Former NFL star heads Gay Games conference

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Openly gay former NFL linebacker Esera Tuaolo and South African Olympian Leigh-Ann Nadoo will keynote Sports Equality Day, a special one-day sports conference for the Gay Games scheduled for Friday, July 14 from 1030 am to 430 pm at Roosevelt University

In addition to the lunch keynote presentations, three workshops will be led by international experts. The workshops will focus on youth sports, the international LGBT sports movement, and educational efforts aimed at reducing barriers to sports among women and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) community.

Sports Equality Day is jointly presented by Gay Games Chicago, the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and the Gay Lesbian Athletics Foundation (GLAF). The Women’s Sports Foundation is a special supporter of the final workshop.

“We are very excited to have this cultural and educational event as an integral part of the 2006 Gay Games in Chicago, said Suzi Arnold, Co-Chair of Gay Games Chicago.

“Thousands of athletes, gay and straight, will be part of the next chapter in global sports history and Gay Games Chicago is pleased to provide an opportunity for a forum to discuss the impact sports has on youth, the LGBT community and the world.”

“We live in a society obsessed with, and influenced by, sports,” said O Mac Chinsomboon, executive director of GLAF. “This forum is much more than an academic event as it will provide valuable networking opportunities for athletes in the Olympic, professional, amateur, collegiate and high school sports communities.”

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