Frameline Film Festival Highlights LGBTQ in Sports

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 (Courtesy "Game Face" and Frameline)

When tennis champion Billie Jean King came out as a lesbian in 1981, she lost all of her endorsement deals within 24 hours. But when defensive end Michael Sam announced that he was gay, he immediately snagged an endorsement deal with Visa. Frameline, the San Francisco LGBTQ film festival, is highlighting the changing nature of sexuality in sports with "Game Changers," its series of six films featuring LGBTQ athletes. We'll get a preview of the films and discuss the dynamic landscape of gay, bisexual and transgender athletes in sports.


Peter Stein, senior programmer for Frameline

Malcolm Ingram, director of "Out to Win," a documentary about LGBT athletes in pro sports

Jason Collins, retired NBA player who came out as gay in 2014 and was featured in the documentary "Out to Win"

Ken Pries, vice president of broadcasting and communications for the Oakland A's, sponsors of the Frameline Film Festival

Fallon Fox, mixed martial arts athlete and the first openly transgender athlete in MMA history; she's featured in the documentary "Game Face," which plays at Frameline