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This year is the 45th anniversary of the passage of Title IX into law. The Obama administration strengthened the statute, adding protections for transgender students and sexual assault victims to law which was intended to assist women in finding equality in education, government employment, and sports. Even though more women than ever are seeking to prevent or redress gender-based discrimination through the provisions of Title IX, the Trump administration is seeking to make budget cuts to the Office of Civil Rights and to limit the breadth of civil rights investigations. While Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may not be able to dismantle or repeal the law, it is unlikely that their staff will be encouraged to enforce, let alone expand it.

This is our Sports issue and in it we celebrate many women who, in all probability, would never have attained and enjoyed careers in professional sports without Title IX--a law whose effect has been most impactful for women and girls in education and athletics. In fact, it's very likely that this issue of Curve would disappear from your hands if Title IX had never happened. To read about why the law is important, what it's done for girls and women, and why it must be protected, read "A Level Playing Field" by Victoria A. Brownworth on page 16.

Based on our online poll last month, Curve readers would like to see more women athletes come out and encounter less discrimination and homophobia from management and sponsors when they do. You were right on the money! Of all the complaints filed with the Office of Civil Rights, 80 percent pertain to discrimination in sports, which indicates that we still have a long way to go before we have true equality.

This issue, we chose basketball champion Sue Bird of the WNBA's Seattle Storm as our cover girl. This newly out, four-time Olympic gold medal winner is a lesson in strength, persistence, and humility. I hope you enjoy Lucy J. Madison's excellent interview on page 62. And if Sue Bird isn't enough to inspire you to support your favorite team or athlete, be sure to go see Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone, when it is released nationally on September 22. Battle of the Sexes is about the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King and Riggs played in the Houston Astrodome, and the match was nationally televised in 1973, long before ESPN and the Tennis Channel. If you don't know the story of that legendary game, I don't want to spoil it for you here. Just go and see the movie and be inspired by King's fierce determination to legitimize the sport of tennis for all women. The film's release this month could not be more timely.

It's viscerally thrilling to watch athletes who are at the peak of their game, but it's important to remember that not all of us are lucky enough to have bodies that function at that level. An in-depth article on the estimated 3 million disabled queer women in America is overdue, and I hope you enjoy meeting the amazing women on page 18, and reading about their struggles--and their triumphs.

Enjoy this issue, and I hope it gives you the strength and inspiration you need to see out your goals for 2017.




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Date:Sep 27, 2017
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