to violence and hate.”

The panelists were amazing:IMG_0501

Anna Aagenes is a community organizer, LGBTQ activist, athlete, and speaker. Anna is one of the Co-Founders and currently, the Executive Director of GO! Athletes
Chris Mosier is an American transgender advocate, triathlete, and speaker (I love that this was taken directly from my Wikipedia page!)
Lauren Neidigh is an NCAA Swimmer at the University of Arizona
Julie Shaw is the Women’s Basketball Head Coach at the University of La Verne
Monica Rochon is a community organizer, race and gender justice advocate, Tampa Bay Inferno Tackle Football Player.

We had a great conversation about how we and others stand up to LGBTQ bias in athletics, our personal experiences, and how others can stand up. Watch the Google Hangout (which was archived in its entirety on YouTube) HERE and see me make funny faces when I talk.

Resources listed during the end of the panel are below:

My website: www.transathlete.com
GO! Athletes, info@goathletes.org
Outsports: www.outsports.com
SPACE: http://spacestudentalliance.blogspot.com/
NCAA Champions of Respect document:http://www.transathlete.com/#!documents/cqh1
Breache the Silence: http://freedomsounds.org/
The National Center for Lesbian Rights: http://www.nclrights.org/
Campus Pride: www.campuspride.org
Campus Pride Sports Index: http://www.campuspride.org/tag/sports-index/
LGBT Sports Coalition https://www.facebook.com/lgbtsportscoalition
Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation: http://www.standupfoundation.com/

Download the StandUp Day action kit here.

How do I StandUp? I think one way is by intervening in situations and being an ally for other people. It’s often easier for others to stand up when something is happening than it is for the person it’s happening to – at least that has been my experience. I was so grateful for the times my partner or my friends stepped in to correct pronouns or ideas during the early phases of taking testosterone; it was embarrassing for me to make those corrections myself because I felt hurt. Now, any time I can do that for others, I do.

Other great ways to StandUp are mentioned in the G+ Hangout. Check it out!

How do YOU StandUp?

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