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Anna Aagenes
Anna Aagenes is an LGBTQ activist, writer, and speaker. She is one of the Co-Founders of GO! (Generation Out) Athletes, the nation’s first educational organization dedicated to LGBTQ student-athletes. Anna also serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims. Previously, Anna worked for the Adolescent Initiative (AI) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which serves young people who are living with HIV/AIDS.

Anna graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and as a major in Gender, Society and Culture (GSOC). As the team captain for the Women's Track & Field and Cross Country teams, she became a two-time NCAA Regional qualifier and a school record holder in three events. She currently resides in Center City, Philadelphia.

Entries by Anna Aagenes

LGBT Youth Participate in Unforgettable Giants Game

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 2:10 PM


As the smoke rose, the crowd cheered, and the stadium music got louder, the Giants players emerged to enter "the gauntlet." In the beginning of each game, the gauntlet is formed by two lines of people who enthusiastically high-five the players as they...

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14 LGBT Resolutions for 2014

(9) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 3:52 PM

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For many successful businesses, organizations, teams or individuals, the end of the year often marks a time for reflection and celebration of successes, and also a time to think about changes we want to make in the upcoming year. For the LGBT community,...

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Being Bi: Coming Out to Both LGBT and Non-LGBT Communities

(15) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 9:56 PM

Last week, on National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), countless LGBT people across the country took the opportunity "come out" as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Although we celebrate our LGBT identities on this day, many people outside the LGBT community may not realize that, in reality, we are...

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Thank You to Fellow Track Athletes Standing Up for LGBT Rights in Moscow

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Last week's performances and political statements during the World Championships in track and field give us hope that athletes will continue to be vocal allies for LGBT athletes.

Like any former track and field athlete, I love watching the drama and story of a track meet unfold. Nothing is more...

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Coaches Need to Be Public Allies of LGBT Athletes

(4) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:38 PM

Ever since I was a kid, I have looked up to my coaches as if they could do no wrong. Even in college, after I learned (as most kids do) that my coaches were human too, I wanted to do everything in my power to please my coach. If my...

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Come Out Like A Girl: Why Athletes Like Brittney Griner Deserve Our Applause and Our Attention

(19) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Two weeks after the insanity that is March Madness, something amazing happened: The top women's college basketball player of 2013, and the number-one WNBA draft pick, Brittney Griner, came out as a lesbian.

Let me repeat that again: The number-one draft pick for the Women's National Basketball Association came out....

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Out Athletes Are Being Left on the Sidelines

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 7:46 PM

If you have ever played sports, you know there's nothing worse than the sting of being kept on the sidelines when all you want to do is play the game. I came out as bisexual when I was 16, but I stayed closeted to my team and contemplated quitting sports...

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How Our Generation of Out Athletes and Allies Can Change Sports Culture

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 2:01 PM

My college girlfriend and I were both Division I student athletes. Although she and I were both smart, strong and determined women, we both struggled with being the only "out" members of our varsity sports teams. According to Campus Pride's 2012 "LGBTQ National College Athlete Report," lesbian, gay,...

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The First Ever Nike LGBT Sports Summit: Challenging Athletes to "Be True" and "Be Champions"

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 7:02 PM

As I packed my bags for the Nike LGBT Sports Summit last month, I felt as though I was preparing for the "ball" of my dreams. iPad? Check... Running sneakers? Check... LGBTQ Pride? Double check! I could not believe I was headed to Nike Headquarters in Portland to represent

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Reflections on the 2012 NCAA Inclusion Forum: My Journey From Student Athlete to LGBT Advocate

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 5:50 PM

As someone who never dreamed that she could be both an athlete and "out" as LGBT, this year's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Equity and Inclusion Forum has had a special significance for me. It hit me immediately after I spoke to the audience about my story, a...

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