In many ways, our culture has become more accepting of members of the LGBTQ community, but some spaces and fields, including athletics, lag behind. Homophobia still exists in locker rooms, on playing fields, and in the stands.
The fear of homophobia and possible career-ending discrimination keeps many athletes in the closet.
On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with two former competitive athletes about being LGBTQ in sports circles and how they’ve learned to define masculinity for themselves. Guests this hour include Evan Risk, a high school cross-country coach and junior high track and field and basketball coach in Iowa City, as well as Landon Streit, a former Iowa State football player who grew up in north central Iowa.