Br{ache the Silence advances LGBTQ inclusion in sports through professional and college campus integration initiatives and public awareness campaigns. BTS aims to increase the visibility of positive role models in the athletic community.

community: n. a unified body of individuals

 

Campus Initiatives

Student-athletes face many challenges while striving to meet the daily expectations of academic and athletic achievement – homophobia should not be one of them. We facilitate inclusion programming to help student-athletes, coaches, and administrators create safe spaces within the athletic community. Our inclusion events aim to engage the athletic department through panel discussions, small groups and inspiring speakers to cultivate mutual support between the LGBTQ and athletic communities.

Diversity Consulting

As a major part of the inspiration for Br{ache the Silence, coaches and administrators deal with a unique set of challenges in addressing LGBTQ issues in athletics. We offer workshops and training on best practices, policy recommendations, and next steps to help coaches and administrators support student-athletes and colleagues. Click here to download the NCAA LGBTQ inclusion resource guide for student-athletes and staff in NCAA programs.

Public Awareness

Whether online or on campus, Br{ache the Silence aims to provide a platform for LGBTQ voices and increase the visibility of positive role models in the women’s sports community.

Nevin Caple | Co-Founder & Executive Director
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Nevin is a LGBT sports advocate with a passion for improving the climate for women in sport. She earned a BS in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was captain of the Division I women’s basketball team. Nevin sits on the Wade Trophy Committee for women’s college basketball and works closely with the NCAA, NCLR, and higher education institutions to advance inclusion in sport. She was recently honored at The White House for LGBT Emerging Leaders and is a founding member of the Nike LGBT Sports Coalition. Nevin served as a keynote panelist at the 2013 NCAA Inclusion Forum and LGBT expert panelist at the 2013 NCAA Convention. You can contact her at nevin@freedomsounds.org
Colleen McCaffrey | Co-Founder & VP, Operations
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Colleen is responsible for the website design and development, communications strategy, and content management for Freedom Sounds. She has been published in the best-selling lesbian magazine, Curve Magazine, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and she has contributed to the LGBT television newsmagazine, In the Life, as a production assistant. Colleen earned a BA in the interdisciplinary field of Literary and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary where she was also a member of the Division I Women’s Basketball team. In 2012, she earned a certificate in Web Design from Moore College of Art & Design. Colleen has a passion for LGBT journalism and media communications, and finds freedom in urban biking and coding. You can contact her at colleen@freedomsounds.org
Layshia Clarendon | Ambassador Relations Manager
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Layshia is a professional basketball player and first round draft pick
in her rookie season for the WNBA. She earned her BA in American Studies from UC Berkeley where she led the Cal Women’s Basketball team to the first Final Four in program history. Layshia finished her college career 4th all time in scoring and earned All PAC 12 first team honors, was the Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as a finalist for the CLASS award and was on the Wade Trophy watch list during her senior season. Layshia is passionate about and active in the LGBT community. She wants to promote inclusion in athletics as well as bridge the divide between LGBT and faith communities.
Mikayla Lyles | Manager of Student-Athlete Engagement
Mikayla Lyles
Mikayla is the Director of Student-Athlete Engagement for Br{ache the Silence Campaign. Her responsibilities include working on two key initiatives, Champions of Respect: Love Belongs Everywhere, and ALL IN: Voices. Mikayla conceptualized Love Belongs Everywhere which aims to identify and mobilize student-athletes who champion respect on and off the playing field through various public awareness initiatives. She was Second Director of Photography and a participant in ALL IN, a public service announcement to increase the visibility of positive role models in women’s college sports. Mikayla also served as the editor of bonus footage for the series ALL IN: Voices. Mikayla is a senior on the women’s basketball team at the University of California, Berkeley, where she majors in ISF (interdisciplinary studies) with a concentration on how “identity formation has evolved through modern technology”.
Katie Barnes | Special Projects Manager
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Katie Barnes is a writer, thinker and activist. A graduate student at Miami University (OH), Katie is earning their M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. They are a 2013 alumna of St. Olaf College, graduating with a degree in History, Russian Area Studies, and American Studies with a concentration in Women & Gender Studies. As an advocate, Katie has worked with a number of organizations at the collegiate, state, and national levels. Katie’s work during their undergraduate career earned them St. Olaf’s Distinguished Senior in Leadership Award as well as a 2013 Campus Pride Voice & Action Award. Currently, Katie works with a number of organizational members of the LGBT Sports Coalition, including Br{ache the Silence, GO Athletes, and Campus Pride.
Originally from Indiana, Katie is passionate about outreach and expanding resources to those who do not have easy access. They actually love cornfields, and think there is nothing better than a summer night’s drive in the Indiana countryside. Katie loves basketball and is a huge fan of the UConn women’s basketball team. When not fighting the good fight, you can usually find Katie watching sports, How I Met Your Mother, Rachel Maddow, writing, or reading a good book.


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