An exploration of the openly gay and transgender athletes who represent Team USA.

First, through the storytelling of Ryan Montgomery, Queer Pro Ultra Runner, on how running has allowed him to explore and better understand himself. Second, a discussion with Chris Mosier, the first trans athlete to represent Team USA, on the past, present and future of advocacy for LGBTQ+ athletes. Then, a breakdown and call to action on how the listener can take immediate next steps on being an active participant in supporting LGBTQ+ runners.

Meet the guests:

Ryan Montgomery

  • Professional Ultra runner
  • Altra, 2XU, Suunto sponsored
  • Competing in 24hour World Championships in September for Team USA

Chris Mosier

  • 1st Trans athlete to make men’s Team USA
  • Nike sponsored
  • Two time National Champion

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Calls to action:

      1. Listen to experiences and stories of LGBTQ athletes
      2. Think about the companies you are supporting through your purchases. Consider if they are rainbow washing to appear to be doing work without supporting LGBTQ+ organizations
      3. Have empathy towards athletes competing in olympics- we never know what is going on underneath
      4. Donate to transathlete.com and support all the work Chris is doing at the moment against anti-trans legislation across the country.

Transathlete is a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play. The site pulls together existing information in one central location and breaks down information into easy-to-reference areas to help you find what you need.

If you take action and do one of our suggested takeaways, tell us! We would love to hear what you did, and how it changed you. Tag us in a post on Instagram or email info@runningforreal.com to share.

Running Realized is hosted by Tina Muir and Knox Robinson. Produced by Jon Phillips. Original music, sound design, and mix by Daniel Brunelle. Edited by Gordon Bramli. Cover image created by Mari De Monte and Toby Kelleher.

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