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Eastern Michigan adds gay-athlete group

A new group supporting gay athletes has popped up at Eastern Michigan University this semester. The group, called Student Alliance for Gay Athletes, was founded by Maggie Manville, the former starting goalkeeper of the women's soccer team. The group has 75 Facebook members and includes gay athletes and straight allies. Via the school's student newspaper, Eastern Echo:

“Our biggest goal is to implement safe training in EMU Athletics and have all the coaches and all the captains go through this training,” Manville said. “We’re teaming up with the LGBTRC to provide this safe training. They provide ally and diversity training and it’s something athletics needs now with all that’s happening in this country with the recent gay teen suicides. If we can reach out and educate others, I think SAGA will have a bright future.”

Other group organizers include male runners and divers and