Book review: LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality, by Kirsten Cronn-Mills

Cronn-Mills, Kirsten. LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality. Twenty-First Century Books, 2017. $34.65. 104p. ISBN 978-1-4677-8012-4. Ages 12-16. P8Q7

This depiction of several LGBTQIA amateur and professional athletes covering a wide variety of sports is divided into five thematic chapters: prejudice against the athletes, their coming out, transgender and intersex athletes, regulations, and possible evolution of LGBT+ athletes in sports.

Verdict: The individuals in the book represent a balance of genders with photographs in both color and black and white. The delineation of topics is not always clear-cut, and sidebars don’t always fit the topic on the page. Yet the book covers an important topic for its audience, and a timeline at the end of the book gives a chronological feel for progress since 1932.

March 2017 review by Nel Ward.

[Editor’s note: Other reviews note that the book emphasies transgender athletes, but, despite the title, includes no information on bisexual or queer identified athletes.]

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