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September 17, 2014

Vine video appeared to show him calling other player a 'fucking poof'

England international rugby player Zak Hardaker will not be charged over an alleged homophobic remark made at a recent Super League match.

The 22-year-old Leeds fallback got in trouble earlier this year after calling a player a 'fucking fag' during a game, forcing him to be suspended for five games.

When he was accused of calling another player a 'fucking poof' last month, after a Vine video surfaced on social media, it was suggested he could have faced even worse consequences.

September 12, 2014

Neil Peng has repeatedly accused the president of having a gay relationship with his closest aide

Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng again called on President Ma Ying-jeou to come out in an online Q&A session despite a pending libel suit against him.

The author and politician said the age of gay stigmatization was over and gay people were just like any other minority such as left-handed people.

He said, 'Today would we discriminate against left-handed people? We not only don't discriminate, we think of them as very valuable, for example [baseball player] Wei-Yin Chen.'

September 8, 2014

The Queens Park Rangers player is the latest footballer to pledge support for Stonewall’s #RainbowLaces campaign in the UK – along with free morning newspaper, Metro

Queens Park Rangers soccer player Joey Barton is among the sportsmen to lend their vocal support to Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces (#rainbowlaces) campaign.

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Barton – who was also a high-profile supporter of the campaign last year – again spoke out against homophobia in soccer.

September 6, 2014

King praises the new crop of LGBTI athletes who are paving the way for equality like Michael Sam and Jason Collins

Tennis legend Billie Jean King has praised the new generation of gay athletes who have paved the way for equality.

The US former world number one tennis player knows a thing or two about being LGBTI in the world of sport. She came out in 1981 when she was one of the most prominent professional sports stars in the world.

She praised the current crop of LGBTI athletes like football player Michael Sam, basketball stars Jason Collins and Britney Griner who are all openly gay.

King said greater acceptance will come when ‘you just keep chipping away.’

September 3, 2014

Vine video seems to show him calling other player a 'fucking poof' - alleged incident being investigated by league

The Rugby Football League has launched an investigation into whether or not British rugby star Zak Hardaker used an anti-gay slur during a game over the weekend.

Hardaker, 22, was suspended for five games earlier this year after calling a player a 'fucking fag' during a game.

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.

September 3, 2014

'It's been a roller coaster this past week but I'm happy where I'm at now'

Michael Sam summed it up best on Wednesday: 'It's been a roller coaster this past week.'

He had just passed a physical and was officially signed to the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys. This came four days after he was cut by the St. Louis Rams and not made a part of their practice squad.

Then, no other NFL team signed Sam during the 24 hours that he was put on waivers and his only remaining hope was that a team would hire him for their practice squad which can be a stepping stone to making the active roster.

It has happened.

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.

September 2, 2014

League's first openly gay player will have to pass physical this week before being signed

After a weekend during which it seemed that Michael Sam was being completely rejected by the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday (2 September) have invited him to be a part of their practice squad.

Should he pass a physical this week, as expected, Sam would become the first openly gay player in the NFL during the regular season.

'Culturally, this signing would be an earthquake,' Outsports editor Cyd Zeigler writes.

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.