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April 18, 2014

'You've gotta praise this kid for his courage'

John Calipari, the men's basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, knows something about hoops at the University of Massachusetts.

He coached there from 1989 to 1996. One of his former players, Derek Kellogg, runs the program now.

April 17, 2014

Brazil will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June, and it is expected many fans will be showing up to matches wearing tops with homophobic slogans

Just two months before Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup, clothing stores are selling T-shirts calling soccer players ‘faggots’.

Sergio K, a Brazilian brand, have revealed several designs for football fans to wear during the June and July sporting season.

The simple T-shirt designs call Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo ‘gay’ and retired Argentine footballer Diego Maradona a ‘maricón’ (a faggot).

The designer defends the T-shirts, which are being sold for around €62 ($85), as ‘irreverent’ and not offensive.

April 17, 2014

Sources say the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets are considering the defensive lineman

Michael Sam, the gay National Football League draft prospect, is getting attention from six teams.

April 13, 2014

Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard attacked Cooper on Twitter for being gay, and said he was praying for him

Gay US TV anchor Anderson Cooper did not lose his cool when an anti-gay broadcaster hit out at him on Twitter, he simply put him in his place with a snappy response.

CNN anchor Cooper tweeted his support for the gay football player Derrick Gordon, who recently came out of the closet, but his message was quickly hijacked by anti-gay Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard.

April 11, 2014

Twin girls were hoping to watch Disney's Frozen but discovered a gay porn movie already in the machine

A British mother was frozen stiff after her twin girls found gay porn in their new DVD player.

Charlotte and Madeleine Scammell, nine-year-olds from Bournemouth, were hoping to watch Disney’s Frozen in the new machine.

But they were confused when they attempted to insert the animated film as another disc was already inside.

When they pressed eject, the twin girls took the disc to their mother Gillian.

Refusing to let it go, the mom phoned Asda but says she got no apology.

April 9, 2014

In his coming out, he has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player

Basketball player Derrick Gordon came out as gay today (9 April).

In his coming out, he has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player.

A sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball player, the 22-year-old has decided to come out at the beginning of his career.

‘I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way,’ Gordon told ESPN.

April 9, 2014

London-born Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom

A top soccer player who made a homophobic gesture at a football game was found guilty, it was reported today (9 April).

Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom at the match last February, Brighton magistrates heard.

The 27-year-old, who was playing for Blackburn Rovers at the time, claimed he was just having a ‘bit of banter’ with fans.

But he was convicted of using abusive or insulting behavior.

March 31, 2014

Mitch Eby: 'Some of the people I thought would take it the worst have since been the the friendliest to me'

Chapman University football player Mitch Eby joined an exclusive group of college athletes this month by coming out to his teammates as gay then going public with his story.

Eby, a junior defensive end, made a coming out speech to the team on 18 March just before they were about to have some pizza at the end of a team meeting.

March 28, 2014

US actress Sally Field has written about her experiences raising a gay son alongside two straight ones in a moving letter aimed at bolstering support for the US’ Human Rights Campaign

Sally Field, best known for her title role in the 1960’s television series The Flying Nun, has written about her experiences raising a gay son along two straight sons in a letter aimed at bolstering support for the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) efforts to stop state legislatures passing laws that legalize discrimination against LGBTI people.

Field wrote that despite her award winning acting career, spanning five decades, her greatest achievement was as a mother.

March 27, 2014

'The goal was to win football games'

National Football League Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams would not have had a problem with an out teammate.

And the former defensive back is pretty certain Michael Sam, the gay NFL draft prospect, won't face any resistance from a team.

March 27, 2014

Marcus Juhlin says he's gone public for others out there who feel like they don't fit in

College football star Michael Sam, poised to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League, is already inspiring others with his courage.

Marcus Juhlin, a well-known American Football player in Sweden, says it is Sam's openness that led to his decision to come out as gay.

The 22-year-old Juhlin has told his story QX, the biggest LGBT magazine in Sweden, in a cover story.

March 26, 2014

Grief-stricken friends and family laid 21-year-old Jesus David Hernandez Otero to rest in Puerto Rico after his body was discovered on a local beach

A volleyball team, friends and family wept as they buried their gay friend this week who was shot by a gunman in Puerto Rico.

Jesus David Hernandez Otero was remembered as a clever student and a compassionate team player. He was just 21.

Hernandez was found on a beach in Dorado, half-naked with three bullet wounds on his torso after having been missing for a week.

He was reported missing by his family 12 March (Wednesday) after he left his house around midnight the night before.

March 25, 2014

Says one infielder: 'There will be a couple of jerks. But the majority of people are going to be like, "So what?"'

A new poll of Major League Baseball players shows that a strong majority of those surveyed believe their sport is ready to have an openly gay player.

ESPN Magazine has surveyed 143 players on a variety of topics including this question: Do you agree or disagree with Joe Girardi that MLB is ready for an openly gay player?

A solid 81% of the players said yes while just 19% said no.

March 21, 2014

'One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go'

Out basketball player Jason Collins refuses to worry about the one opponent who taunted him with bigoted language.

The first openly gay athlete in the National Basketball Association has had no problems thus far,  minus one player he refuses to name.

March 17, 2014

'I don't think a gay golfer is going to be that big of a deal. It's not going to affect my life in any way, shape or form'

With courageous athletes like Michael Sam (NFL prospect), Jason Collins (NBA) and Robbie Rogers (MLS) coming out as gay in the past year, it seems like only a matter of time when other major leagues also have openly gay male pros.

What about golf?

So far, the Professional Golf Association has never had someone come out as gay but straight player Brandt Snedeker knows they are already among him.

March 15, 2014

LA Galaxy player resembles 'something like the lovechild of James Bond and One Direction'

Robbie Rogers is into his second season for the LA Galaxy and seems to have settled into his place as the first openly gay player in Major Soccer League history.

During his off-season, Rogers did a few magazine shoots including a rather stunning one for Flaunt Magazine.

In chatting with Rogers on the porch of his LA home, the writer confesses to finding him 'impossible to look at.'

March 15, 2014

'Thank you to the Nets organization, coaches and players, the team is playing really well right now, and I'm glad to continue to be here'

Gay basketball player Jason Collins officially has a contract with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season.

The National Basketball Association team made the announcement today (15 March) on its website.

March 12, 2014

Paris Saint Germain has defended his anti-gay views, saying it is not right for a man to live with a man and a woman with a woman

Brazilian footballer Alex Da Costa has said he is not homophobic even though he believes homosexuality is wrong.

A former Chelsea player, the soccer star is one of the most vocally critical of the LGBTI community in the game.

In January, he said: ‘God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Yves.’

Speaking to Swedish paper Expressen, he said his views are not homophobic.

‘God says one should love all people for what they are,’ he said.

March 12, 2014

After coming out and not being able to sign to a team, gay basketball star proves he still has the skills to win

Brooklyn Nets will sign gay basketball player Jason Collins for the rest of the season, according to multiple sources.

After being signed up to two 10-day deals, the 34-year-old center is apparently impressing with his defending skills.

March 9, 2014

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level'

The Myrtle Beach Mutiny have signed Anton Hysén, the out Swedish footballer.

The Mutiny are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

'I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season,' Hysén said in a release, according to Outsports.

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL,' he continued. 

March 6, 2014

Video shows member of LA Galaxy looks relaxed, confident and sexy during Attitude Magazine cover shoot

If the soccer thing doesn't work out for Robbie Rogers in the long run, the LA Galaxy player should be able to segue right into a career as a model.

Rogers, 26, looked mighty comfortable in front of the camera during a recent cover shoot for Attitude Magazine.

Virtually unknown 13 months ago, Rogers is now one of the most famous openly gay athletes in the world and he appears to be handling the attention with ease.

Rogers plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy and is dating television producer Greg Berlanti.

March 5, 2014

Gay rights campaigners worked together with primary school teachers to deliver four stories that can teach kids about LGB issues

A new film for kids aged 5-11 on how they can fight anti-gay bullying premieres today (5 March).

‘FREE’, described as a ‘ground-breaking’ film for primary school pupils, aims to challenge homophobic bullying, language and celebrating difference.

The film is split into four stories, following four children as they navigate LGB issues.

In one, Emma who has two mothers and two fathers is told by a friend that she can’t sleep over as her mom doesn’t like Emma’s parents. Emma then starts to wonder if there’s a problem with her family.

March 5, 2014

Referee was told by angry football fan he was a 'poof' who only took on the job to 'watch boys in tight shorts'

A British amateur soccer player has pleaded guilty for shouting homophobic abuse at a gay referee.

Dale Ritchie, 25, admitted to calling Joe Richardson a ‘faggot’, a ‘poof’ and told him he was only a referee so he could ‘watch boys in tight shorts’.

Richardson was refereeing a friendly match in Perthshire last year when he gave a red card to one of the footballers.

Furious as he watched the match while he was drinking on the sidelines, Richie verbally abused the referee.

March 4, 2014

'There are a lot of teammates in my locker room right now who may not have a homosexual lifestyle, but they have sins, too'

Kirk Cousins, the back-up quarterback for the Washington Redskins, does not see a problem with having a gay teammate - from a football standpoint at least.

But the devout Christian would still want to lead the teammate with 'a homosexual lifestyle' to Jesus.

"From a football standpoint, if the guy can help us win, come help us win,' Cousins said to an audience of high school students in Michigan during a Q&A last week.