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Anna is the Executive Director of GO! Athletes, the first national LGBTQ support group for student-athletes. She is the former Team Captain at the University of Pennsylvania, Women’s Track and Field Team and former Co-Chair of PATH (Penn Athletes and Allies Tackling Heterosexism and Homophobia). She currently resides in Philadelphia and continues to advocate on behalf of LGBTQ youth.

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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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