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February 16, 2015

Retired NBA star is in contact with other college and pro athletes who are out in theior private lives but not yet publicly

Jason Collins isn't naming names, of course, but he knows plenty of college and pro athletes who are gay but aren't quite ready to share that news with the rest of the world.

The first openly gay man to play in the NBA understands.

'At this point it’s up to each individual person who has their life to live,' Collins tells the New York Daily News.

February 1, 2015

The figure skater out shines his co-host, Tara Lipinski

Give Johnny Weir credit. When he's hosting a show, he works to have eyes focused on him.

The blog Outsports noticed the outfit the 2008 medal winner wore during  today's (1 February) Super Bowl pre-game show.

To be fair, it would be hard not to spot the figure skater's black and blue costume.

As Outsports pointed out, hopefully the costume team for an upcoming Tron movie is paying attention.

Don't forgot the football yarmulke on Weir's head.

December 16, 2014

First gay player drafted by NFL team is 'not afraid to continue on this journey' despite being cut my two teams this season

Michael Sam wants you to know that he is unbroken.

The first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team isn't playing this season after being cut from the St. Louis Rams after the pre-season then later from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

'I'm not afraid to continue on this journey trying to make an NFL team - that is my dream,' Sam said in a message that is part of the #Unbroken online video campaign in conjunction with the release of Angelina Jolie-directed film of the same name.

December 10, 2014

'No homo is just a more evolved way of calling someone a faggot'

Alabama has issued a license plate with the anti-gay phrase 'no homo' to the owner of a black Ford Mustang.

The vanity plate reads 'N0H0M0,' with zeroes instead of letter o's, on a pink background.

Scott Johnson first discovered the plate on Monday (8 December) in his office parking lot in Atlanta.

He told the ThinkProgress website that he was 'first shocked, then angered' that Alabama had issued the plate.

December 10, 2014

'There's a lot of homosexuals in mixed martial arts who haven't yet come out'

Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva has addressed rumors surrounding his sexuality and said there are many gay men in the sport.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title-holder told Trip magazine a lot of people had asked him about his sexuality and teased him for his tidiness and good personal hygiene.

He said he answers, 'Look, not to my knowledge. But, I'm still young, it could be that in the future I'll find out that I'm gay.'

December 8, 2014

Player had previously won league title with Columbus Crew in 2008 while still in the closet

Robbie Rogers celebrated with his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates on Sunday (7 December) as the team won the MLS Cup over the New England Revolution in the 2-1 thriller.

Altnough Rogers was part of an MLS Cup winning team in 2008 when he played for Columbus Crew, this is his first title as the league's only openly gay player.

'This MLS Cup is for so many people. My teammates, family and friends, the fans obviously and for everyone that thought it would never be possible,' Rogers wrote on Facebook after the victory.

November 15, 2014

‘I like quietly being part of the LA Galaxy and being just one of the guys (but) I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model'

On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy announced it was extending his contract by two years, Robbie Rogers was the center of attention at a celebrity studded party in West Hollywood celebrating the publication of his new memoir.

The party on Thursday (13 November) drew TV stars Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, NBA player Jason Collins, Academy Awards producer Craig Zaden, singer Lance Bass and Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and former First Lady of California.

November 14, 2014

He remains the first and only openly gay player in Major League Soccer league

While Michael Sam continues to struggle to find a team to play for in the NFL, US pro soccer's first openly gay player has just landed a contract extension.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday (13 November) that Robbie Rogers has been signed to a multi-year extension.

Rogers tweeted the news: 'Thrilled to have re-signed with . Thank you for your support, patience, and belief in my abilities. We're not done yet.'

October 25, 2014

'Michael was an outstanding look in practice in that he was very, active and worked, very, very hard'

There was simply no room for Michael Sam on the Dallas Cowboys.

Jerry Jones, owner of the National Football League team, used a portion of his weekly radio show to explain why the out rookie was cut from the practice squad.

The owner first praised the league's first openly gay draft pick.

October 21, 2014

Gay blogger goes on video rant against Oscar winner for calling him out on posting her nude photos

A foul-mouthed Perez Hilton lashed out against Jennifer Lawrence in a video rant Monday (20 October) after she blasted him for posting a hacked nude photo of her on his site.

In a new article in Vanity Fair, the Oscar winner says of the controversial gay blogger in the article: 'He took it down because people got pissed, and that's the only reason why. And then I had to watch his apology. And what he basically said was "I just didn't think about it" … ‘I just didn't think about it’ is not an excuse. That is the exact issue itself.'

September 6, 2014

'But we’re just like any couple, really'

American football season has officially started and DirecTV is doing its part to make sure (LGBTI) fans watch every game.

In a new commercial hawking the NFL Sunday Ticket (a program that allows a viewer to see all National Football League games), a male couple explains why they need the package.

'Chris and I have a friendly rivalry: Giants-Cowboys. You know the deal,' a voiceover calmly explains.

September 2, 2014

Despite strong pre-season, first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was cut by Rams then passed over by other teams

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, has now been completely shut out of the league - for now.

The St. Louis Rams, the team that made history when it drafted him last spring, did not include Sam in its practice squad which was announced on Monday (1 September).

The team had cut Sam on Saturday (30 August) and no other team in the league took him over the 24 hour period that he was available.

August 31, 2014

Sam and the St. Louis Rams head coach are scheduled to talk today (31 August)

No National Football League team took a chance on Michael Sam.

Yesterday, 30 August, the gay defensive end was not selected to the St. Louis Rams 53-man roster.

According to league rules, teams have 24-hours to pick up athletes who were cut. Today, 31 August, Sam was not selected by the remaining 31 teams.

August 30, 2014

If not selected by a team, the St. Louis Rams can put the rookie on its practice squad

Michael Sam was waived by the St. Louis Rams.

The team made the announcement  today, 30 August, the day National Football League squads are required to reduce rosters to the 53-player maximum.

August 29, 2014

One Direction performs in St. Louis on 27 August, the day before Sam's final preseason game

Michael Sam has a One Direction fan.

Harry Styles wore the jersey of the gay St. Louis Rams rookie when the pop group performed in the city  yesterday (27 August).

Styles' sartorial selection earned notice from the Rams on Twitter (see below).

August 27, 2014

'We collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports'

ESPN says it is sorry.

The cable sports network received resounding criticism this week for a story that aired about where openly gay St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam takes his showers.

'ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report,' the network said in a statement Wednesday (27 August).

'Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.'

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.

August 22, 2014

The All-Star received 31 votes from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters

Brittney Griner, the lesbian center for the Women's National Basketball Association Phoenix Mercury, was named 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.

The announcement was made today, 22 August. A panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters made the selection, with Griner receiving 31 votes.

August 16, 2014

'I became the happiest person on this earth'

Women’s National Basketball Association star Brittney Griner announced, on Instagram, her engagement to fellow WNBA athlete Glory Johnson.

'Last night was a night to remember,' Griner wrote under a photo of her on one knee, in front of a sitting Johnson.

August 9, 2014

'The hardest critic is going to be myself. I'm not mad about my first game, but I know I could have done better'

Michael Sam, the out National Football League rookie, played in his first preseason game yesterday (8 August).

His team, the St. Louis Rams, faced the New Orleans Saints. While on the field, Sam apparently didn't twerk or sing Beyoncé's Single Ladies. Stayed focused on something people in the US call football.

June 13, 2014

NFL's first openly gay player will earn $2.65 million

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to drafted by an NFL team, now has some job security.

Sam has been signed to a four-year, $2.65 million contract by the St. Louis Rams.

Amid all of the publicity surrounding his drafting last month, Sam had stated his main focus was to make the team.

He tweeted on Thursday (12 June): 'Grateful, humbled, and motivated after officially signing with all my Rams rookie brothers. Let's do this!! #RamUp '

Sam is one of 11 rookies signed by the Rams.

May 20, 2014

Olympian's hubby says he was 'terrified' after Weir flew into a jealous rage

Last we heard, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov had gotten back together and were requesting privacy and respect.

That's all changed.

Voronov has gone on the syndicated TV show Inside Edition and alleged that Weir flew into a jealous rage over the weekend and Voronov was so terrified he called the police.

May 19, 2014

Ultimate Fighting Champion athlete Joseph Benavidez has said he would support a gay competitor in the sport

A US Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) athlete has said he thinks the sport is ready to see a gay champion who can ‘beat the shit out of somebody.’

Joseph Benavidez, who was a UFC Flyweight tournament runner-up in 2012, made the statement when being questioned about gay athletes in the UFC, and whether they would be accepted.

Benavidez said he would welcome a gay athlete into the sport, as it would be a way of breaking down barriers.

‘It would be cool to see a gay guy just beat the shit out of somebody’ he said.

May 15, 2014

Broadway legend says of two-time Olympic figure skater: 'Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce'

Johnny Weir's highly-public on-again off-again divorce from husband Victor Voronov has apparently gotten on Harvey Fierstein last nerve.

When the multiple Tony winner, currently on Broadway in Casa Valentina, was asked by Huffington Post about issues he is speaking out these days he replied: 'Anything but Johnny Weir. Leave me alone with that faggot. Anything but Johnny Weir and his divorce.'