"Queer" on three!: Athletic culture and the transformative power of sport
Jones, Chelsea Elizabeth
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This article explores how the transformative potential in sport in order to create "safer" spaces for LGBT athletes, as well as athletes of all backgrounds, lies in the ordinary yet vital aspects of athletics. These ordinary aspects include the power of the coach, loss and losing, and jock culture. Although world-class athletes such as Jason Collins, Martina Navratilova, and Billie Jean King have sparked conversations regarding LGBT athletes in the sports world, it is also imperative to explore how change can occur on the ground level in everyday athletic contexts. Because coaching (or a variation of leadership), loss, and jock culture exist in almost every sport context, these aspects lead to key ways that nonviolent spaces can be established not only for LGBT athletes, but for all athletes.