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February 10, 2014

Gay athletes and straight allies such as Jason Collins, Chris Kluwe, and Dave Kopay met with University of Missouri star

In just 24 hours, college football star Michael Sam has gone from largely unknown to the number one trending topic on Twitter.

The University of Missouri defensive end, considered a top NFL draft prospect, announced that he was gay in interviews with ESPN and The New York Times on Sunday (9 February).

It turns out his public announcement had been months in the making and he had the support of some of the most experienced people in this area.

January 2, 2014

Michael Johnson called homosexuality 'detestable' and refused to back association's anti-homophobia campaign in 2012

Retired pro footballer Michael Johnson is proving to be a controversial pick for The Football Association's new Inclusion Advisory Board to tackle discrimination in all its forms.

In 2012, Johnson is seen on video (below) refusing to endorse an anti-homophobia campaign saying: 'Because of my beliefs, because of the Bible that I read, in the Bible it does state that homosexuality is detestable unto the Lord.'

The FA was apparently unaware of Johnson's remarks and he now insists he no longer holds such an anti-gay belief.

November 11, 2013

Tells GSN: 'I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life'

This is the first fall in more than a decade that Jason C0llins has not been on the roster of an NBA team.

But no need to feel sorry for him.

'Whatever your situation you try to have a positive outlook on so everything is a blessing. I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life,' Collins told Gay Star News over the weekend.

'Life is good.'

November 11, 2013

Tells GSN: 'I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life'

This is the first fall in more than a decade that Jason C0llins has not been on the roster of an NBA team.

But no need to feel sorry for him.

'Whatever your situation you try to have a positive outlook on so everything is a blessing. I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life,' Collins told Gay Star News over the weekend.

'Life is good.'

October 2, 2013

At 34, Collins is a free agent who still hopes to see action

Jason Collins was enthusiastically cheered last weekend by thousands of sports fans for his status as an openly gay pro basketball player.

But the cheers were not coming from the crowd at an NBA game, they were from a baseball crowd at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on a special LGBT night. Collins threw out the first pitch.

While the 34-year-old veteran has been treated like a celebrity since his very public coming out on the cover of Sports Illustrated last April, no NBA team has shown interest in having him join their roster.

July 4, 2013

He had made anti-gay remarks when John Amaechi came out

Back in 2007, former NBA player Tim Hardaway made headlines when he made some anti-gay comments after John Amaechi came out publicly as a gay man.

Fast forward six years and Hardaway is a changed man.

The former Miami Heat player was the first signer of a petition proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize same-sex marriage.

There is an effort to put a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage on the ballot in Florida in November 2014.

After Amaech's coming out, Hardaway was quoted as saying 'I hate gay people.'

July 4, 2013

He had made anti-gay remarks when John Amaechi came out

Back in 2007, former NBA player Tim Hardaway made headlines when he made some anti-gay comments after John Amaechi came out publicly as a gay man.

Fast forward six years and Hardaway is a changed man.

The former Miami Heat player was the first signer of a petition proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize same-sex marriage.

There is an effort to put a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage on the ballot in Florida in November 2014.

After Amaech's coming out, Hardaway was quoted as saying 'I hate gay people.'

May 18, 2013

The first former NBA player to come out publicly thinks sports leaders should be held more accountable for homophobia in sport

John Amaechi, the first former NBA player to ever come out, had some good and bad things to say about being gay in professional sport.

In an interview with UK-based online radio station Gaydio, Amaechi first gave his opinion on the importance of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), a global day of awareness of anti-gay hate.

May 18, 2013

The first former NBA player to come out publicly thinks sports leaders should be held more accountable for homophobia in sport

John Amaechi, the first former NBA player to ever come out, had some good and bad things to say about being gay in professional sport.

In an interview with UK-based online radio station Gaydio, Amaechi first gave his opinion on the importance of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), a global day of awareness of anti-gay hate.

May 10, 2013

NBA star Jason Collins announcing he is gay is significant but the media frenzy has detracted from the achievements of other LGBT black heroes

The news that NBA star Jason Collins has come out as gay generated a frenzy of headlines, reports and comments that is still continuing.

I want to understand the excitement. But there are still questions I have as an openly black gay man living in Europe. These questions were put into perspective when I had a conversation with a white gay friend of mine.

April 3, 2013

'There's no inclusiveness to be had so it's really a strange question'

Phil Jackson led the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls to a combined total of 11 NBA championship during his coaching career. But during all that time, he says he never encountered a single gay player.

Jackson, who also played in the NBA for 13 seasons, said he had 'never run into it in all my career' when he was asked during an interview with HuffPost Live about gay players in the league.

March 2, 2013

Soccer’s Graeme Le Saux, rugby’s Ben Cohen and basketball’s John Amaechi call for more action to fight homophobia in sports

Gay-friendly British rugby star Ben Cohen has called on sporting authorities to do more to tackle homophobia.

He was speaking at a debate at Britain’s National Student Pride today (2 March).

The panel session on homophobia in sport also featured former Premiership footballer Graeme Le Saux who explained how he became the victim of homophobia in soccer, despite being straight.

Cohen is a British former rugby star who now has his own brand of underwear and campaigns to beat homophobic bullying.

March 2, 2013

Soccer’s Graeme Le Saux, rugby’s Ben Cohen and basketball’s John Amaechi call for more action to fight homophobia in sports

Gay-friendly British rugby star Ben Cohen has called on sporting authorities to do more to tackle homophobia.

He was speaking at a debate at Britain’s National Student Pride today (2 March).

The panel session on homophobia in sport also featured former Premiership footballer Graeme Le Saux who explained how he became the victim of homophobia in soccer, despite being straight.

Cohen is a British former rugby star who now has his own brand of underwear and campaigns to beat homophobic bullying.

October 13, 2012

Is coming out even worth the risk for a player in the National Basketball League?

This past Thursday (11 Oct) was National Coming Out Day in the US. ESPN, an international sports media corporation, published an essay  listing the hazards a National Basketball League athlete would face if he announced he were gay.

October 13, 2012

Is coming out even worth the risk for a player in the National Basketball League?

This past Thursday (11 Oct) was National Coming Out Day in the US. ESPN, an international sports media corporation, published an essay  listing the hazards a National Basketball League athlete would face if he announced he were gay.

October 4, 2012

GSN is thrilled to announce that we are media partners for Out & Equal’s global summit

10 May 2012

GSN is thrilled to announce we are media partners for Out & Equal’s first global summit.

Taking place in London on 5 and 6 July 2012, international businesses will consider ways to increase workplace equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.

Influential speakers at the global summit will include tennis champion Martina Navratilova, former professional basketball player John Amaechi, and co-founder and chair of Stonewall Michael Cashman MEP.

August 21, 2012

Celebrities, patrons and performers support UK pride event by fundraising for good causes at Manchester Airport

Celebrity supporters of Manchester Pride were out in force yesterday (August 20) at the English city's airport, collecting money for the gay festival.

Former NBA basketball player John Amaechi, British soap star Antony Cotton and actor Adam Zane were joined by Cuban cabaret diva Margarita Pracatan to collect donations for the charities and organizations supported by Manchester Pride.

August 16, 2012

Former NBA player John Amaechi will offer his expertise to budding basketball players at the London Cruisers' free taster session on Friday

Former NBA player John Amaechi will offer his expertise to budding basketball players at the London Cruisers' free taster session as part of Out for Sport week on Friday.

The gay Commonwealth bronze medalist will be on hand at the team’s free taster session to offer training tips and advice.

August 16, 2012

Former NBA player John Amaechi will offer his expertise to budding basketball players at the London Cruisers' free taster session on Friday

Former NBA player John Amaechi will offer his expertise to budding basketball players at the London Cruisers' free taster session as part of Out for Sport week on Friday.

The gay Commonwealth bronze medalist will be on hand at the team’s free taster session to offer training tips and advice.

May 9, 2012

Sports legends Martina Navratilova and John Amaechi join business leaders at global gay workplace summit in London

Business leaders will meet in London this summer to discuss how to increase workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees around the world.

The Out & Equal summit on 5 and 6 July coincides with the UK capital holding this year’s World Pride – Gay Star News is a partner of both events.

The speakers include:

May 9, 2012

Sports legends Martina Navratilova and John Amaechi join business leaders at global gay workplace summit in London

Business leaders will meet in London this summer to discuss how to increase workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees around the world.

The Out & Equal summit on 5 and 6 July coincides with the UK capital holding this year’s World Pride – Gay Star News is a partner of both events.

The speakers include:

March 6, 2012

LOCOG Olympic organizers praised by equality minister Lynne Featherstone for gay sport support

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has held a ‘Diversity Day’ today (6 March) to back it’s social credentials.

LOCOG bosses were joined for the day by Britain’s equality minister, Lynne Featherstone MP, and members of the LOCOG diversity board, including gay former-NBA star John Amaechi.

February 28, 2012

Discrimination through a lens at Amnesty International exhibition in Croatia

Former NBA basketball player John Amaechi will open an anti-discrimination photo exhibition in Croatia.

Yes to Diversity, No to Discrimination will feature photographs celebrating diversity across Europe and is the conclusion of a Europe-wide competition by human rights group Amnesty International.

February 28, 2012

Discrimination through a lens at Amnesty International exhibition in Croatia

Former NBA basketball player John Amaechi will open an anti-discrimination photo exhibition in Croatia.

Yes to Diversity, No to Discrimination will feature photographs celebrating diversity across Europe and is the conclusion of a Europe-wide competition by human rights group Amnesty International.