Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2013 — The American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to publicly announce that he is gay, making him the first active male athlete in a major American professional team sport to come out.

Michael Kimmel is a distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University. A leading researcher and writer on men and masculinity in the world today, Kimmel is the author or editor of more than 20 volumes on the subject, including the 2010 book, Misframing Men: The Politics of Contemporary Masculinities and the 1996 book, Manhood in America: A Cultural History.

Michael Messner is a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California. He is an expert in the sociology of sports, especially related to masculinity and femininity. He co-edited the 2000 book, Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Sport, authored the 1997 book, Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements, co-authored the 1994 book, Sex, Violence & Power in Sports: Rethinking Masculinity, and authored the 1992 book, Power at Play: Sports and the Problem of Masculinity.

CJ Pascoe is an assistant professor of sociology at Colorado College. In the summer of 2013, she will be joining the sociology faculty at the University of Oregon. Pascoe’s research focuses on gender, youth, homophobia, sexuality, and new media. Her 2007 book, Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, won the American Educational Research Association’s 2007 Book of the Year Award. The book documents the relationship between homophobic harassment, heterosexism, and masculinity in high school. In it, she suggests ways we might begin to redefine gender norms that are damaging to both boys and girls.

Brian Powell is the James H. Rudy Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. Powell is the lead author of the 2010 book, Counted Out: Same-Sex Relations and Americans’ Definitions of Family, which explores Americans’ public opinion regarding same-sex families and same-sex marriage.

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