LGBTQ Sports Management

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LGBTQ Sports Management

It is often the sports players themselves who get the bulk of the attention when it comes to LGBTQ Sports. Of equal importance to sport is the many LGBTQ individuals involved in the administrative aspects of professional and amateur teams.

These individuals include the owners and presidents of the various sports teams, such as lesbian Sue Black (owner of the Milwaukee Wave soccer team) or gay Rick Welts (President of NBA's Golden State Warriors).

It also includes those individuals acting in the capacity of day-to-day management roles, such as lesbian Jayna Hefford (Spokesperson, Canadian Hockey Association's Initiation Program) or gay Kenny Dow (Senior Manager of Marketing for Seattle Storm soccer club).

In 2014 Major League Baseball appointed former gay baseball player Billy Bean as its Ambassador for Inclusion. England's Football Association has appointed Chris Gibbons as Inclusion Education Advisor. These are efforts to reach out to the sports’ LGBTQ supporters and show their support for inclusion in the sport.

Many LGBTQ individuals are involved in local amateur sporting associations and have an important role to play in the development of youth players. A notable example is gay Aldo Peralta of Mexico and the Los Lobos soccer team.

And finally, there are many LGBTQ activists involved in sports through international organizations (such as the Federation of Gay Games, Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA), the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association) or national organizations.

Sports management holds a powerful position when it comes to the recognition of LGBTQ human rights. For example, in 2016 the NBA decided to move its 2017 All Star game out of the state of North Carolina in protest of that states’ discriminatory legislation aimed at the community (known as ‘the bathroom law). The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) followed suit by withdrawing any championship series from the state.

We have identified LGBTQ sports management and administrators from Russia, Canada, Great Britain, the United States, Mexico, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Australia, and South Africa.




  • Gordon Dunbar - Director, Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association
  • Kimberly Hadley - Co-President, International Gay and Lesbian Football Association
  • Jayna Hefford - Spokesperson, Canadian Hockey Association's Initiation Program
  • Mark Tewksbury - Former Chef de Mission, Canadian Olympic Team


Great Britain




South Africa

United States

  • Joe Altenau - Director of Event Operations, New Jersey Devils ice hockey team
  • Greg Bader - VP Marketing and Communications, Baltimore Orioles baseball team
  • David Baggs - Senior Manager, Boston Red Sox Academy, Boston Red Sox baseball team
  • Billy Bean - Major League Baseball, Ambassador for Inclusion
  • Sue Black - Owner and CEO, Milwaukee Wave
  • Robert Brakel - Video Director, Arizona Cardinals
  • Erik Braverman - Vice-president marketing and broadcasting, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Lisa Brummel - Co-Owner, Seattle Storm WNBA team
  • Chris Burns - Assistant Basketball Coach, Bryant University Bulldogs
  • Caitlin Cahow - Board Member, Canadian Women's Hockey League
  • Kurt Dahl - Co-President, Federation of Gay Games
  • Gene Dermody - President, Federation of Gay Games
  • Kenny Dow - Senior Manager of Marketing, Seattle Storm
  • Jane Geddes - CEO, Executive Womens Golf Association; Executive director of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA)
  • Ginny Gilder - co-owner, Seattle Storm WNBA team
  • Mark Adam Haggerty - Ring announcer for Major League Wrestling
  • Bruce Hayes - Gay Games Ambassador
  • Carley Knox - Vice President of Business Operations, Minnesota Lynx
  • Tyson Lusk - Director of Baseball Operations, University of South Carolina
  • Drew Martin - Assistant Athletic Director, Texas Christian University (TCU)
  • Kevin McClatchy - Owner and former CEO, Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club
  • Karen Morrison - Director of Gender Inclusion, NCAA
  • Stephen Nick - Co-President, International Gay and Lesbian Football Association
  • Elisa Padilla - Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE), parent of Brooklyn Nets of the NBA
  • Jason Pippi - Director of Entertainment, St Louis Blues NHL hockey team
  • Steve Reed (sports) - Director of Human Resources, Washington Nationals baseball team
  • Laura Ricketts - owner, Chicago Cubs baseball club
  • Matt Schulte - Marketing Coordinator, Kansas City Royals baseball club
  • David Slattery - General Manager, NFL's Washington Redskins
  • Tom Waddell - Founder, Federation of Gay Games
  • Rick Welts - President & Chief of Operations, NBA Golden State Warriors

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