Krista Perry was born in Boise, ID in 1983. After coming out in her sophomore year in college, Perry began support groups within the athletic community at Dartmouth College to help others face the challenges and stereotypes of being a gay athlete. At the time of the interview, Perry is the co-chair of the Idaho Safe Schools Coalition - a group dedicated to creating safe school for all students no matter their gender or identity. This interview also discusses the changes in terminology used within the gay community and the difficulty of changing the mindset of a conservative community.
Athletics, stereotypes, homophobia in sports, depression, suicide, Ellen DeGeneres, internet, shame, Dartmouth, LGBT terminology, “It Gets Better” campaign, Gay/Straight Alliance, Idaho Safe Schools Coalition
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