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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.

December 1, 2014

Christopher Sean's character could come between daytime soap's newlywed gay couple

On the US daytime soap Days of Our Lives, gay couple Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton are still newlyweds.

But there is a newcomer to the fictional town of Salem who surprised Sonny with a kiss and could mean trouble for a couple already on the rocks.

On today's episode of the soap, viewers learned that hunky hospital patient Paul Narita - a pro baseball player who has the female staff swooning - is actually a closeted gay man who used to be involved with Sonny.

November 24, 2014

Gay NFL athlete claims he was treated like a 'stray dog' at the St Louis Rams

Michael Sam has said he would have never come out the way he did.

The first NFL openly gay player says while he has 'no regrets', he would have preferred to keep it between him and his teammates instead of the whole world knowing.

November 21, 2014

A 24-year-old needed a metal plate inserted into his face to fix his broken jaw

Manchester police are looking for a man in connection with an anti-gay attack at the weekend.

A gay rugby player suffered a broken jaw while he was promoting his team in the northern English city's main gay village, Canal Street.

At around 9pm, four men shouted homophobic abuse at the 24-year-old player. One of them then punched him in the face.

Police have released a CCTV image, hoping people will come forward with more information about the attack.

The victim needed surgery to repair a broken jaw.

November 19, 2014

'Believe me: Gay players exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally.'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, has retired.

The 35-year-old will announce his retirement from the game at the Barclays Center, New York City, later on today (19 November).

Following his coming out 18 months ago, he was signed with the Brooklyn Nets. When he did this, he made history by being the first active male athlete from any of the four major North American professional team sports to do so.

November 17, 2014

Retired player Chris Kluwe tells GSN Sam should be playing because 'there are a lot of bad defensive teams in the NFL right now'

It's a good thing that Michael Sam was asked to wear a tuxedo as he posed holding a football during a photo shoot for the new issue of GQ.

He doesn't currently have a team uniform.

But that didn't stop the magazine from putting Sam on the cover of its annual Men of the Year issue.

The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team is one of six cover subject - the others include Chris Pratt and Steve Carell - chosen for making an impact on pop culture in the past year.

The magazine unveiled the six covers on Monday (17 November).

November 17, 2014

University of Massachusetts basketballer Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in the US National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 in April and he scored 17 points for his team in his first game on Friday night

22-year-old University of Massachusetts basketballer Derrick Gordon has made an impressive start to his collegiate basketball career, scoring 17 points and being cheered by fans as he helped to take his team to victory in his first time on the court as a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 player.

Gordon became the first player in that division in April when he came out in an interview with ESPN, saying that he had been inspired to do so by Jason Collins who came out as gay before signing with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this year.

November 15, 2014

'I went into it like a regular game. I've been here before, but it was good to see the support I had'

It was more than the start of a new season for Derrick Gordon.

Last night, 14 November, the University of Massachusetts shooting guard participated in his team's opening game, making him the first out gay player to compete in a Division 1 men's basketball.

This past April, Gordon came out in an ESPN interview.

'I went into it like a regular game,'  Gordon said after the game. 'I've been here before, but it was good to see the support I had.'

November 15, 2014

‘I like quietly being part of the LA Galaxy and being just one of the guys (but) I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model'

On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy announced it was extending his contract by two years, Robbie Rogers was the center of attention at a celebrity studded party in West Hollywood celebrating the publication of his new memoir.

The party on Thursday (13 November) drew TV stars Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, NBA player Jason Collins, Academy Awards producer Craig Zaden, singer Lance Bass and Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and former First Lady of California.

November 14, 2014

He remains the first and only openly gay player in Major League Soccer league

While Michael Sam continues to struggle to find a team to play for in the NFL, US pro soccer's first openly gay player has just landed a contract extension.

The Los Angeles Galaxy announced Thursday (13 November) that Robbie Rogers has been signed to a multi-year extension.

Rogers tweeted the news: 'Thrilled to have re-signed with . Thank you for your support, patience, and belief in my abilities. We're not done yet.'