AUTHOR: Cyd Zeigler
PUBLISHER: Edge of Sports
DATE: 2016
PAGES: 288

Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports

by Cyd Zeigler

When Cyd Zeigler started writing about LGBT sports issues in 1999, no one wanted to talk about them. Today, this is a central conversation in American society that reverberates throughout the sports world and beyond.

In Fair Play, Zeigler tells the story of how sports have transformed for LGBT athletes, diving into key moments and issues that have shaped sports for LGBT people today. He shares intimate behind-the-scenes details about various athletes and stories–including NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox, and NFL hopeful Michael Sam, among others–along with contextual insights about elite sports, including the overhyped “distraction” myth surrounding gay athletes.

Always the forward-thinker, Zeigler maps out the necessary steps to complete sports’ transformation and fully open athletics to LGBT people.


Fair Play briefly includes the experiences of one bisexual athlete, Conner Mertens. The coverage is not extensive — the term “bisexual” is used a total of 5 times through the entire book.

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