2005 Conference in DC

Launched Athlete Scholarship

Online Video of Keynotes from 2003 and 2004

2004 Program

2003 Program

Sports Leadership Congress

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GLAF Conference Testimonials

Full set of photos here


VIDEO footage is now online

“When you stand up here and look, at all of you, all of us here together …. Most of us have a shared experience in our lives … that each of us share a time in our lives where we felt a certain way and we felt different from everyone else and we felt alone and isolated and that were the only people in the world like this, and it’s incredible to see these rooms filled with people like me, and like each other – we have a huge family here.”

-- Mark Tewksbury, Gold Medal Olympian Swimmer


“This is just the beginning … I can see this conference grow to thousands of people attending …”

– Robert Dover, Bronze Medal Olympian Equestrian


“I had to scrap up change from a jar to make it to take two buses from Philadelphia to Boston … I’m so excited to be here.”

-- Paul Farber, journalist and runner at the University of Pennsylvania


“This is the first time I’ve ever talked about my sexuality in a public setting and this is a very moving moment for me … have the strength now and I want to be a part of this [movement].”

-- Holly Metcalf, Gold Medal Olympian Rower


“… for us as a group here [today] to build that bridge … for those that are able to live openly and honestly, you’re the hero and you can impact people that you don’t even know and that’s how we’re getting closer to being everywhere and being accepted …”

-- Billy Bean, Former Major League Baseball Player


“… sports challenges the distribution of power in society -- hyper-masculinity has caused more pain, more oppression, more discomfort in this society, than anything. We live in the most violent society -- guns are a masculine thing -- sports are a masculine thing -- masculinity causes violence -- violence against men and violence against women!” “This [conference] is the first time men and women have gotten together to talk about these issues.”

-- Eric Anderson, sociologist and author of “Trailblazing”


“I’m here on behalf of the US Olympic Committee and it’s a great step for the organization to play a more active role with the [gay] community … At the US Olympic Committee, they are very aware that they have LGBT staff and athletes and we’re about producing the best athletes and how to get the best performance out of the athletes.”

-- Alicia McConnell, Associate Director, Community Outreach Programs, United States Olympic Committee


“I have not had such a positive experience in so long a time. The GLAF conference was indeed overdue, I am very glad I was a part of this inaugural event.  Indeed, this is just the beginning of something remarkable.”

        -- Chuck Hagel, hockey player and organizer from Minnesota

See last year's videos and photos. Read the testimonials from 2003.



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