John Gleaves, Ph.D.-  California State University, Fullerton.

Dr Gleaves received his doctoral degree in kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 where he focused on the historical and philosophical aspects of sport. His dissertation focused on the socio-cultural issues related to doping and performance enhancing drugs in sports. He has successfully published papers in refereed journals including the Journal of Philosophy of Sport, Sports, Ethics and Philosophy, the International Journal of the History of Sport and the Journal of Sport History. Dr Gleaves’ future research aims to explore the ongoing philosophical issues related to sport, science and culture including issue related to doping, gender testing and the medicalization of sport.

Cyd Zeigler-  commentator and author in the field of sexuality and sports

He is a former sports editor for Genre Magazine, former associate editor for the New York Blade, and has written for Playboy, MSNBC, CNN, New York Press andOut Magazine. He has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports Radio, CNN, and MSNBC as well as contributing to Sports Illustrated, Logo and the New York Times.

In 1999, Zeigler and Jim Buzinski founded They co-authored The Outsports Revolution: Truth & Myth in the World of Gay Sports. In 2016, Zeigler wrote Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes Are Claiming Their Rightful Place in Sports, which is about out the evolving treatment of LGBTQ athletes in organized sports.   Zeigler is credited with breaking the story of John Amaechi coming out of the closet in February 2007. Amaechi had contacted Zeigler months before, and Zeigler connected Amaechi with the publicist Howard Bragman, who had assisted other gay athletes in coming out. Zeigler has also broken national stories including the coming out of then-NFL prospect Michael Sam, the late gay brother of NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, transgender Div. 1 NCAA athlete Kye Allums, openly gay football players Wade Davis and Alan Gendreau, and a racial headline by ESPN in reference to Jeremy Lin.