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Anna Aagenes
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Activist, athlete, and speaker.
Activist, athlete, and speaker.

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"It gives us an opportunity shed some light on the importance of diversity and inclusion and do it one of the biggest weekends in sports in front of coaches who have an opportunity to share that message with their players and take it back to their respective schools," Wade Davis says. #YouCanPlay

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“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” —Vincent Van Gogh #qotd #quote
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“As a female athlete and former student athlete, I think it’s incredibly important that female athletes are a primary part of our conversation about LGBT people in sports. Also, the “B” in LGBT sometimes doesn’t get talked about, so I’m hoping to insert that in the conversation, being bi myself. I’m excited there’s this opportunity for me and other people to be able to do this kind of advocacy work. Years ago, this type of organization would be unheard of. The support behind that gives me a lot of hope, because people are putting the pieces together about why these types of organizations and roles have value.”
Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/g-philly/2015/03/05/anna-aagenes-leaving-brian-sims-office-work-can-play/#0xPUgmOH5c2fIrhK.99

I am so excited to announce that later this month, I'll be joining the +You Can Play Project team as their Vice President for Program Development and Community Relations: http://youcanplayproject.org/news/entry/224. YCP does incredible work, and I'm thrilled about this next step in my career.

Leaving my current job is bittersweet, since I have truly loved my time serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Representative for Rep. Brian Sims and I could not have asked for a more fantastic or supportive boss. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the experiences I've gained working for Rep. Sims along with my Team 182 colleagues Mason B. Lane, Tim Keller, and Sarah Allyson Rabot.

As the former Executive Director of GO! Athletes, I also want to say THANK YOU to the fantastic past and current board members, dedicated volunteers, partners, members of the LGBT Sports Coalition and the inspiring student athletes who I have had the privilege of getting to know. I'm thrilled about the new GO! board of Chris Mosier, Sean Smith, Nora Cothren, Monica A. Rochon, Katie Barnes, Lauren Neidigh, and Josh Bryan Sanders and the work they will continue to do to support young athletes. To that end, I still plan to serve in an advisory capacity for GO! Athletes Mentoring Pilot Program, which is starting here in Philadelphia.

Looking back on a journey that began in 2006, when I decided to come out as bisexual while I was Division I athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, I'm reflecting on how many amazing people I've met as a result of my activism. I think back to my Penn Track family, PATH - Penn Athletes & Allies Tackling Homophobia the Penn LGBT Center, and (in 2010) beginning to work with Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project, the NCAA Our Group Athletes (which became GO! Athletes), You Can Play, Campus Pride, Outsports, Nike and the LGBT Sports Coalition

Thank you to Wade Davis and Patrick Burke and the rest of You Can Play for an amazing opportunity to join this team. In addition to the people and groups mentioned above, I am very grateful to Pat Griffin, Helen Carroll, Kye Allums, Paul Farber, Shane Windmeyer, Cyd Zeigler, Jenelle Marie, Brian Goldthorpe, Jeff Sheng, Andrew Langenfeld, Nevin Caple, Stephanie Laffin, Joanna Lohman, Karen Morrison, Lisa Hunefeld, Lypheng Kim, Anthony Nicodemo, Eliana Yankelev, Rose Pitkin, Mai Foringer, Corinne Rich, and so many more who I've been honored to work with within the LGBT sports equality movement.

And, thank all you tweeting, posting, and texting me with your love and support.

Right now, I am grateful, reflective, but most importantly I am inspired to get to work. 

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Don't forget: where magic happens is well outside your comfort zone. #morningmantra #motivation #justdoit #youcandoit #qotd
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This is fantastic. Let's hope other colleges and universities learn from this example...

'While colleges across the country have been grappling with concerns related to students transitioning from one gender to another, Vermont is at the forefront in recognizing the next step in identity politics: the validation of a third gender.'

"University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral" http://nyti.ms/16rpy0Y 

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What every woman (and man) should have hanging on their wall. You can get this quotation on posters and t-shirts, which in my opinion, make great holiday presents for that favorite #feminist in your life. 😘 #Hillary #SheShouldRun 
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I am so excited to see American Rubble: "Cultural Production and Historical Memory After 1989," which has been organized by my friend Professor  +Paul Farber  and will be held at Haverford College on Friday, December 5th. 

The event is FREE, open to the public, and will feature some incredible work by Mellon Creative Resident Stephanie Syjuco. Hope to see you there! #whyilovephilly#art #culture   #humanities  

http://www.haverford.edu/HCAH/center/events/american_rubble.php#schedule

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Join us tomorrow (2 PM EDT) for a Google Hangout on "LGBTQ Athletes and Activists" hosted by Campus Pride! #StandUpDay  #LGBTQ #athletes #GoTime  
Campus Pride is celebrating StandUp Day November 12th with a special live Hangout with Anna Aagenes, Lauren Neidigh, Chris Mosier & Julie Shaw. Join the conversation 

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Real princesses have curves: "Here's what Disney princesses would look like with realistic waistlines." http://huff.to/1rWWS3j 
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