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August 2, 2014

Violet Palmer and wife, Tanya Stine, have been a couple for the past 20 years
 

Violet Palmer, the first woman to referee a National Basketball Association game, married celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine, her partner of 20 years.

The pair were married in Los Angeles yesterday (1 August).

July 10, 2014

The National Gay and Lesbian sports hall of fame in the US has announced a new crop of inductees, and British diving champ Tom Daley is one of them

The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in the US has announced British Olympic diver Tom Daley as one of their 2014 inductees.

Other athletes named on the list alongside Daley are retired NBA player John Amaechi, retired rugby player Gareth Thomas and mixed martial artist Fallon Fox.

The hall of fame aims to ‘recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community.

June 10, 2014

Says gays have to 'demand' respect in locker rooms: 'I think you have to just demand equality in general'

Retired NBA player Rick Fox considers Jason Collins and Michael Fox, the first openly gay players in the NBA and NFL, respectively, to be 'brave men.'

Fox, 44, is a television commentator and actor who played on three NBA championship teams and was once married to actress and singer Vanessa Williams.

'... The acceptance of (gay players) will grow with time,' Fox said this week on Larry King Now.

June 5, 2014

EJ Johnson: 'I don't know what it will take for parents to finally stop abandoning their kids just for being themselves'

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson says he is able to be a confident man today because he had parents who stood by him when he came out as a teenager.

'I had no idea what a rare gift that was,' EJ Johnson writes in a Huffington Post column published this week.

June 2, 2014

The basketball star joins a trans model and a lesbian employee in #LoveTravels, Marriott's new campaign to encourage LGBTI customers to book with the international hotel chain

Hotel chain Marriott International is courting gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans travelers with a new ad campaign featuring out NBA star Jason Collins, trans model Geena Rocero and other LGBTI individuals.

Using the hashtag #LoveTravels, Marriott’s campaign features print ads and social media Collins called ‘important not only to the LGBT community but to society in general’.

May 30, 2014

Paying tribute to Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and others Collins says: 'I hope my actions will make it easier for the next person to come out'

NBA player Jason Collins was among the LGBT leaders honored by the Los Angeles City Council on Friday as the city kicked off a month of pride celebrations and events.

'Thank you from the bottom of my heart,' said Collins, who became a Los Angeles resident last year. 'I'm very blessed to be here. I'm just inspired to be in such great company.'

Collins made history this spring with the Brooklyn Nets when he became the first player in his league to play while openly gay.

'I hope that my actions will make it easier for the next person to come out.'

April 25, 2014

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition was first created in the 1950s by President Dwight Eisenhower

Today has been a day of honors for Jason Collins.

The first active National Basketball Association player to come out publicly as gay was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

The Stanford University graduate was also appointed as a member to US President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

April 24, 2014

Brooklyn Nets player makes Time Magazine's annual list along with Beyonce, Pope Francis, Vladimir Putin and Miley Cyrus

Jason Collins, the first active NBA player to come out publicly as a gay man, has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Collins, 36, came out a year ago in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

April 11, 2014

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us'

National Basketball Association legend Bill Russell sees little difference in the concerns gay athletes face now and what black ball players faced when sport leagues were integrated.

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,' Russell said, as reported by the Associated Press.

March 21, 2014

'One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go'

Out basketball player Jason Collins refuses to worry about the one opponent who taunted him with bigoted language.

The first openly gay athlete in the National Basketball Association has had no problems thus far,  minus one player he refuses to name.

March 17, 2014

'I don't think a gay golfer is going to be that big of a deal. It's not going to affect my life in any way, shape or form'

With courageous athletes like Michael Sam (NFL prospect), Jason Collins (NBA) and Robbie Rogers (MLS) coming out as gay in the past year, it seems like only a matter of time when other major leagues also have openly gay male pros.

What about golf?

So far, the Professional Golf Association has never had someone come out as gay but straight player Brandt Snedeker knows they are already among him.

February 28, 2014

Judi Shepard describes league's first openly gay player as 'very kind, smart, humble'

The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard met with Jason Collins on Thursday (27 February) after the NBA's first openly gay player played his second game for the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins, in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Nets that could be extended, wore a #98 jersey in memory of Shepard who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.

February 24, 2014

Has solid performance in first appearance with Brooklyn Nets and later tweets 'What a day!'

Jason Collins' place in sports history is now secure.

After playing for 11 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets in a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Collins became the first active openly gay player in the history of the National Basketball Association.

He entered the game on Sunday (23 February) during the second quarter with minimal fanfare and went on to pick up two rebounds, a steal and five fouls. He did not score.

It was just earlier in the day that Collins, 35, had signed a 10-day contract with the Nets.

February 18, 2014

'I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That's an insult to all gay men'

When it comes to LGBTI equality, Charles Barkley has always been a vocal ally.

He supports same-sex marriage and has noted, multiple times, that when it comes to gay athletes all that matters is field performance.

February 11, 2014

Annual event in LA has become one of hottest tickets on the LGBTI calendar and Gay Star News was there

Melissa Etheridge spent so much time on the arrivals line she didn't get into the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios until Darren Criss was almost done performing the opening number.

The singer was one of the last stars to arrive at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday (7 February) - an event that in just a few short years has become one of hottest LGBTI events on the calendar.

January 31, 2014

Gay athlete and Willie Robertson were seated less than 20 feet from each other but 'they were moving him from one Republican to another Republican'

One of the most famous openly gay athletes in the US sat less 20 feet away from the son of one of the most famous anti-gay reality TV personalities in the country during this week's State of the Union address.

But Jason Collins, an NBA veteran, and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame did not get a chance to exchange any words.

'We passed each other in the hall and that was about it,' Collins tells TMZ. 'They were moving him from one Republican to another Republican [for photos].'

November 2, 2013

Charles Barkley isn't certain that Jason Collins can bring enough scoring power to an NBA team

Charles Barkley, Hall of Famer and basketball analyst, doesn't think Jason Collins' sexuality is blocking him from being picked up by an NBA team.

In an interview with the magazine Sports Illustrated, the league's 1993 MVP, argued Collins' declining skills are the reasons he remains unsigned.

October 17, 2013

Move comes ahead of expected ballot measure in Oregon next year

With a 32 word statement, the Portland Trail Blazers made sports history this week.

They became the first National Basketball Association (NBA) team to endorse marriage equality.

The team's move comes ahead of an Oregon ballot measure expected to go before voters next fall that seeks to make gay marriage legal in the state.

The team states: 'The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.'

October 10, 2013

'I feel there are players in the league right now that, quite frankly, I’m better than'

Jason Collins has broken his silence about not yet being signed to an NBA team.

The veteran center, who came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story last spring, does not directly say whether he believes his coming out is playing a role in his not being picked up as a free agent.

'You don’t want to speculate - I don’t go there,' he tells The New York Times.

But he is perplexed.

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.

August 25, 2013

Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mary Lambert will join Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis  on tonight's VMA stage

Basketball player Jason Collins will be on the Video Music Awards' stage tonight.

The first active NBA player to come out gay will introduce Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis. According to the site NewNowNext, the hip-hop duo will perform Same Love.

July 11, 2013

A week into the league's summer signing period, free agent Jason Collins remains without a new team

Jason Collins may have made history this spring by becoming the first active NBA player in history to come out as gay but there is a question of whether he will even be active next season.

Collins, 34, had just completed the season playing for the Boston Celtics then the Washington Wizards when his story went public on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was a free agent who had played in only 38 games the entire season.

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.'

June 29, 2013

If the Brooklyn Nets offer Jason Collins a contract, he'll return to a team he played for seven years

There are multiple rumors that out NBA center Jason Collins could get a contract with his former team.

From 2001 to 2008, Collins played for the New Jersey Nets. The team, known now as the Brooklyn Nets, has undergone a major roster overhaul and may need the type of veteran presence Collins can offer.