The Changing Nature of Lesbian Athletes Coming Out In Competitive Organised Team Sports

Bullingham, Rachael ORCID: 0000-0002-1940-3008 (2018) The Changing Nature of Lesbian Athletes Coming Out In Competitive Organised Team Sports. In: The Exercising Female: Science and its application. Routledge Research in Sport and Exercise Science . Routledge, London, pp. 187-197. ISBN 9780815391982

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This chapter seeks to examine the changing nature of coming out for female athletes engaged in competitive, organised, team sports. Using Griffin’s (1998) climates of homophobia, it is possible to show the changing environments within team sports in a culture of declining homophobia. Additionally, the diminishing need for athletic capital is examined, using research from men’s and women’s sport in recreational settings. Finally, the need for athletes to make a statement when coming out has declined, in line with a decrease in cultural homophobia. The changing nature of women’s sexual fluidity, and the lesbian label becoming negated, has led to a sporting environment that can be described as open and inclusive.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 14.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women and Sport; Exercising Women; Female Athletes; Gender and Sport
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Kate Greenaway
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 15:21
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:08

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