In the World

Out on the Playing Field

While the American LGBT community continues to fight in the courts for equal protection under the law, Mike Balaban, F75, is waging the battle on a less contested front: the country’s college and professional athletic fields.

“There are hardly any openly gay athletes in sports, because there’s still bias,” said Balaban, the co-chairman of Athlete Ally, a New York City nonprofit that works to end LGBT discrimination in college and professional sports. “Sports is the toughest remaining bastion of hyper-masculinity.”