Training Rules examines how women's collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, colludes in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes.
More about this Film:
Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years coaching basketball at Pennsylvania State University—no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. Training Rules examines how a wealthy athletic department, enabled by the silence of a complacent university, allowed talented athletes, thought to be gay, to be dismissed from their college team.
In 2006, student athlete Jennifer Harris, in conjunction with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, filed charges against Pennsylvania State University and basketball coach Rene Portland for discrimination based on sexual orientation. This lawsuit inspired others whose lives were shattered during Coach Portland's reign to come forward. The film focuses on these individuals and investigates why organizations, established to protect these athletes have done so little to end this common form of victimization.
Training Rules serves as a wake-up call to the many athletic departments nationwide that still discriminate against their student athletes and coaches.
Read more: No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians: How Homophobia Still Rules in Sports by Dee Mosbacher at the Huffington Post
Format: DVD - purchase this film
Running Time: 60 minutes
- Winner: Audience Award, Best Documentary: Frameline, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
- Jury Award: Atlanta Film Festival
- Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature: Birmingham Shout Film Festival
- Winner: Best Documentary: Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival
A Woman Vision Production
- Directed by Dee Mosbacher and Fawn Yacker
- Produced by Dee Mosbacher and Fawn Yacker
- Cinematography by Fawn Yacker
- Written by Dee Mosbacher and Fawn Yacker
- Edited by Gina Leibrecht and Gail Mallimson
- Narrated by Diana Nyad
Training Rules: A Discussion Guide written and revised by Pat Griffin and Emily Galpern
The primary purpose of this discussion guide is to a) help participants understand how both overt and subtle forms of homophobia and heterosexism affect college women's athletics and b) begin to think about what can be done to challenge it. Supplemental activities are intended to c) encourage fair treatment of all women in college athletics regardless of sexual orientation, and d) identify specific actions athletes, coaches and administrators can take to address heterosexism and homophobia in college women's athletics.
More information on the film, stills, a press kit, photos, and more are available on the official Training Rules Website.