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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.

July 14, 2014

‘Comments such as those made last night are unacceptable and should not and will not be tolerated.’

Football commentator Brian Taylor is confirmed to attend counseling after calling a player a ‘big poofter’ on-air.

On a 12 July broadcast, Taylor called Geelong player Harry Taylor ‘a big poofter’ for doing what he called a ‘royal wave’ when teammates hoisted him on their shoulders in celebration of his 150th game.

Taylor apologized to viewers in a subsequent broadcast saying: ‘In the pre-game show I said something that I regret.

July 10, 2014

'Vito was really the person who showed me I had to do it. I wanted us to be comfortable'

Their kiss had been seen by millions on live television on NFL draft day.

But what viewers did not know was that on the day Michael Sam met boyfriend Vito Cammisano years earlier, Cammisano was dressed as a bunny.

Sam, the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. and Cammisano met at one of the first big parties he attended in his freshman year at the University of Missouri.

It was a lingerie party and Cammisano, a star swimmer at the school, was dressed as a rabbit with a bushy white tail.

July 10, 2014

The National Gay and Lesbian sports hall of fame in the US has announced a new crop of inductees, and British diving champ Tom Daley is one of them

The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in the US has announced British Olympic diver Tom Daley as one of their 2014 inductees.

Other athletes named on the list alongside Daley are retired NBA player John Amaechi, retired rugby player Gareth Thomas and mixed martial artist Fallon Fox.

The hall of fame aims to ‘recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community.

July 9, 2014

'If not for the strength of athletes like Jason Collins, Michael Sam, and Brian Sims, I would likely still be struggling'

The moment he pushed send on his computer on 4 July, it really was independence day for former college and pro football player Brad Thorson.

He had just published a blog post in which he came out as gay to everyone he knows and plenty of people he didn't know.

'I'm putting it in writing and not looking back,' he wrote. 'I'm gay.'

July 7, 2014

Claude Giroux, the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, spent a night in a prison cell after the homoerotic prank

A ‘straight’ ice hockey player was arrested last week for repeatedly grabbing a male cop’s butt.

Claude Giroux, the Philadelphia Flyers captain, spent a night in a prison cell after celebrating Canada Day in his local Ottawa bar.

When he reportedly repeatedly grabbed a male officer’s buttocks, he was hauled off to a local jail.

But following an investigation, and Giroux apologized for the ‘prank’, criminal charges will not be filed.

July 5, 2014

Gay rugby club the Sydney Convicts will face off against players from Macquarie University on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before the New South Wales Waratahs and the New Zealand Highlanders face off in the stadium

Australia’s oldest gay rugby union team the Sydney Convicts will make history when they become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match on Sunday as they prepare to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby.

The Sydney Convicts will play against a team from Macquarie University on Sunday afternoon ahead of the game between Australia’s New South Wales Waratahs and New Zealand’s Highlanders at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

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.

June 11, 2014

Zak Hardaker, 22, admitted to calling another player 'fucking faggot' during a game he was losing two weeks ago

A British rugby player will be banned for five games after being found guilty of homophobic abuse.

Zak Hardaker, a 22-year-old fullback England international, admitted to calling another player ‘fucking faggot’ during the game on 30 May.

He was found guilty of a grade E offence of using ‘verbal abuse based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin’, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches.

June 10, 2014

Says gays have to 'demand' respect in locker rooms: 'I think you have to just demand equality in general'

Retired NBA player Rick Fox considers Jason Collins and Michael Fox, the first openly gay players in the NBA and NFL, respectively, to be 'brave men.'

Fox, 44, is a television commentator and actor who played on three NBA championship teams and was once married to actress and singer Vanessa Williams.

'... The acceptance of (gay players) will grow with time,' Fox said this week on Larry King Now.

June 8, 2014

'They respect me as a human being' says Sam of his St. Louis Rams teammates 

Openly gay US National Football League (NFL) player Michael Sam has been accepted with open arms by his teammates.

Sam, who made history by being the first openly gay player to be drafted to a major NFL team, has spoken about fitting in with his new team, the St. Louis Rams.

‘They respect me as a human being and as a football player,’ he said.

His teammates were not short in praise of Sam, in particular, his sense of humour.

June 5, 2014

Anonymous gay German footballer says: 'I slowly realized: It's because of me. In that moment I thought my career was over. I didn't want to go to training anymore'

An anonymous gay soccer player has spoken out about the reasons why he refuses to come out.

The footballer in Germany’s Under 19 Bundesliga, who plans on playing professionally, says the homophobic culture in the changing room will stop many from being honest with the public.

Given the pseudonym of 'Nico', he told Deutsche , Welle there was an incident with his team two years ago that made him think his career was over.

‘By chance the team I was in found out that I was gay,’ he said.

June 2, 2014

British born Sydney Rabbitohs players Sam and Tom Burgess have become the latest sporting stars to back the Out on the Fields study into homophobia in the team sports arena

British born Australian National Rugby League stars Sam and Tom Burgess have announced their support for the Out on the Fields world study into homophobia in team sports and are encouraging you to get involved by taking the survey.

Fellow Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis had already backed the campaign but now Sam and Tom have produced their own video urging gay fans to take part.

‘I don’t see why there should be any discrimination about color, sexuality, your heritage or where you’re from,’ Yorkshire born Sam says in the video.

June 2, 2014

Rhyian Anderson-Morley decided to come out so openly in order to fight against homophobia in sport

An Aussie rules football player has come out as gay, arguing gay players in sport does not need to be a big deal.

In a comment piece published in The Age, Rhyian Anderson-Morley has said he has decided to be completely open to the world and fight against homophobia.

The 23-year-old said his decision to come out so openly came after hearing homophobic language spoken in the changing rooms after training, and no one seemed to care.

June 2, 2014

Choose from a football player and his boyfriend, RuPaul and two moms and their kids in Facebook's new sticker collection

Facebook is kicking off Pride this month by launching a series of LGBT-themed emoticons.

With President Barack Obama declaring June the official Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, Facebook has introduced a ‘Pride’ pack to its messenger service.

These 28 different emoticons include a football player and his boyfriend, two moms and their kids, a dad embracing his gay son.

There’s also a leather guy walking his leather puppy, a disco dancer and a drag queen that might just be RuPaul.

May 30, 2014

Paying tribute to Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and others Collins says: 'I hope my actions will make it easier for the next person to come out'

NBA player Jason Collins was among the LGBT leaders honored by the Los Angeles City Council on Friday as the city kicked off a month of pride celebrations and events.

'Thank you from the bottom of my heart,' said Collins, who became a Los Angeles resident last year. 'I'm very blessed to be here. I'm just inspired to be in such great company.'

Collins made history this spring with the Brooklyn Nets when he became the first player in his league to play while openly gay.

'I hope that my actions will make it easier for the next person to come out.'

May 30, 2014

'Satan is pleased with the narrative that Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson'

A US pastor thinks any connection between Michael Sam, the first out draft pick of the National Football League, and Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, is Satan's doing.

May 27, 2014

There are only two openly gay soccer stars playing professionally, Robbie Rogers and Anton Hysén

The world would be supportive of an openly gay footballer, according to a new poll.

In the largest survey of football fans on this issue, the new research has found the majority would be happy to have a soccer star that is open about his sexuality.

Around 30,000 fans in 29 countries responded to the poll, organized by gay campaigning charity Stonewall and Swedish app designers Football Addicts.

Fans were asked if they would be comfortable if a player on their national team came out as gay.