Monday, November 24, 2014

Notre Dame supports LGBTQ athletes in two-minute video

The video was made in conjunction with You Can Play, an organization co-founded by Notre Dame alum Patrick Burke that promotes equality, respect and safety for athletes regardless of their sexual orientation.

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 11:41 p.m.

SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame has released a two-minute video in support of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning athletes.

The video was made in conjunction with You Can Play, a national project dedicated to “ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation,” its mission states.

You Can Play was co-founded by Patrick Burke, a graduate of Notre Dame.

The video, which was uploaded to Notre Dame’s YouTube channel on May 2, features student athletes and Jack Swarbrick, athletic director.

“Because the University values LGBTQ students in the Notre Dame community, as indeed it values all of its students, the university is committed to fostering an environment of welcome and mutual respect that is grounded in its Catholic mission,” Swarbrick says at the beginning of the video.

Athletics and sexual orientation have been hot topics of discussion recently. 

A social media firestorm was recently ignited when football player Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on camera after being drafted to the NFL. The celebratory display of affection brought both praise and criticism from athletes, sports fans and the general public. 

Sam is the first openly gay player drafted to the league, CNN reports.

According to You Can Play, production of the Notre Dame video was spurred by two current Notre Dame student-athletes, Matt Dooley and Olivia Kacsits. Kacsits, a rower, identifies as lesbian. Dooley, a tennis player, identifies as gay.


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