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The NCAA releases official guide on sexual orientation and athletics

The NCAA has released an 82-page guide for administrators, coaches and students to help create a more inclusive environment for gay, lesbian and transgender college athletes.

The guide, titled “Champions of Respect,” provides instructions for navigating a variety of situations, including instructions for coaches on how to react when a player comes out, and advice for when teammates date other teammates.

It's a playbook, so to speak, on how to make college sports a safe, accepting space for a growing number of LGBTQ athletes. And, as recent scandals surrounding the homophobic culture of professional sports and allegations that college players are being vetted for their sexuality at NFL combine interviews, it's clearly a much needed reference.

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