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March 25, 2015

There is not a single openly gay professional player in UK football

More than one in 10 soccer players know a gay footballer, a new survey as revealed.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 11% know a gay player.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football.

A Premier League footballer (the top of the English soccer system) said some guys find it 'awkward' to be in a locker room with a gay teammate.

March 23, 2015

Waratahs' Jacques Potgieter admits to calling two Brumbies players a 'faggot'

The Australia Rugby Union (ARU) has fined Jacques Potgieter A$20,000 ($15,560) for calling two opposing players a 'faggot.'

The New South Wales Waratahs forward admitted to using the anti-gay slur in Sunday's (22 March) match against the Australian Capital Territory Brumbies players in Sydney.

'I’m very sorry for any offense caused by what I said on the field during a heated encounter,' he said.

'It was an offhand remark made without thought for the hurt it could cause to those around me.'

March 19, 2015

Guy Wilson had to shift gears when his character of Will Horton cheated on his husband

A year ago, the characters of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis got married on NBC's Days of Our Lives - a first for a male couple on a US daytime soap.

The couple remains front-and-center in the fictional town of Salem but many things have happened on their way to happily ever after.

It all began to unravel when Will (played by Guy Wilson) left town for a writing job and Sonny's ex-boyfriend - a pro baseball player named Paul Narita - arrived in town for shoulder surgery.

March 17, 2015

Football player and partner Peta Murgatroyd score 26 out of possible 40 dance the Cha-Cha to Uptown Funk

Michael Sam made his debut on ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Monday and scored in the middle of the pack of contenders.

While Sam's footwork was characterized as sloppy by the judges, he and partner Peta Murgatroyd scored 26 out of a possible 40 points for their Cha-Cha dance.

'That butt is a work of art,' openly gay judge Bruno Tonioli said to Sam after the dance.

Said judge Julianne Hough:'Your feet were a little sloppy but overall, you have a groove within you that is so fun to watch and infectious.'

March 11, 2015

Former team joined a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage

A former footbal player has said NFL support for gay marriage is the work of Satan.

Craig James made the claim on a Family Research Council radio show while discussing the decision of several sports teams to join a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.

The former New England Patriots running back warned that the brief could cause an 'implosion' in locker rooms.

'If I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder,' he said.

March 11, 2015

'Why would I leave someone I fell in love with and have been through so many challenges with?'

Theirs was the kiss seen around the world.

When Michael Sam found out last year that he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams - the first openly gay player ever signed by an NFL team - he and Vito Cammisano kissed on live television.

The couple, now engaged, not only had to put up with critics of the televised same-sex kiss but also of people who disapprove of Sam being with a white man.

Sam, who proposed to Cammisano in December while on vacation in Rome, says it's about love, not race.

March 11, 2015

Gifts include cash, gold, a diamond ring, diamond earrings and a Toyota

A former national softball player has made headlines in Thailand after she proposed to her girlfriend with a two million baht ($61,000) dowry.

On the morning of 8 March, Chanut went to her girlfriend's house in their home province of Chonburi bearing gifts for her future in-laws.

They included 400,000 baht in cash, 333.5 grams of gold, a diamond ring, a pair of diamond earrings and a Toyota car.

March 10, 2015

The 2006 Wimbledon champion was once called 'half a man' by rival Martina Hingis

Back in 1999, Amelie Mauresmo made it to the finals of the Australian Open as a teenager and was called ‘half a man’ by her opponent, Martina Hingis.

It’s doubtful Hingis would have made such a remark had Mauresmo not come on to the scene as an openly gay player at a time when only Martina Navratilova and a few other female pros had done so.

Mauresmo may have lost to Hingis that year but the Frenchwoman went on to have a wonderful career that reached its peak in 2006 when she won both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

March 10, 2015

Anti-gay slur is roundly condemned on social media

A Sri Lankan cricket fan has been roundly condemned by his countrymen for waving a placard labeling Glenn Maxwell a ‘fag’ at a world cup match in Sydney.

Thousands cheered as Maxwell propelled Australia to victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday (8 March), completely unaware of the anti-gay slur which was written in Tamil.

A photo making the rounds on Sri Lankan social media shows a man in the national team's jersey holding a sign reading, 'Maxwell is a fag.'

March 6, 2015

'I appreciate that he spoke his truth'

Billy Bean has responded to a New York Mets player who said he '100% disagreed with his gay lifestyle.'

Second baseman Daniel Murphy made the comment while the retired baseball player visited a Mets training session in Florida.

'I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him,' he told NJ.com

March 6, 2015

'I’m just gonna say I’m not the only one in the NFL that is gay, I’m just the only one that is out'

If Michael Sam makes it back on to an NFL team this year, he wants to make clear that he is not alone.

'I’m just gonna say I’m not the only one in the NFL that is gay, I’m just the only one that is out,' Sam said during an appearance this week at Quinnipiac University.

Sam made history last year when he became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team. He was later cut by the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

March 4, 2015

Second baseman Daniel Murphy makes comment after former gay pro Billy Bean spends day with the team

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy says he 'disagrees 100 percent' with the gay 'lifestyle.'

He shared the opinion this week after a visit to training camp by Billy Bean, a former major league pro who came out as gay after his retirement. Bean is now Major League Baseball's Ambassador for Inclusion.

'I disagree with his lifestyle,' Murphy said when asked about Bean's visit. 'I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual.

February 27, 2015

'I hope he doesn't drop his partner. I wish him the best of luck'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the history of the NBA, is voicing his support of Michael Sam competing on this season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Sam is the first openly gay player to ever be drafted by an NFL team but has been cut twice and is yet to play a regular season game in the league.

While he continues to train and hopes to be signed to a team for next season, his celebrity landed him the DWTS gig during what is the NFL off-season.

February 24, 2015

Unable to compete in NFL last season, Sam will compete for Mirror Ball Trophy

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC's Dancing With the stars.

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season's roster is unveiled Tuesday (24 February) on ABC's Good Morning America, according to TMZ.

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri.

February 19, 2015

Rugby player says revealing his sexuality was 'the scariest moment in my life'

Gareth Thomas has said coming out was 'probably the scariest moment in my life.'

The Welsh rugby player told his ex-wife, Gemma, and coach he was gay in 2006.

'We just sat down, we had a couple of cans and basically I told him why Gemma had left me and what I was going through,' he told Channel 4 News.

'I told him my attempted suicide and basically how my life was falling apart.'

February 18, 2015

Jamie Ralph Kuntz must stay at least 200 yards away from  billionaire mogul for 10 years

A 21-year-old former college football player has been ordered to stay at least 200 yards away from billionaire David Geffen, 71, who he had briefly dated.

Jamie Kuntz was given probation after pleading no contest on 9 February to one misdemeanor count of stalking. He had violated a restraining order to stay away from Geffen's Southern California homes in Beverly Hill and Malibu, according to Associated Press.

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 13, 2015

'One saying that has guided me through all of this: "It Gets Better."'

When a young football player was in high school, and he heard nothing but 'fag' everyday, there was three words that got him through his day: It Gets Better.

Meet Dalton Leo, a Wisconsin-born college student who has become an inspiration to every kid who loves sports and is proud of who he is.

February 5, 2015

Organizers apologize after a fierce backlash

The organizer of an women's e-sports tournament in the Philippines has lifted restrictions on LGBTI players after a fierce backlash.

Garena Philippines eSports Tuesday (3 February) announced a monthly 'all-feminine' League of Legends tournament called the Iron Solaris, but limited each five-woman team to only one LGBTI player.

League of Legends is an online game played by more the 64 million people a month, and is operated by Garena in Taiwan and much of southeast Asia.

February 4, 2015

Organizers say LGBTI gamers 'probably have some unfair advantage'

The organizer of an women's e-sports tournament in the Philippines has restricted the number of LGBTI players in each team in order to 'ensure a level playing field.'

Garena eSports yesterday (3 February) announced a monthly 'all-feminine' League of Legends tournament called the Iron Solaris.

League of Legends is an online game played by more the 64 million people a month and is operated by Garena in much of southeast Asia and Taiwan.

February 3, 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.

January 22, 2015

Calls it a 'slanderous' accusation

Japanese pro soccer player Riku Matsuda has denied he appeared in two gay porn films.

The 23-year-old Tokyo FC defender has responded to internet slueths who have compared stills of him and the actor who appeared in the videos, translated from Japanese, called 'At Last After Negotiating for 6 months the Active Duty Rugby Man Gave In!!' and 'Beast Premium Disc 097'.

Both feaure an actor called Takeyama Shotaro, a name which can translate into English as the 'boy snake', said to be Matsuda's stage name. 

January 19, 2015

Corrie star Antony Cotton says he knows lots of gay soccer players but they don't want to come out

Gay actor Antony Cotton has said there are hundreds of gay footballers in the Premier League.

The personality, who plays Sean Tully on Coronation Street, has said 'everyone' knows a gay soccer player, but they're just not ready to come out.

'There are hundreds of gay footballers – hundreds of them, not one or two,' he said.

'If there are 22 gay footballers in a squad, by the law of average there will be two or three gay footballers in every single team. But isn’t it strange there isn’t one out Premier League footballer?