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March 24, 2014

Victor Voronov details allegations in court papers seeking financial support and return of family dog

Former Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir told TMZ cameras in New York City earlier today that his split from hubby Victor Voronov is a private matter.

Someone forgot to tell that to Voronov.

The law school graduate alleges in legal documents that Weir committed adultery multiple times and claims his husband forced him out of the closet as he struggled with his sexuality.

He is also claiming Weir only married him in December 2011 to provide a compelling story line for the three-time US champion's reality television show.

March 22, 2014

Accompanied by police, Weir retrieves belongings from New Jersey home - including  a Japanese Chin named Tema

The split between Johnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov took an even uglier turn on Friday (21 March) with a scene at their New Jersey home that involved police, tears and the family dog.

The former couple, who married in December 2011, were both in court making emergency legal filings.

March 20, 2014

'My heart hurts, and I wish him well'

Johnny Weir took to Twitter on Wednesday (19 March) to announce that he and husband Victor Voronov are breaking up after just over two years of marriage.

'It is with great sadness that I announce that my husband and I are no longer together. My heart hurts, and I wish him well,' Weir tweeted to his more than 205,000 followers.

The couple were married in December 2011.

There were recent signs of trouble in the union.

March 20, 2014

Olympian claims he was very 'isolated from the world' and had to financially support both of them

Johnny Weir, in what he vows will be his only interview about his broken marriage, described his union with Victor Voronov as 'a very threatening marriage.'

'I’ve been having a tough time at home for a long time now and it’s something that I’ve kept from the public,' Weir told Access Hollywood on Thursday (20 March).

March 20, 2014

He tweets that he is ‘shocked by the abrupt ending of my marriage and am dealing with the trauma'

The Johnny Weir-Victor Voronov split is quickly shaping up to be messy.

Voronov, married to the Olympic figure skater in December 2011, posted on Twitter today that not only was he blindsided by the split but 'I am only now finding out that my husband filed for divorce from me months ago.'

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.

March 9, 2014

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level'

The Myrtle Beach Mutiny have signed Anton Hysén, the out Swedish footballer.

The Mutiny are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

'I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season,' Hysén said in a release, according to Outsports.

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL,' he continued. 

March 6, 2014

Victor Voronov asks that charges be dropped stemming from domestic dispute before the Olympics

Johnny Weir talked figure skating at the Olympics and fashion at the Oscars.

One thing he wasn't talking about was his date with a judge stemming from a police report husband Victor Voronov filed accusing Weir of biting him during a domestic dispute.

The couple, who married in December 2011, appeared in Lyndhurst Municipal Court in New Jersey this week (4 March) and asked a judge to dismiss the case, according to RadarOnline.

January 6, 2014

Between seasons for LA Galaxy, Rogers wishes followers 'Happy New Year'

Robbie Rogers certainly doesn't appear to be letting himelf go between Los Angeles Galaxy seasons.

The soccer stud, who came out publicly last February, is enjoying a vacation and posted a relaxed - and shirtless - photo on Facebook.

He's on the water somewhere but does not reveal where and it is not known if he is with TV producer boyfriend Greg Berlanti.

Robbie's caption simply states: 'Happy New Year.'

Good enough for us!

January 3, 2014

Torrey Smith of Baltimore Ravens writes 'Look at this queen' next to photo of man wearing pink flowery socks

Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for reigning Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens, posted a homophobic slur on his Instagram account today.

Next to a photo of an unidentified man wearing pink flowery socks, Smith wrote: 'Look at this queen.'

Smith took to Twitter to respond to the photo first being reported by TMZ.com.

December 3, 2013

Gay athlete under fire for taking job with NBC Sports for Olympics in Sochi

Johnny Weir referred to a group of LGBTI activists protesting him as 'idiots' at a speaking event at Barnard College on Monday (2 December) evening.

He apologized today in a newspaper column acknowledging the he has 'put my foot in my mouth.'

'My stance of being pro-athlete before being pro-gay has ruffled so many feathers and it becomes difficult to speak publicly because of this fight,' he wrote in a column today in the Falls Church News-Press.

October 23, 2013

US performer has announced he will still travel to Sochi as a figure skating analyst for NBC

Gay ice skater Johnny Weir has announced his retirement today (23 October).

Speaking on the NBC’s Today show, he announced he had officially retired from competitive skating and will not participate in the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

‘I got old,’ the 29-year-old offered as an explanation.

But he will also be joining NBC as an ‘expert figure skating analyst’ – commentating on the Winter Games.

When asked about Weir supporting the Olympics in the light of Russia’s gay propaganda laws, he said he will still speak out and risk arrest.

October 13, 2013

Eric Marcus, who collaborated on Greg Louganis' best-selling memoir, will co-write Robbie Rogers' upcoming memoir

Gay soccer pro Robbie Rogers has a new memoir coming out next year.

Called 'Coming Out to Play the book will published by Penguin Books.

As reported by the Associated Press, the book will cover 'his rise from a "troubled, isolated child" to a winger for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.'

The 26-year-old will co-write the book with Eric Marcus, who also worked on the autobiography by gay Olympic champion Greg Louganis.

September 18, 2013

Outspoken opponent of a boycott does not sign up for national championships

Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won 't be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Associated Press reports that Weir, a two-time Olympian, did not register to try and qualify for the national championship where the US Olympic team will be selected.

The nationals begin on 9 January in Boston and Weir would have had to perform well in them to qualify for a third Olympics. He finished sixth at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

September 10, 2013

'We have to show Putin who we are, what we're about'

Johnny Weir wants to compete in his third Olympics come February and doesn't want to hear anything about a boycott to protest Russia's anti-gay laws.

'I am directly against a boycott of any kind,' Weir tells ESPN 2's Keith Olbermann. 'While many people can sit on their couch at home and say "Oh, we shouldn't go to Russia because it's bad ...  staying away is something I think is the worst possible thing we can do.'

Although Weir is openly gay, the three-time US national champion in men's figure skating says he is an athlete first.

August 30, 2013

Writes in tweet: 'San Antonio should not allows Same sex marriages'

WNBA star Sophia Young took to Twitter this week to express her views against LGBT equality.

Young was among the hundreds who descended upon San Antonio City Hall in Texas to pray for the defeat of proposed LGBT additions to the city's anti-discrimination bill.

The proposal would add 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the city's existing nondiscrimination ordinance and will be voted on by the city council next month.

August 13, 2013

'Somebody could arrest me just because I look too gay'

Johnny Weir, one of the most famous openly gay athletes in the world, is determined to qualify for the men's figure skting competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

This is despite not being entirely sure how host country Russia's anti-gay propaganda law might impact him.

June 2, 2013

Center Roy Hibbert reaches out to Jason Collins on Twitter for the anti-gay comment made after Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals

Roy Hibbert, center for the NBA's Indiana Pacers, is in hot water for an anti-gay slur used in a press conference yesterday (1 June).

Hibbert's team had jut won Game 6 in their 7-game-series against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. A reporter asked Hibbert, a Georgetown University graduate, about his defense on James during a crucial part of the game.

May 31, 2013

'It’s a new world. Everyone should know that they can be themselves in sports'

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, is the latest high-profile name to join the effort of Athlete Ally.

The group, founded by straight wrestler Hudson Taylor, announced today that Cuban has joined the advisory board of the organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports and in general.

May 28, 2013

'Inclusion doesn’t have to be a political issue, but more a human issue'

James Blake, once the top-ranked player in the US and world number four, is speaking out against homophobia is sports.

Blake follows in the footsteps of his former Davis Cup teammates Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish in becoming an ambassador for Athlete Ally.

The organization encourages those involved in sports to respect every member of their communities, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and to lead others in doing the same.

May 27, 2013

Becomes first openly gay male to play in US professional team sports

In the 77th minute of the Major League Soccer game between the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders on Sunday (26 May), history was made Robbie Rogers took the field.

In that moment, Rogers became the first openly gay male to play in a game for a US professional team sport.

'It was really perfect,' Rogers said after the game. 'We won, which is most important. My family was here, my friends. My grandparents. I’ve kind of been on this huge journey trying to figure out my life. And now I’m back here. I think kind of where I’m supposed to be.'

May 25, 2013

After brief retirement, he's set to become first openly gay player in Major League Soccer

Yes, Robbie Rogers did retire from pro soccer after coming out last February as a gay man.

But he's ready to resume his career and he will be doing so with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, USA Today reports.

The Galaxy, the team for which David Beckham played for five years, has not officially announced the deal but USA Today confirmed details with two people familiar with the negotiations who insisted on anonymity.

May 15, 2013

Fans of the major league soccer team show they have pride, not prejudice, at match

Portlant Timbers are known for having a passionate fanbase, but they also believe in equality.

At last Sunday's (12 May) game against Chivas USA, they showed they had pride, not prejudice.

A giant banner bearing the slogan ‘Football fans against homophobia’ was draped over the stadium bleachers at Jeld-Wen Field, the home of the Portland Timbers.

April 30, 2013

Coming out of NBA's Jason Collins has opened floodgate of support

Shortly after NBA player Jason Collins came out publicly as a gay man on Monday (29 April), one of basketball's biggest superstars, Kobe Bryant, took to Twitter to express his support.

'Proud of you,' Bryant wrote of Collins to his nearly 2.5 million followers.

He added: 'Don't suffocate who you are because of the ignorance of others.'