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Combat Sports Athletes Inducted into The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame


The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame’s Will be inducting fifteen new members this year. Of those new members Mixed Martial Artist Fallon Fox will join fellow combat sports athlete Orlando Cruz.

The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame describes its mission as follows :

“recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community. In addition, the Hall of Fame will preserve the history of LGBT individuals who have impacted professional and amateur sports and provide outreach and education to the sporting world so that LGBT youth all across the nation feel welcome and safe to participate in any and all athletic related activities”

Orlando Cruz was of the first class of inductees last year. He is an is an Olympian, an accomplished professional boxer, a proud Puerto Rican and the first openly gay man in the sport. Professionally, he was undefeated for nine years and consistently ranks among the elite as a featherweight in the World Boxing Organization. He has been a true leader in the LGBTQ community.

it was announced that Fallon Fox is getting inducted this year. She is the first openly transgender athlete in the MMA community. She has been advocating for education to combat ignorance. She is a strong support of GLAAD and the LGBTQ Community.
To see a full list of the inductees and to get more information go to: http://gayandlesbiansports.com/

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Autumn Ziemba
Autumn’s interest in Martial Arts began in her early teens through her father and brother. They trained together for several years. During those years she was also active in Sports. Autumn took a break from Martial Arts and athletics to pursue her education. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at Oneonta State College in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-professional Human Services. She then studied Social Sciences at Binghamton University receiving her Masters in Social Science in 2009. Her passion lies in Gender equality for sports and facets of Mixed Martial Arts. She currently works as a Criminal Justice Professional. Writing is a passion of hers and she enjoys engaging with people of various backgrounds to gain an understanding of different perspectives in the world of MMA.