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Gay athletes to raise awareness of homophobia in sport

PHILADELPHIA -- Out professional soccer player Joanna Lohman will headlining an event to raise awareness of homophobia and discrimination in sport.

The GO! (Generation Out!) Athletes event will be from 7 to 9 pm EDT on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

The event will provide opportunities for the scholar athlete community to come together to hear stories by OUT sports role models. GO! Athletes envisions this relaunch as the first of many awareness-building initiatives to occur across the nation.

Lohman plays for DC United and formerly was with the Philadelphia Independence. She will give the keynote speech.

Scheduled to attend are Pennsylvania state Rep.-elect Brian Sims and Helen Carroll, sports project director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Event sponsors include The LGBT Center of the University of Pennsylvania, PNC Bank, Pat Griffin, City Tap House, Yerger Tech, Team Philadelphia, Balance Health Center, Privileged Communication, The Philadelphia Orchestra, PATH, More Than Just Ice Cream, Falcons Soccer, You Can Play Project, Nightlifegay.com, Steve Oatmeyer, and Rittenhouse Specialties.

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About GO! Athletes

GO! Athletes is the first national network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) high school, college, and former student-athletes that serves to educate and empower. We connect LGBTQA student-athletes with other LGBTQA student-athletes, and serve as a united voice to encourage schools to create safer spaces. GO! Athletes is dedicated to educating athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans to foster athletic communities that are accepting of ALL, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Visit HERE for more information.