LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field
Striving for Equality
In 2015, the world watched as soccer star Abby Wambach kissed her wife after the US women’s World Cup victory. Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league first baseman David Denson came out as gay. And Caitlyn Jenner, an Olympic decathlete, came out as transgender.
It hasn’t always been this way. Many great athletes have stayed in the closet their whole lives, or at least until retirement. Social attitudes, institutional policies, and laws are slow to change, but they are catching up. Together, athletes, families, educators, allies, and fans are pushing for competitive equity so that every athlete, regardless of identity, can have the opportunity to play at their very best.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|Genre||Social Studies, Young Adult|
|Category||Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||104|
|Reading Counts! Level||11.7|
|BISACS||YAN032000, YAN053000, YAN051180|
|Dimensions||7 x 9|
|ATOS Reading Level||8.6|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||182908|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||4.0|
|Features||Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Foreword, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource|
Author: Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Kirstin Cronn-Mills, PhD, teaches writing, literature, and critical thinking at South Central College in North Mankato, Minnesota. She writes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books and articles. Her young adult fiction and nonfiction have been honored several times, including a Minnesota Book Award nomination for LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field in 2017. LGBTQ+ Athletes was also a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection, a 2017 American Library Association Rainbow List selection, and a 2017 Best Children's Books of the Year selection from Bank Street College.
Author: Alex Jackson Nelson
Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!
LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field
In 2015, the world watched as soccer star Abby Wambach kissed her wife after the US women’s World Cup victory. Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league first baseman David Denson came out as gay. And Caitlyn Jenner, an Olympic decathlete, came out as transgender. It… View available downloads →
- Minnesota Book Award Finalist
- Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Youth
- ALA Rainbow List
“[A] valuable survey of the status of LGBTQ+ athletes. . . . Happily, [Cronn-Mills] humanizes these issues. . . . [H]ers is an important contribution to the blossoming field of LGBTQ literature.”—starred, Booklist
“This brief and up-to-date overview . . . reinforce[s] the message that athletics are for everyone. . . . For libraries with strong interest in sports history or LGBTQIA topics.”—School Library Journal
“The positive tone and multitude of examples create the optimistic belief that LGBTQ athletes will be able to be true to themselves while competing in their chosen sport. High appeal for both athletes and those who support LGBTQ rights.”—Kirkus Reviews