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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 27, 2014

'... He seems to think that Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable'

The sports network ESPN broke a big story about Michael Sam. The gay National Football League rookie takes showers.

This shattering news was released today, 26 August. The reporter who uncovered such a dramatic twist (see the clip below) was answering a question how the out football player was fitting in.

August 24, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, tells Gay Star News he isn't sure he wants to try and return to the league for another season.

'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be,' Collins said at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Chicago on Saturday (23 August).

Collins, 35, said he will decide by late September whether or not he wants to resume training.

Not that he is letting himself get out of shape.

'I still run,' he said. 'I don't want to turn into Charles Barkley.'

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 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 20, 2014

The high-profile couple has been together for more than a year

TV producer Greg Berlanti already has one hit show on the air with Arrow and will now likely have another with the upcoming debut of The Flash.

But he’s also getting plenty of attention for his personal life because he’s dating LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers, the first openly Major League Soccer player in history.

August 19, 2014

'Father Time is undefeated against us all'

After playing part of last season for the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA's first openly gay player is hinting that his playing days could be over.

Jason Collins, 35, came out amid much fanfare on the cover of Sports Illustrated in April 2013 then, for the first time in his career, was not signed by a team.

But the Nets hired him mid-season and he was able to secure his place in history as the first out player in the league.

August 15, 2014

NFL quarterback says: '... It’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have'

It seems New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a pretty handsy guy with some of the other guys on the team.

Well, at least with the guys who play the position of center and provide him with a snap.

'I’ve got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so you know, it’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have,' Brady said earlier this week in a post-practice interview.

August 14, 2014

'It was really personal for me, and it benefited my peace of mind greatly'

An offensive lineman for Arizona State University announced he's gay.

Senior Edward 'Chip' Sarafin is profiled in the August issue of Compete, an LGBT sports magazine.

The biomedical engineering major talks about all of his extracurricular activities, including working with a professor on creating an American football helmet that is 'both lightweight and incredibly sturdy.'

August 13, 2014

Hit the Floor star hopes Zero will find himself next season

VH1's pro basketball drama Hit the Floor had its second season finale on Monday (11 August) and there may be hope yet for true romance between star player Zero and his agent Jude.

The pair, who began an affair a few episodes back, have a heart-to-heart in the locker room with Jude (Brent Antonello) saying he wants a real relationship, not just a sexual one.

August 9, 2014

Remembers 'the darkest time of my life, when I was afraid to ask for help' and doesn't want any others to go through the same

Billy Bean quit pro baseball in 1996 unable to cope with playing in the big leagues and being a closeted gay man.

A year earlier, he had watched his partner die of HIV-related causes and went on to play in a game for the San Diego Padres on the same day. He didn't tell his teammates or anyone else.

Flash-forward 18 years and Bean is back in the game in Major League Baseball's newly-created job of Ambassador for Inclusion.

August 8, 2014

'I think it's a fantastic thing. Hopefully Michael Sam’s taking the plunge for everyone who will come after him'

On Friday, Michael Sam will make history when he takes the field in an NFL preseason game as the St. Louis Rams’ third-string defensive end against the New Orleans Saints.

He will be the first openly gay player to play in an NFL game.

One person who has been watching Sam's story unfold is actor Daniel Radcliffe, an LGBTI ally who describes it as 'fucking awesome' that Sam was drafted by the Rams.

August 7, 2014

Brent Antonello: 'Jude’s falling for Zero without a doubt. Without a doubt. I think you can see that without any dialogue'

The VH1 pro basketball drama Hit the Floor has quickly flown onto the radar of gay viewers with the surprise affair between a star player is named Zero (Adam Senn) and his agent.

Brent Antonello, who plays Jude, says that despite Zero's insistence that 'I don't do relationships,'  the agent (who happens to be the son of the team's owner) and the player may be falling in love.

August 3, 2014

UK group Elephants and Castles remember Justin Fashanu, the UK soccer player who made history, and enemies, when he came out as gay while still playing in the 90s

A UK pop group has paid tribute to the UK soccer player who made history for coming out as gay while still playing the sport.

Elelphants and Castles, a London-based indie group, have released the video to their new song ‘Fashanu’, which remembers openly gay UK soccer star Justin Fashanu.

Fashanu was one of the most successful players of his generation. He was the first black player to command a million pound transfer fee and was expected to join the England national team at one point.

August 1, 2014

Adam Senn character of Zero had been in relationship with team cheerleader

Is this the Jason Collins influence?

The new VH1 pro basketball drama Hit the Floor recently revealed that the star player on its fictional Los Angeles Devils team is bisexual and begun an affair with his agent.

The star player is named Zero and is played by an often shirtless Adam Senn. The agent, Jude, is played by Brent Antonello. Jude also happens to be the son of the team's owner.

Since Zero had been involved in an affair with a scheming cheerleader, the relationship with Jude came as a bit of a surprise.

July 26, 2014

New director of player development for the New York Giants, David Tyree, has a history of anti-gay comments, including advocating gay conversion therapy 

Former US National Football League (NFL) player David Tyree has said he would support an openly gay football player.

Tyree, the newly-appointed Director of Player Development for the New York Giants, seems to have had a change of heart regarding gays.

In 2011 he said he would do anything to stop gay marriage from becoming legal, and he also tweeted his support for gay conversion therapy.

July 23, 2014

Says Sam of Tony Dungy: 'Thank God he wasn't St. Louis Rams' coach'

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has suffered severe backlash this week after saying that he would not have drafted openly gay player Michael Sam because it would have been a distraction.

Sam, who began training camp this week, had this to say about Dungy's controversial remarks: 'Thank God he wasn't St. Louis Rams' coach.

'But I have a great respect for Coach Dungy, and like everyone in America, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.'

July 21, 2014

Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer suspended for three games - could be reduced to two games with completion of sensitivity training

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe expressed outrage Monday (21 July) that special teams coach Mike Priefer has been suspended for just three games for making a homophobic comment.

Priefer can have his suspension reduced to two games if he completes sensitivity training.

July 18, 2014

The victim is the sibling of Reggie Bullock, a player in the National Basketball Association

On 16 July the body of a transgender woman was discovered in a Baltimore alley.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Mia Henderson was found by law enforcement officials when they were serving a warrant on a matter not related to the victim.

According to authorities the 26-year-old sustained 'severe trauma.' There are no suspects.

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

The preliminary results of the Out on the Fields survey into homophobia in sports for Australia has found that 85% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people have experienced homophobia in a sporting context - as have many straight people

The researchers behind the Out on the Fields study into homophobia and sports have announced their findings for Australia as Australia prepares to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby in Sydney next month.

Nearly 2,500 Australians have taken part in the study so far and the preliminary findings have been compiled by sports market research firm Repucom, which is conducting the research pro bono.

July 16, 2014

Announcement comes as MLB also pays tribute to the late Glenn Burke who was out to his teammates in 70s and 80s

Major League Baseball on Tuesday (15 July) announced the appointment of former outfielder Billy Bean as the league's first Ambassador for Inclusion.

The announcement came prior to the league's All-Star Game in Minneapolis at a press conference that also included a tribute to the late Glenn Burke, a player who suffered greatly for being out to his teammates and coaches in the late 70s and early 80s.

Burke was recognized posthumously by the league as the sport's gay pioneer.

July 15, 2014

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have optioned Rogers' story

The story of Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in the history of the Major Soccer League (MSL), has inspired a television comedy show.

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan - the openly gay producers of the last two Academy Awards telecasts and next year's as well - will develop and produce the series based on Rogers' experiences, according to Deadline Hollywood.

July 14, 2014

Given a five-match ban for calling another player a ‘fucking fag,’ Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker comes to Manchester’s Canal Street to meet with LGBT locals

Rugby star Zak Hardaker will meet with members of the LGBT community tomorrow night as part of his 'personal and professional development' after being suspended for using a homophobic slur during a game.

In June the 22-year-old player called Warrington captain Michael Monaghan a ‘fucking fag’ at , for which he received a Charge E offense and a £300 fine ($514, €377).

Hardaker was banned for five games (a Charge E offense means a four to eight game ban), during which time he agreed to work with gay rugby group the Manchester Canalsiders.