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February 2, 2015

'You've inspired a whole lot of folks here and around the world and we are very proud of you'

President Barack Obama paid tribute to the first openly gay player in the history of Major League Soccer when members of the Los Angeles Galaxy visited The White House on Monday (2 February).

Robbie Rogers, standing with his teammates, smile and nodded his head after Obama's warm words of praise for the player who went public about his sexuality nearly two years ago.

February 2, 2015

'My being out as a gay woman ... way before it was an okay thing to do'

Martina Navratilova won more singles and doubles titles than anyone - female or male - in the history of professional tennis.

While she has a lot of on-court achievements to be proud of, the tennis legend shared during an interview at the Australian Open what she's most proud of achieving off the court.

'My being out as a gay woman,' she said during the tournament where she not only was coaching world number six Agnieszka Radwanska but also did television commentary and presented the winner's trophy to Serena Williams.

January 15, 2015

Finnish Olympian Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out publicly as gay in February of 2014 at the height of his career to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia and he has now been named Sports Role Model of the Year

Finland has recognized its most prominent openly gay athlete as a national sporting role model during an annual sports gala recognizing the best sporting achievements for 2014.

25-year-old Finnish swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out as gay in February to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics in what many said was a brave mood for an athlete at the top of their career.

January 13, 2015

Trying to get pregnant? Anya Sizer, of London Women’s Clinic, offers some words of advice for women who are planning on conceiving or undergoing IVF treatment

A pre-conception diet needs to start long before you see those two magical lines appear on a home pregnancy test.

Most experts suggest that a minimum of three months is needed to get yourself in tip-top condition to provide a healthy environment for your baby to grow.

Even if you already think you follow a healthy diet you could probably benefit from increasing your intake of certain vitamins and minerals. Indeed, one recent study indicates approximately 74% of women are nutrient deficient.

January 8, 2015

'I saw the kiss by Michael Sam.. It made me mad–he kissed a man!

This is not going to win any poetry prizes, unless it's for 'Most Bigoted Entry'.

Evangelist and apparent amateur poet Peter LaBarbera has released a new work attacking gay athlete Michael Sam.

It is titled 'I Saw the Kiss by Michael Sam. It Made Me Mad. He Kissed a Man!' (Hardly 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' is it?).

It is in 'tribute' to the gay athlete when he learned he would become the first openly LGBTI player to be drafted into the NFL.

January 6, 2015

'He used to throw the javelin, now he's throwing is all off'

Gay comic Mario Cantone went off on the entire Kardashian family on Tuesday (6 January) but reserved some of his biggest zingers for Bruce Jenner.

Cantone said the 1976 Olympic gold medalist has morphed from hunky athlete to a 'lumberjack lesbian.'

Appearing as a guest on The Meredith Vieira Show to review 'The Most Annoying Stories of 2014,' Cantone went on a rant about Jenner's changing appearance.

January 4, 2015

From getting ready for Wimbledon to a chicken hat, 2014 was good to Tom Daley

Is there anyone who doesn't want to spend time with Tom Daley?

The Olympic diver seems to have a great time, all the time.

Can you blame him? Great athlete. Cuter than cute. High powered boyfriend. Supportive family and friends.

What isn't there to like?

January 2, 2015

'Griner is a dominant athlete in her sport and able to do it while being 100% out. She rocks'

Brittney Griner's 2014 was close to perfect.

The lesbian center for the Women's National Basketball Association Phoenix Mercury helped her team win a championship.

The two-time All-Star was named the league's defensive player of the year, setting a season record for block shots with 129 total (3.79 per game).

The previous record of 114 was set in 1998.

December 28, 2014

The University of Missouri graduate offers timely media tips for those who see things on television they don't like

Michael Sam will always get love here at GSN. Always and forever.

Being the first out athlete to try to make it in the National Football League is no afternoon tea. However, he's handled the pressure, and press, with more aplomb than most ordering their morning coffee.

The University of Missouri graduate sat down with Oprah Winfrey yesterday, 27 December, in an interview that covered everything, from growing up to why no team has picked him up.

December 11, 2014

'I've held these feelings in for wayyyy too long. Longer than the normal person should hold a secret'

On his Twitter account this week, high school junior Dawson Roscoe tweeted: 'It's almost been 5 months since i came out h o l y d a n g.'

Roscoe, who lives in Casper, Wyoming, is a track and field athlete had decided over the summer to no longer hie the fact that he is bisexual to his family and friends and in the middle of the night, texted them the following remarkable coming out letter.

Hey... it's dawson typing here with a random announcement haha.

November 24, 2014

Gay NFL athlete claims he was treated like a 'stray dog' at the St Louis Rams

Michael Sam has said he would have never come out the way he did.

The first NFL openly gay player says while he has 'no regrets', he would have preferred to keep it between him and his teammates instead of the whole world knowing.

November 19, 2014

'Believe me: Gay players exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally.'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, has retired.

The 35-year-old will announce his retirement from the game at the Barclays Center, New York City, later on today (19 November).

Following his coming out 18 months ago, he was signed with the Brooklyn Nets. When he did this, he made history by being the first active male athlete from any of the four major North American professional team sports to do so.

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.

September 13, 2014

The Asian Games gold medalist was accused by her live-in partner of rape and impersonating a man in 2012

The Calcutta High Court on Friday exonerated Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik of charges of rape, assault and cheating by her female live-in partner.

Justice Subrata Talukdar on Friday ordered that all charges against Prinki be quashed and the charge sheet against her also be dropped.

The 28-year-old athlete was charged under sections 376 (rape), 417 (impersonation), 420 (cheating), 325 (assault) and 506 (intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of a lawful marriage), according to local news reports.

September 3, 2014

Openly gay athlete Chris Morgan looks into the challenges faced by Michael Sam as he is dropped by the St Louis Rams

Early predictions were for Michael Sam to be drafted in the 3rd or 4th round of the NFL Draft during the close season. As time wore on Michael would have become more nervous about whether he would be drafted at all and who he would end up playing for. As history now states he was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

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 6, 2014

'Your sport is what makes up who you are more than your sexuality'

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, reminds closeted athletes that they need to keep their eye on the prize until they are ready to come out.

The 29 year old came out himself four months after he competed in the Olympics and finished 16th. He is one of the official ambassadors for the Gay Games which begin on Friday (8 August) in Cleveland, Ohio.

July 29, 2014

'I’d even had dinner with him a month before it happened and I never knew anything'

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete at the 2008 Summer Olympics, is not even the only out diver at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Also diving is Britain's Tom Daley who came out last year and has since gone public with his relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Mitcham says he was 'as surprised as anyone else when Daley, 20, posted his coming out video on YouTube.

July 21, 2014

Gay Olympic diver has his fans terrified after his plane dumps its fuel and makes an emergency landing in a Russian city

Olympic gay diver Tom Daley is in Russia after his plane landed there in an emergency.

The 20-year-old Brit landed in Irkutsk, a southeastern city close to the borders of Mongolia.

The athlete snapped a picture of the plane dumping its fuel shortly before it landed on the runway.

While it is impossible to speculate why the aircraft had to make an emergency landing, fuel dumps sometimes occur if the pilot suspects a fire.

Dumping the fuel can also be done to reduce weight.

July 18, 2014

Top female sprinter banned from competing in Commonwealth Games. Raises issue of intersex competitive sport ban

One of India’s top sprinters has been banned from competing in the Commonwealth Games because she has too many male hormones.

While Dutee Chand’s gender identity is not in question, she has too much male testosterone in her body to make it fair for her to compete against other women, sports bosses have claimed.

July 17, 2014

'The way I see it, my responsibility at this moment in history is to stand up for everybody out there who wants nothing more than to be themselves openly'

The NFL's first openly gay player provided the emotional highlight at Wednesday's (16 July) ESPY Awards when he took to the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Sam, 24, called the award named after the late tennis legend and activist 'much bigger than just me.

'This year I had a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself,' Sam told the crowd at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles as he fought back tears.

July 16, 2014

Retired NFL player believes he will never play professionally again after he spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is planning to sue the team for failing to release a report of one of its coaches’ alleged anti-gay remarks.

The athlete is accusing Mike Priefer, a Vikings special-teams coordinator, of using homophobic language and discriminating against him.

He also believes his activism for the LGBTI community was the reason he was dismissed from the team in May last year.

July 13, 2014

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, who announced he is gay on TV interview, is enjoying a wealth of support after his long-awaited coming out 

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has come out of the closet and admitted he is gay, and is now enjoying support from fans, fellow athletes and gay celebrities.

Thorpe, who had consistently denied he is gay, came out in an interview on Australian TV with British broadcaster Micahel Parkisnon (13 July).

‘To everyone who has sent a message of support I sincerely thank you!’ tweeted the five times Olympic gold medallist.

July 12, 2014

Brian Taylor described a football player as a ‘big poofter’ in his live commentary, and despite his apology some are calling for his sacking

An Australian sports commentator has caused outrage after calling an athlete a ‘big poofter’.

Brian Taylor, a former Australian rules footballer and current Australian Football League (AFL) commentator, made the anti-gay slur about footballer Harry Taylor last weekend.

Taylor was shown being carried off the pitch on the shoulders of his team mates to celebrate his 150th game, in a pre-planned segment on Channel 7’s Saturday Night Footy Panel.

Former football star Taylor interrupted with his offensive remark.