“Training Rules” with discussion facilitated by Pat Griffin

Location: Smitty B 106

Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years coaching basketball at Pennsylvania State University – no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. Training Rules, examines how a wealthy athletic department, enabled by the silence of a complacent university, allowed talented athletes, thought to be gay, to be dismissed from their college team. The film follows the lawsuit filed in 2006 against Portland and Penn State by student athlete Jennifer Harris. This high profile case ignite the world of women’s collegiate sports. It inspired the discussions so sorely needed to end discrimination based on sexual orientation that pervades all organized sport.

Pat Griffin is an Emerita Professor in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was also the Director of It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for LGBT Issues in Sport. In 2007 Dr. Griffin was named one of the 100 most influential sports educators by the International Sports Institute. She leads classes and workshops on sexism, racism, ableism, heterosexism/homophobia, and other forms of social injustice in education. Her research and writing interests focus on heterosexism and homophobia in education, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender teachers and students, and heterosexism and homophobia in athletics, with a particular interest in women’s sports.

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