Changing the Game for Young Trans Athletes: A Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Shane Diamond '10

Changing the Game Panel

About the Event

On Thursday, October 14th, Bowdoin Athletics, Alumni Relations, and the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center welcomed Changing the Game Impact Campaign Coordinator, human rights advocate, and former Bowdoin women's ice hockey captain Shane Diamond '10 (he/him) to Bowdoin for a virtual panel discussion with Katie Greene (she/her), assistant athletic director and diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator at Bowdoin College; Anne Lieberman (they/them), policy expert from Athlete Ally; and Andraya Yearwood (she/her), athlete in Changing the Game. Rachel Reinke (she/her), associate director of the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center at Bowdoin College, moderated a discussion about the film and action steps everyone can take to help change the game for young trans athletes. 

The Changing the Game panel recording can be viewed here. Please email alumni@bowdoin.edu to receive the password. 

Get involved:Changing the Game Resource Page

 

About the Film

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Changing the Game is a documentary film from Emmy-award winner Michael Barnett that follows three transgender high school athletes as they fight to compete as their authentic selves in their respective sports. The film follows transgender Texas wrestler Mack Beggs, who was forced to compete against girls despite wishing he could wrestle with other boys, Connecticut runner Andraya Yearwood who has found safety and support on her girls track team amidst vitriolic parents and opponents, and New Hampshire skier and fierce young transgender advocate, Sarah Rose Huckman. Their stories are powerful examples of what happens when we let kids be themselves, participating fully as students, athletes, friends, and family members. This Hulu Original documentary serves as an entry-point for anyone who wants to understand more about what it means to be a trans young person today.

 

About the panelists

Shane Diamond ‘10 is an educator, transgender advocate, communications professional, and former collegiate women’s ice hockey player. A proud New Mexican, he serves as the Impact Campaign Manager for Changing the Game, developing educational materials, building coalitions for inclusion, and engaging communities through outreach and event opportunities, bringing the lifesaving power of storytelling and sport to people across the country, one screening and one conversation at a time. Shane has led local, statewide, and national communications efforts at the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), EqualityMaine, and Speak About It, Inc. where he was the founder and Executive Director for eight years. For his work, Shane has been featured as one of Maine Magazine’s 50 Mainers Balancing Heritage and Progress and most recently shared his own story of survival through sports with the Condé Nast LGBTQ vertical them. He is also the third all-time penalty minute holder for Bowdoin women’s ice hockey. Shane lives in Brooklyn with his partner and their dog where you can find him maintaining a sourdough starter, writing and performing stand up comedy, and training for the 2022 AIDS/LifeCycle.  

Katie Greene joined Bowdoin as the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations in the spring of 2019. Greene has extensive collegiate athletic administrative background, most recently at New England College, where she served as Associate Director of Athletics. Prior to that, Green was the Associate A.D. and head women's basketball coach at Mount Ida College, the Director of Basketball Operations at Brown University and Assistant A.D., and Senior Woman Administrator and head women's basketball coach at Newbury College. Greene assumes a number of administrative roles within the department including oversight of day to day and future budget operations, scheduling, game management and oversight of student employees while serving as a member of the senior management team. She also acts as Bowdoin's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. Greene's past work in support of DEI initiatives includes years of work at the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Social Responsibility at Pine Manor College and teaching first-year seminars at multiple institutions on ILSR as well. 

Anne Lieberman is a social justice strategist, sport policy wonk and lifelong athlete. Currently, Anne serves as the Director of Policy and Programs for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization working to dismantle the structures of oppression that isolate, exclude and endanger LGBTQI+ people in sport. Anne has over a decade of experience in advancing LGBTQI+ rights and gender equity globally, including leading grantmaking and advocacy efforts in South and Southeast Asia for American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and two years in Thailand on a Fulbright Fellowship conducting research on gender and sexuality in Muay Thai. Previously, Anne worked as a researcher for the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP) and was awarded a Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Fellowship. Anne holds an M.A. from Columbia University in Human Rights and a B.A. in African and African American Studies and Women's Studies from Fordham University. Anne is a 3x national champion Muay Thai Fighter and coach and heads USA Muay Thai’s Gender Equality Commission.

Andraya Yearwood is an activist, athlete and current college student. As a trans student-athlete from Connecticut, she has been a fierce advocate for her right to compete which has compelled her to fight for the rights of all trans athletes across the country. Andraya has been a featured panelist at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Outsports Pride Summit at the University of California, Los Angeles, and more. No stranger to adversity, discrimination, and vitriol from opposing parents and spectators, Andraya has continued to raise her voice to advocate for her place on the track and other trans people in sport writ large. Bolstered by the support of her friends and family, Andraya is motivated by the strength of those around her to continue the fight for trans athletes to compete as their authentic selves.