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CC Tellez on visibility for LGBTQ athletes, running as activism, and counting yourself in


C.C. Téllez is an openly lesbian distance runner from La Paz, Bolivia, currently living in Philadelphia.  She is the founder of Lez Run Running Club, the Co-Race Director of the Philly Pride Run, and a proud ambassador for Athlete Ally and 261Fearless. She is the recipient of the 2017 William Way LGBT Community Center-Service Award and the 2018 OutProud award.  C.C. has made it her mission to ensure that underrepresented athletes are seen, accounted for, and respected. She works hard to promote awareness, acceptance and change, and believes that visibility is the best way to knock down discrimination.

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Quote: “The more you get to give people access to the sport—the opportunity to participate, to engage—you’re going to find that we actually have more in common than we think….there’s no need to NOT allow someone to participate in something so great.”

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