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Homophobia and Sport

Team sports are often seen a traditionally homophobia arena within society. Yet in this interview Dr Eric Anderson argues that this widespread assumption is increasingly inaccurate. Through analysing the relationship between sport and wider society he offers an account of how wider cultural and social changes in relation to homophobia are starting to manifest themselves in more relaxed and tolerant attitudes within team sports. Drawing on his extensive empirical research he argues that young people today are increasingly comfortable with the presence of homosexuality and that all the evidence suggests this trend looks set to continue. He also discusses his own experiences as America's first openly gay high school coach.

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Further Reading

Eric Anderson - Openly Gay Athletes: Contesting Hegemonic Masculinity in a Homophobic Environment 

Eric Anderson - "Being Masculine is not About who you Sleep with...": Heterosexual Athletes Contesting Masculinity and the One-time Rule of Homosexuality

Eric Anderson - John Amaechi: Changing the Way Sport Reporters Examine Gay Athletes

Eric Anderson - Trailblazing: the True Story of America's First Openly Gay Highschool Coach

Eric Anderson - The Problem of Heterosexuality in a Homophobic Culture [third video lecture on page]

Eric Anderson - In The Game: Gay Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity

Our apologies for the poor sound quality in the final third of the interview.