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Student athletes tackle homophobia with ‘You Don’t Say’ campaign

Nick Duffy January 25, 2015
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Student athletes at Duke University are taking part in a powerful campaign to challenge homophobia, transphobia, and other prejudice.

Student athletes tackle homophobia with ‘You Don’t Say’ campaign
The Facebook and Twitter campaign, titled ‘You Don’t Say’, sees a number of students at the university explaining why they are uncomfortable with the use of certain words.Student athletes tackle homophobia with ‘You Don’t Say’ campaign
In addition to sexuality and gender, the campaign – which is a collaboration between student groups Think Before You Talk and Blue Devils United – also touches on race, disability and sexism.Student athletes tackle homophobia with ‘You Don’t Say’ campaign
Daniel Kort of the Blue Devils United told the Duke Chronicle: “Sports are really integral to our campus culture, and with that comes a pretty big microphone around our athletic culture.

“It’s easier to dismiss a message if it’s coming from a social justice-oriented group on campus.Student athletes tackle homophobia with ‘You Don’t Say’ campaign
“By getting people who aren’t traditionally seen as the social justice kids on campus to stand up for this message, it carries a lot more weight. It’s also that these student-athletes care a lot about the issues.”Student athletes tackle homophobia with ‘You Don’t Say’ campaign
Think Before You Tak president Jay Sullivan added: “Often people look at this and say, ‘Oh, they’re trying to censor speech’.

“What really this is is student-athletes that are taking a stand on a social issue they care about.
Student athletes tackle homophobia with ‘You Don’t Say’ campaign
“The word represents something more than that. That’s why it was important to get people who were very passionate about it.”

Related topics: athletes, campaign, Duke, Duke University, Gay, Homophobia, LGBT, Sport features, student, US

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