Pat Griffin

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Industry Education
Location Massachusetts, United States
Introduction I’m the former director of It Takes A Team, an education and advocacy project addressing LGBT issues in sport. I'm also a Professor Emerita in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This is a fancy way of saying that I took early retirement from the university. I spend my retirement doing what I can to make sure that younger generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes and coaches can live openly, be recognized for their talents and respected for their character instead of hated, misunderstood or feared for their sexual orientation or gender identity. I wrote a book entitled, Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbian and Homophobia in Sports, published by Human Kinetics, 1998. I am also co-editor of Teaching For Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook for Teachers and Trainers, Routledge, the second edition of which will be available in the spring, 2007. I married the love of my life on July 10, 2004. I am blessed with good health, a wonderful home, a great circle of friends and a loving family.
Interests Kayaking, Swimming, Biking, Racketball, Geocaching, Motorcyle Riding, Golf, the Boston Red Sox, Women's College Basketball (especially my Maryland Terps), I won a bronze medal at the 1994 Gay Games in the triathlon and a gold medal in the hammer throw (don’t ask) at the Gay Games in 1998.