Last Tuesday, James Clifford and Katie Linder ’14.5 helped facilitate a discussion on homophobia and athletics at Middlebury. Over the past few months, this topic has come up on numerous occasions, perhaps spurred on in part by Wade Davis’ talk over J-term. middbeat caught up with the discussion leaders to see how the event went in their eyes. Katie writes in:
Last Tuesday night about 100 athletes came to McCullogh Social Space to talk about homophobia in athletics at Middlebury. All the varsity and club level I sports were represented except one team that had practice at the time of the event. The turnout was astonishing. In the fall, when James Clifford I started planning the event, I was thinking that we might get about 20 people, half of which would be from the women’s rugby team, as a favor to me. The idea for the event came from a meeting between members of the SGA Athletics Committee and the board of Middlebury Queers & Allies came together to find a way to talk about homophobia.