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June 13, 2015

'The team has left the door open and Michael is welcome to come back whenever he feels ready'

Michael Sam has left the the Montreal Alouettes, a Canadian Football League team.

According to the Washington Post, the team made the announcement yesterday (12 June).

May 26, 2015

'I’m just here to play football. I’m not here to try to do anything historic'

Michael Sam just wants to be one of the guys.

The man who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team was taking a far more low-key approach when he was officially introduced Tuesday as the newest member of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes.

'I’m just here to play football,' Sam said at a press conference. 'I’m not here to try to do anything historic.'

May 22, 2015

He has two year deal with The Montreal Alouettes who cite Sam's 'dignity, character, and heart'

Michael Sam finally has a place to play.

The first openly gay player ever drafted by an NFL team has been signed to a two-year contract to play with the The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

'With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,' Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement.

'Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.'

April 29, 2015

Issac Luke called rival fan a 'poofter'

South Sydney Rabbitohs player Issac Luke has been fined $10,000 for using an anti-gay slur on social media.

Issac Luke, 27, reached out to a young Sydney supporter on Instagram who was hospitalized after a match earlier this month.

Then in response to taunting comments from rival fans, he wrote: 'get off my page you lil poofters. This is about a kid your fans knocked out.'

April 4, 2015

Pat Haden, University of Southern California Athletic Director, is refusing to attend the College Football Playoff Committee meeting in Indiana amid controversies surrounding the state’s religious freedom laws

USC athletic director Pat Haden has taken to Twitter to protest against Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The former NFL quarterback, who is the father of a gay son, tweeted on Tuesday he would not be attending the College Football Playoff Committee held in Indianapolis as a result of the new law, which was signed into law last week.

He tweeted: 'I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity'

February 24, 2015

He tweets: 'While I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition'

Michael Sam will be focusing on the Rumba, the Tango and the Fox Trot in the coming weeks as he prepares to compete on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

But the first openly gay man drafted by the NFL - now a free agent - took to Twitter today to make clear that returning to the league is biggest priority.

'Football remains my unquestioned number 1 priority,' he tweeted. 'However, while I continue to train and stay ready, I am ecstatic to participate in a fun, athletic competition like so many players before me have done,'

February 2, 2015

Official says the ban will 'ensure fair competition'

The Vietnam Football Federation said Thursday (29 January) transgender woman are banned from the national women's tournament when it kicks off in March.

'The national championship is exclusively for women, so transsexuals will not be allowed,' said Duong Nghiep Khoi, vice secretary of the federation.

'This regulation is to ensure fair competition and for the development of Vietnam women’s football.'

He did not say how many, if any, players were affected by the ban.

November 25, 2014

Football Association in UK has groundbreaking trans policy

Britain’s Football Association has today thrown open the door for trans soccer players to be themselves on the pitch at every level in the game.

Most sports, including the International Olympic Committee, openly discriminate against or ban transgender athletes saying they are too masculine or feminine to play on either female or male teams.

But now the FA, long criticized for not doing enough to tackle LGBTI bigotry in soccer, has made a major breakthrough.

August 24, 2014

'It was fun getting to play against Manziel in an NFL game'

Two of the National Football League's most talked about rookies met in a game last night (23 August).

Michael Sam, the out St. Louis Rams defensive end, sacked Cleveland Brown's quarterback Johnny Manziel twice, helping the Rams win 33-14.

Sam celebrated the first sack by copying Manziel's 'money' sign.

July 7, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts won their first match in a professional event against a side from Macquarie University on Sunday as Sydney prepares to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby

The Sydney Convicts gay rugby club beat Macquarie University 30 to 12 in a curtain raiser game before the New South Wales Waratah’s state Rugby Union game against the New Zealand Highlanders on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.

The match was the first time anywhere in the world that a gay rugby club participated in a professional level rugby event, and was held as part of Sydney’s preparations to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby from 24 to 31 August with matches between 15 different countries on the 29th, 30th and 31st.

July 5, 2014

Gay rugby club the Sydney Convicts will face off against players from Macquarie University on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before the New South Wales Waratahs and the New Zealand Highlanders face off in the stadium

Australia’s oldest gay rugby union team the Sydney Convicts will make history when they become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match on Sunday as they prepare to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby.

The Sydney Convicts will play against a team from Macquarie University on Sunday afternoon ahead of the game between Australia’s New South Wales Waratahs and New Zealand’s Highlanders at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

June 2, 2014

British born Sydney Rabbitohs players Sam and Tom Burgess have become the latest sporting stars to back the Out on the Fields study into homophobia in the team sports arena

British born Australian National Rugby League stars Sam and Tom Burgess have announced their support for the Out on the Fields world study into homophobia in team sports and are encouraging you to get involved by taking the survey.

Fellow Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis had already backed the campaign but now Sam and Tom have produced their own video urging gay fans to take part.

‘I don’t see why there should be any discrimination about color, sexuality, your heritage or where you’re from,’ Yorkshire born Sam says in the video.

March 27, 2014

'The goal was to win football games'

National Football League Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams would not have had a problem with an out teammate.

And the former defensive back is pretty certain Michael Sam, the gay NFL draft prospect, won't face any resistance from a team.

September 18, 2013

Sydney’s gay men’s hockey team Bentstix have won their first grand final and have been named Premiers and Minor Premiers for their division in 2013

Sydney’s Bentstixs gay men’s hockey team won the Sydney Hockey Division 7 Grand Final this weekend, beating a team from the Gordon North Sydney Hockey Club to become the 2013 season Premiers and Minor Premiers.

Team coach and captain Brodie West told GSN he was elated by the win which he hoped would send the message that gay players could perform as good as anyone else on the hockey field.

August 28, 2013

Football Federation Australia has announced an LGBT pride soccer tournament in October in Melbourne, with teams from Sydney and Melbourne to compete

Football Federation Australia has announced that the Pride Football Australia tournament will be held in Melbourne in October of 2013.

The free spectator event grew out of the Justin Fashanu Cup men’s soccer tournament, which has been played between Sydney and Melbourne for four years.

The 2013 tournament will include a women’s tournament, the Julie Murray Cup, named for one of Australia’s greatest women footballers.

August 14, 2013

'if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window'

No NFL player has ever come out as gay during their playing career but Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III thinks this is as good a time as any for that to change.

'I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window,' Grffin says in a new GQ magazine cover story.

February 25, 2013

Pundit says no one will admit it publicly, but they all have questions about the sexuality of Manti Te'o

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o wants a career in the NFL but a well-publicized dead girlfriend hoax has teams taking into consideration more than his playing abilities.

'Teams want to know whether Manti Te'o is gay,' NBC Sports pundit Mike Florio said in a radio interview today. 'They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it's a different world.'

February 22, 2013

NFL player canceled appearance at church of anti-gay Robert Jeffress

NFL player Tim Tebow is now getting backlash from both sides stemming from canceled plans to speak at a Dallas mega-church with an anti-gay pastor.

Tebow, back-up quarterback for the New York Jets, on Wednesday (20 February) backed out of an April appearance at First Baptist Church of Dallas after homophobic comments by pastor Robert Jeffress surfaced.

February 22, 2013

Back-up quarterback for New York Jets had faced backlash

Tim Tebow won't be speaking at a Dallas mega-church with an anti-gay pastor after all.

The National Football League star, currently a back-up quarterback for the New York Jets, had been scheduled to speak at First Baptist Church of Dallas in April.

But the famous Christian jock has faced strong backlash since the appearance was announced because of anti-gay and other controversial statements made in the past by pastor Robert Jeffress.

November 5, 2012

Vikings punter accuses St. Paul Pioneer Press of 'irresponsible journalism'

NFL punter Chris Kluwe has quit as a contributor to the St. Paul Pioneer Press over its editorial stance on gay marriage which he charges is 'irresponsible journalism and 'massively hypocritical.'

The newspaper purports to have a neutral stance on a ballot initiative in Minnesota that would change the state constitution to define marriage only between a man and a woman.

June 28, 2012

'I don’t think a lot of people realize that family is family'

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wants everyone to know that he believes everyone has the right to marry who they love - including his wife's brother who wants to wed his partner in Calif0rnia.

June 27, 2012

Soccer executive confirms commitment to battling homophobia at gay ‘pride’ reception in Donetsk, Ukraine as country hosts Euro 2012

A UEFA chief has emphasized the organizations commitment to tackling homophobia at a gay reception hosted in the Ukraine.

He was joined by soccer fans from France, Spain, Portugal and Austria at the party hosted by British lesbian activist Claire Dimyon where he met members of the LGBT community in Donetsk.

Together they toasted gay pride and Ukrainian Constitution Day, which is on 28 June, at the party last night (26 June).

June 6, 2012

'I got to play in the NFL, and now I get to change the world'

No one who has played in the National Football League has ever come out publicly during their playing days.

But Wade Davis, who was a cornerback with the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Redskins, and the Seattle Seahawks, has just joined a select group of former players to declare to the world that they are gay.

March 13, 2012

Commentator had been pulled from air for anti-gay tweets

CNN has lifted commentator Roland Martin's suspension five weeks after the network banned him from the air for tweets he wrote during the Super Bowl that were viewed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others as homophobic.

CNN had never put a time limit on the suspension. The network merely stated early last month that Martin 'will not be appearing on our air for the time being.'