Next Wednesday, Aug. 1, Pasadena-based KPCC and the Crawford Family Forum will host a forum on sexual orientation and gender in sports, focusing on the Olympic Games. Event organizers had a desire to talk about intersex athletes, stemming from an interest in South African Olympian Caster Semenya.
Outsports contributor and author of The Front Runner Patricia Nell Warren will be part of the discussion. Warren has become a leading expert on intersex and transgender issues as they relate to sports, and the Olympics in particular. I will also join in the discussion. So join us next Wednesday for a lively evening in Pasadena!
Sex was why South African 800m runner and Olympic gold contender Caster Semenya was arguably the world’s most talked-about athlete a few years ago. Was she really female, or male? In 2010, after extensive medical testing, the International Association of Athletics Federations cleared Semenya to continue competing in women’s races, and this summer, she may well take first place at the 2012 London Olympics. Winning gold would be a singular victory on the track. Would it have other meaning outside the stadium?
On Wednesday, August 1st, KPCC’s Oscar Garza talks about sex and gender in sports and outside the realm of athletics. Along with guests Jennifer Doyle (Professor of English, UC Riverside), Cyd Zeigler, Jr. (Co-founder, Outsports.com), and Patricia Nell Warren (author, The Front Runner) we’ll talk about intersex runner Semenya’s story, and explore how men’s/women’s categories in sport are reflected in our social and cultural categories in everyday life.
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
Location: The Crawford Family Forum, 474 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Program
PHOTO: Sep 4, 2011; Daegu, SOUTH KOREA; Caster Semenya (RSA) flexes her biceps after placing second in the women’s 800m in 1:56.35 on Day 9 of the evening session of the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Daegu Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE