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Eric Lueshen
Eric Lueshen is a diversity consultant and co-founder of the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program, which helps create an infrastructure for athletic leadership to support LGBTQ inclusion at all levels of sport through programming, policy and public awareness initiatives. He is also a motivational speaker on topics such as authentic living, anti-bullying, masculinity, LGBTQ inclusion, mental health, engineering and sports. Eric has spoken at and consulted with numerous universities, businesses and conferences. As a place kicker for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2003-2006, Eric was likely the first openly gay Division 1 college football player. He is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and podcasts. His drive has led to numerous accolades on and off the field. While finishing his PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Eric found a passion for LGBTQ inclusion in sport work and has vowed to make the world of sport a safe place for all. He is a member of GO! Athletes and actively contributes to organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, OutSports and the LGBT Sports Foundation.

Entries by Eric Lueshen

Groundbreaking Program Encourages College And Professional Sports Leaders to be LGBT Inclusive

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 5:59 PM

Co-authored by Nevin Caple, Co-Founder and Managing Director at LGBT SportSafe


NEW YORK, NY (June 22, 2016) -- In the summer of 2015, after years of helping college coaches and administrators identify ways to translate intention into action to reach LGBT inclusion...

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Gay Games a Revelation for Former College Football Player

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:57 PM

This week I had the privilege of experiencing my first, and definitely not my last, Gay Games in Cleveland and Akron. Although I wasn't participating, just being in the presence of so many LGBT athletes from all over the world was inspiring. It made me reflect on a...

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From Nebraska Football to Professional Sports, Gay Athletes are Inspiring Change

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 11:07 AM


In 2003, I was a redshirt freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A place kicker. I had excelled at a lot of sports in high school, but football was what I wanted to pursue and being a Husker was just about every boy's...

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