University of Connecticut

Events Calendar

Lecture: Title IX & LGBT Athletes/Coaches

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, “Equality, Sports and Law: How Title IX Protects the Civil Rights of LGBT Athletes and Coaches” and will be presented by Erin Buzuvis.

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Even though it does not mention sexual orientation and gender identity, the law has nevertheless been interpreted by courts and government agencies to similarly prohibit discrimination on those grounds. This presentation will explain how the law has and could potentially be applied to secure the rights of LGBT athletes and coaches. It will also examine how politics of religious freedom and states’ rights are presently operating as obstacles to Title IX’s full promise for LGBT equality.

Erin Buzuvis is a Professor of Law at Western New England University in Springfield MA. She researches, writes, and teaches about sex, gender, and sexual-orientation discrimination in education, athletics, and other contexts. She is a co-founder and contributor to the Title IX Blog, and the author of several academic chapters and articles about Title IX as well as gender and sexual orientation discrimination more broadly, particularly in sport.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, UConn Master Calendar

Control Panel