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February 16, 2014

'It's our job as citizens to say that Michael Sam deserves a fair chance, not because he's a gay football player, but because he's a football player and he wants to go out and play football'

Chris Kluwe thinks  Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football defensive lineman who happens to be gay, will have few problems with National Football League teammates.

February 16, 2014

'It's our job as citizens to say that Michael Sam deserves a fair chance, not because he's a gay football player, but because he's a football player and he wants to go out and play football'

Chris Kluwe thinks  Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football defensive lineman who happens to be gay, will have few problems with National Football League teammates.

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.

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 28, 2014

Conner Mertens, a kicker for Willamette University in Oregon, is believed to be first active college football player in US to come out

Conner Mertens made some LGBTI history this week.

The place kicker for Willamette University in Oregon is believed to be the first active college football player in the US to come out publicly, according to Outsports.com.

'I'm bisexual,' Mertens told his coach. 'I like dudes. I have a boyfriend. And next week, I'm going to tell the world.'

January 1, 2014

Google ad remembering 2013 includes clip of basketball player Jason Collins describing his coming out

Gay basketball player Jason Collins was listed in a Google advertisement highlighting the highlights of 2013.

'When you finally get to that point of acceptance, nothing's more beautiful,' Collins says.

December 9, 2013

Athlete had vowed to wear rainbow pin button in defiance of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law

Blake Skjellerup had been willing to risk arrest and deportation at the Sochi Winter Olympics by wearing a rainbow pin to show his support for the maligned LGBT community in Russia.

But the openly gay speed skater from New Zealand has failed in his attempt to qualify for an automatic bid for the 500-meter race.

November 12, 2013

Matt Korman was so depressed he had considered quitting sport

It was not until more than 300 words into an email to his University of Texas swim teammates that Matt Korman was finally able to write the words: 'I'm actually gay. (There, I finally said it).'

Korman preceded the big reveal by sharing how he had grown depressed and was having trouble sleeping and eating. He was even considering quitting the sport.

October 11, 2013

Out athletes Kirk Walker, William Bean and Jason Collins join forces to support Blake Skjellerup as he prepares for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia

In the LGBT community, we have four great athletes who represent our generation.

The ‘fantastic’ four are known as shining warriors who lead the charge into battle for gay rights in the world of sport.

This photo was taken at an OutSports event in LA to show support for openly gay athlete and human rights activist Blake Skejellerup as he trains for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

To the center-right is Blake Skjellerup, the speed skater from New Zealand who came out as gay in a May 2010 interview with Australian magazine DNA.

June 26, 2013

Anthony Nicodemo becomes the first New York City area high-school boys basketball to come out

Basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo was  worried about what would happen if he came out to his high school team. He shouldn't have been.

The New York City area native has led the Saunders High School Devils since 2009. This Monday (24 June), he held a team meeting with players and their parents.

April 24, 2013

Passed over after a mediocre senior year, Alan Gendreau is trying again on his own terms

The National Football League has never had an openly gay player and Alan Gendreau wants to change that.

He's got the gay part down.

Now all he has to do is make it on an NFL team.

Gendreau, 23, was a standout placekicker at Middle Tennessee State where he had a record-breaking career and seemed headed to the pros.

But a poor start to his senior year derailed that path and he was not selected in the 2012 NFL draft.

April 19, 2013

The star of women’s basketball in America has come out as gay

Basketball superstar Brittney Griner has decided to acknoweledge her sexuality for the first time in public.

In a group interview with Sports Illustrated yesterday (18 April), the 22-year-old discussed her sexuality and her ambition to help younger members of the LGBT community. 

She said: ‘If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s ok, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.’

During the interview the 6’8 pro-basketball player voiced her personal advice to young fans.

April 17, 2013

Influential college sports coach speaks on the importance of tolerance and diversity in sport

Head football coach at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has spoken out in support of gay sports players.

Coach Jim Mora has appeared in a video filmed by the You Can Play project to raise awareness of changing attitudes to LGBT players in sport. The project’s simple message for gay sportspeople is ‘If you can play, you can play.’

Speaking to Outsports, Mora stated an athlete coming out on his football team and in other sports would be well received. He said: ‘It doesn’t matter to me.

March 15, 2013

Eric Schneiderman calls for investigation; league plans LGBT meeting in April

The National Football League is under fire after prospect Nick Kasa (pictured) said pro scouts asked about his sexuality during last month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate Kasa's allegations.

Schneiderman is reminding the league, which has never had an openly gay player in its history, that it is illegal to ask a player if he is gay.

January 2, 2013

Scott Norton snogs husband after winning bowling title in what may be one of first gay athlete kisses shown on TV channel

A gay kiss between a professional bowler and his husband is being hailed as one of the first times an out athlete has locked lips on live TV.

Scott Norton was filmed snogging his partner Craig Woodward by sports channel ESPN after winning the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas.

Although the event happened in November, the footage was only shown by the TV network on 30 December.

December 11, 2012

Gay rights website Outsports calls for suspension of sports DJs Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin over transphobic rant

Two sports DJs have sparked outrage after claiming transgender people shouldn't play sport.

Gay rights website Outsports.com is calling for ESPN radio hosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin to be suspended over their 'horrific' rant against trans college basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig.

October 27, 2012

Sports news show wonders if cowardice is keeping gay athletes in the closet.

High school children across the US are forming gay and straight student alliances. More and more athletes in colleges and universities are coming out to their teams. The National Basketball Association, National Football League and Major League Baseball all have anti-LGBT discrimination clauses in their contracts with players' unions. Despite all of this, no player in a major US sports has come out. Are they cowards?

October 20, 2012

Kris Jenkins makes a rather strange case for an out National Football League athlete

Former National Football League player Kris Jenkins made a perplexing defense of an American football athlete coming out.

September 27, 2012

Comes on the heels of hate letter Minnesota Vikings star got last week

Pro-gay rights NFL player Chris Kluweis finding out that his very vocal support of LGBT equality has made him a hate mail target to some who don't share his views.

The Minnesota Vikings punter on Wednesday (26 September) said on Twitter that he had received a cartoon that ompared him to a pedophile.

September 9, 2012

National Football League starts it season with players supporting gay marriage

Today (9 Sept) is the start of the National Football League season in the US. Nothing is different from other years, except more and more players are getting involved in the fight for marriage rights.

August 12, 2012

Megan Rapinoe, Judith Arndt, and Carl Hester are among the openly gay Olympians to impress in London 2012

Nearly half, 43%, of openly gay athletes have won a medal at the London Olympic Games.

In comparison to the United States, only 18% of 530 American athletes have graced the podium so far.

Out of the 23 openly gay athletes, comprising of 20 women and three men, 10 of them have won a medal solo or in a group.

If they were Team LGBT, they would have won four gold medals, one silver, and two bronze between them.

This means they would be number 19 in the official rankings, beating countries like Spain, Brazil, and Canada.

July 31, 2012

South African Olympic archer Hultzer has confirmed she is lesbian but won’t be hitting the target with a medal

South African Olympic archer Karen Hultzer has come out openly as lesbian during the games.

There had been speculation about Hultzer’s sexuality before London 2012 with her partner Tracey Kim Saunders telling Mambaonline that Hultzer is happy to be identified as a gay athlete.

But now 46-year-old Hultzer, born in Cape Town, has commented for the first time on her sexuality.

July 14, 2012

New Jersey Devil Cam Janssen offers remorse for anti-gay and women comments

Hockey player Cam Janssen is walking back comments he made on an internet radio show.

May 26, 2012

American football players will be unfazed by possible gay teammates

A number of American football players insist they will be untroubled if a teammate comes out.

Presently there are no out athletes in the National Football League. However, as reported by the blog Outsports, many players, even those new to the professional game, expressed support for a gay peer.