Winning the LGBTQ+ Inclusion Game in Volleyball

On behalf of the Sports Equality Foundation (SEF) and the Equality Coaches Alliance (ECA), a non-profit and community advocacy network for LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches, and sports professionals, we will be hosting a classroom style seminar and discussion on how to create a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ+ volleyball players and coaches to thrive. In this session we will discuss the impact of internalized homophobia and transphobia on mental health and performance, advocate for affirmative measures that can be implemented to support LGBTQ+ community members, and share resources to support your LGBTQ+ athletes. This session is designed for every level of coach, club director, and other stakeholder in the volleyball community that wants to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion and ensure the safety of their team and staff members. The session will be presented by SEF/ECA and AVCA¬ member coaches that identity as LGBTQ+. Presenters will share their own personal stories as LGBTQ+ volleyball players and coaches, in addition to teaching LGBTQ+ allyship education.

Topics covered in this session will include:

  • Actionable strategies to make your program and locker room an inclusive space where LGBTQ+ athletes and coaches feel safe
  • The value of “Pride Events” and how to host one at your university
  • How to navigate “coming out” professionally • How to make your LGBTQ+ identified recruit feel safe and welcome in your program
  • Suggested policies and codes of conduct for players, coaches, and fans that promote inclusion
  • Tips for showing signs of allyship and creating a culture of LGBTQ+ inclusion in any volleyball program

This content is an exclusive benefit for American Volleyball Coaches Association Members. If you’re a member, and you’ll get immediate access.

If you’re not yet a member, you’ll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also eligibility for awards for coaches, teams, and athletes, inclusion in the member directory, access to year-round educational content, discounts to AVCA events and on AVCA products and so much more.