Directed by Malcolm Ingram
Followed by a Q&A with former Olympian, Rosie Cossar
Details: From pioneers like tennis champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King to tomorrow’s superstars, Out to Win chronicles the history of LGBT in sports through the personal stories of trailblazing athletes, coaches, agents, fans and—perhaps most importantly—the media.
Sports have the power to reflect and define our cultural identity and shape gender roles. When Michael Sam was drafted to the NFL in 2014, it was a groundbreaking event that blew the closet doors wide open on the challenges faced by professional LGBT athletes around the globe. The personal stories of trailblazers who openly share the sacrifices and conflicts that consumed their professional aspirations give context to present-day athletes whose private lives are increasingly scrutinized in our celebrity-focused culture.
Filmmaker Malcolm Ingram connects these generations through the groundbreaking work of advocacy organizations and leaders like Jason Collins who have positively and permanently transformed the professional sports landscape, courts and fields.
The screening will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with Olympian, Rosie Cossar. Rosie was the team captain of the first Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics team to qualify for an Olympic Games: London 2012, a 2011 Pan American 3 time medalist, and the first openly “out” competing rhythmic gymnast in the world. Rosie is the current undergraduate representative with the Athletics and Recreation Committee at UTSC. She has been advocating for LGBTQ inclusion in sport ever since her retirement from competition in 2012.
When: Tues., Feb. 23, 6 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
About the Conscious Activism Doc Series
Born of a desire to address injustice, each documentary we screen is an exploration of the complex relationship between social justice, spirit and activism. This semester’s screenings follow our model of showing award-winning documentaries that represent a diverse landscape spanning local, national, and global issues of social justice, and giving audiences the opportunity to engage the filmmakers and activists involved.