From Cyd Zeigler, Jr., at OutSports….
It was an honor to speak at the Celebration of LGBT Athletes at Stanford University last week, in recognition of the school’s placement on Campus Pride’s Out To Play Project list. Stanford Senior Associate Athletic Director Earl Koberlein was on hand to accept the Campus Pride award.
The event was organized by some fantastic alumni, students and Stanford staff members including Kathy Levinson, Holly Fetter, Tina Syer and Inge Margrethe Hansen. While the athletic department did send Koberlein as a representative, they did not actively participate in the organizing of the event.
My remarks focused on two aspects of Stanford’s community. First was the change in culture on campus. When I was there from 1991-’95,several varsity athletes brutally defaced a “Gay Liberation” statue on campus. After I came out, fraternity brothers of mine (who were on the varsity wrestling team) refused to even shake my hand. Talking to several out gay students, they said those actions were unfathomable on campus now.