From the director of Small Town Gay Bar, Bear Nation and Continental comes the definitive gay sports documentary. Out to Win brings together the elder statesmen (and women) of gay sport – John Amaechi, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and many others.
Director Malcolm Ingram provides a comprehensive history of what it is to be an ‘out’ athlete, from David Kopay who came out in 1975 (three years into his retirement), to Billie Jean King who was outed by an ex-lover (and found her sponsors evaporating overnight), to Michael Sam who came out before he was even drafted to the NFL (some say to give him a unique ‘brand’). Although not interviewed himself, Sam’s journey through the draft provides a real-time engine to this fascinating and timely documentary. Journalists, agents and publicists discuss whether Sam’s experience signifies the death of ‘the closet’ in sports, and whether LGBTIQ athletes can be marketable in today’s society.
As sports teams around the world begin taking tougher stances against homophobia, Out to Win will provide young LGBTIQ athletes with an abundance of inspiration to reach the top of their game.
"Out to Win aims to inspire, not just young people dreaming of a career in sports, but also those who’ve accomplished that goal, and yet have been forced to deny that facet of their identity as part of the bargain." - Variety
Australian sporting stars Ian Thorpe, Matthew Mitcham, Sally Shipard, Daniel Kowalski, Shelly Gorman-Sandie and Casey Conway will form a panel discussion about being elite gay athletes after the screening.
Presented with: ACON and Pride in Diversity and Pride in Sport Index