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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.'

May 6, 2014

Tweets Weir: 'Please respect our privacy and integrity at this time'

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir took to Twitter today to announce that he and husband Victor Voronov are back together after what had been a very ugly and very public split.

'My husband and I have happily reconciled,' Weir tweeted. 'Please respect our privacy and integrity at this time.'

The news comes just eight days after an interview with Voronov aired on the syndicated US show Inside Edition during which he accused Weir of a host of things from biting him marrying him to provide fodder for a reality show.

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel

April 29, 2014

Victor Voronov: 'He vacuums four times a day. If I step on the carpet and ruin the lines in the carpet, I get yelled at'

Johnny Weir's estranged husband Victor Voronov is talking lots about their failed marriage and sharing personal details about a man he says he will always love.

Voronov has given his first televised interview to the daily syndicated US show Inside Editionand among his claims about his two-time Olympic figure skating ex is that Weir's bite is just as big as his bark.

April 25, 2014

Victor Voronov still loves Weir but says during marriage he was 'walking on eggshells every single day'

Johnny Weir's estranged husband is blasting the two-time Olympic figure skater for the way he has behaved during their split.

Victor Voronov, in his first interview since the bitter break-up last month, tells the US TV show Inside Edition: 'There are a lot of emotions that I feel right now. I feel betrayed, heartbroken, shocked.'

April 18, 2014

'You've gotta praise this kid for his courage'

John Calipari, the men's basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, knows something about hoops at the University of Massachusetts.

He coached there from 1989 to 1996. One of his former players, Derek Kellogg, runs the program now.

April 18, 2014

Jon Jones called an Instagram user a ‘fag boy’ and said ‘homosexuality is a sin’, before a representative claimed a hacker had stolen his phone

A US heavyweight champion fighter, who insulted a man on Instagram with comments like ‘fag shit’ and ‘homosexuality is a sin’, has blamed a hacker who stole his phone for the outburst.

Jon Jones, the youngest Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) in the history of the sport, is in hot water after his tirade on the social media site earlier this week (15 April).

Swedish man Danii Javid was the recipient of the homophobic slurs.

March 25, 2014

Ugly split and fight over belongings continues to play out in court papers

Johnny Weir posted an Instagram photo of his tiny Japanese Chin named Tema on Monday (24 March)along with the caption: 'Such a happy face to come home to after a very long day!'

This is the same dog that his estranged husband, Victor Voronov is fighting for custody of.

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.