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February 23, 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 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.

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?

January 16, 2015

The NFL's first openly gay draftee and Vito Cammisano were at top of St. Peter's Basilica when he popped the question

It seems that Michael Sam wanted to make a statement when he proposed to boyfriend Vito Cammisano.

The first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team got down on one knee and popped the question while the couple were at the top of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Whether it is meant to be or not, the location Sam chose would seem to be a statement to the Catholic Church which is still officially against same-sex marriage.

January 14, 2015

LA Galaxy player does combination of yoga, interval and cardio training to get back into 'soccer shape'

There's being in shape then there's being in soccer shape.

Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, has had some time off since he and his LA Galaxy teammates won the league championships.

But with formal workout for the upcoming season just a few weeks away, Rogers is stepping things up with his workouts and allowed Out Magazine to photograph his efforts.

January 8, 2015

Character of Will Horton has sex with his husband's ex-boyfriend

Viewers of the NBC soap Days of Our Lives have been bracing themselves for the character of Sonny Kiriakis to sleep with his ex-boyfriend - closeted pro baseball player Paul Narita.

But Sonny's husband Will beats him to it in today's and Friday's episodes of the show.

It's an unexpected twist that even took the actors on the show by surprise.

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 3, 2015

'I wish him the best and hope nothing but the best for him'

The National Football League player who beat Michael Sam for a spot on the St. Louis Rams thinks he should be on a team.

In an end of December interview with TMZ, Ethan Westbrooks called Sam a 'great teammate.' He noted they continued to be friends even after the out rookie was cut in August.

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 29, 2014

Former college football player Jamie Kuntz faces a felony stalking charge

Jamie Kuntz, 20, used to be best known as a college football player kicked off the team for kissing his much-older boyfriend during a game.

Now he finds himself in the glare of the media spotlight for allegedly stalking that now ex-boyfriend, 71-year-old entertainment industry mogul David Geffen.

December 24, 2014

'There’s a lot of us out there. I’m not the only one. I’m just the only one who’s open'

We don't know their names and we don't know how many there are, but gay men are playing in the NFL right now, according to Michael Sam - the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team.

'A very few reached out to me and pretty much just told me their gratitude and how thankful they were that I had the courage (to come out),' Sam says in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to air on OWN on Saturday (27 December).

'They wished that they had the courage to come out.'

December 24, 2014

Bristol Rovers' Lee Mansell says kissing Gateshead's JJ O’Donnell was a ‘daft’ thing he did to avoid doing anything ‘silly’

We quite like seeing men showing affection to one another; including when said affection is used to defuse a potentially explosive altercation.

Last Friday, a soccer player with the UK’s Bristol Rovers team found himself in a head-to-head confrontation with an opposing teammate.

Midfielder Lee Mansell clashed with Gateshead’s JJ O’Donnell in the second half of Rovers' 3-2 win over the northern side.

December 16, 2014

Michael Martin: 'If I can come out in a small town in West Virginia and be accepted, and dance with the homecoming king, it shows things are changing'

High school soccer player Michael Martin decided to stop hiding when he went to his school's homecoming dance this fall.

The All-State goalie at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, was on the homecoming court. When the Alan Jackson song Remember When played, Martin took to the dance floor for a slow dance with Jem, his boyfriend of two weeks.

December 12, 2014

Says Rogers: 'We’re no longer dating but we’re friends'

Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, has confirmed his split from TV producer Greg Berlanti.

'We dated for a year and half. And we split up. Stuff happens,' Rogers tells SiriusXM Progress. 'We’re still friends. And we’re very supportive of each other.'

Berlanti is currently producer of the hit shows Arrow and The Flash on The CW. His previous credits include Brothers & Sisters and Dawson's Creek.

December 11, 2014

Interview will follow OWN's airing of documentary on the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team

Oprah Winfrey gets Michael Sam after all.

After the college football star was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Winfrey's cable channel OWN had announced plans for a documentary series following the first season of the NFL's first openly gay player.

Nothing worked out as planned and that series has been instead made into a 90-minute film to be aired on Winfrey's OWN on 27 December.

The series was quickly scrapped after pushback from the league and the team who were already concerned about 'distractions' regarding Sam.

December 9, 2014

Singer seems to be uninjured as he is helped to his feet by tennis legend John McEnroe

All Elton John wanted to do was congratulate Martina Hingis and John McEnroe for their stellar play during a charity tennis in London on Sunday.

The singer got out of his courtside chair to greet the player and when he returned to sit down, he fell backward in the chair all the way to the ground.

John did not appear to be injured and video of the mishap at Royal Albert Hall has gone viral.

He was quickly helped to his feet by McEnroe.

It was still a good night for the pop icon, however.

December 8, 2014

Player had previously won league title with Columbus Crew in 2008 while still in the closet

Robbie Rogers celebrated with his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates on Sunday (7 December) as the team won the MLS Cup over the New England Revolution in the 2-1 thriller.

Altnough Rogers was part of an MLS Cup winning team in 2008 when he played for Columbus Crew, this is his first title as the league's only openly gay player.

'This MLS Cup is for so many people. My teammates, family and friends, the fans obviously and for everyone that thought it would never be possible,' Rogers wrote on Facebook after the victory.