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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.'

November 12, 2014

'There's certainly been interest from some teams (but) not enough to get him on a practice squad'

Approximately six National Football League teams have recently called Michael Sam, the league's first out player.

The rookie has been unsigned since being cut from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad on 21 October. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, there is some interest in the seventh-round draft pick.

November 6, 2014

The star of new reality series also says being gay 'could be' a choice

Retired NFL star Deion Sanders says he reached out to Michael Sam after the openly gay player was cut by the St. Louis Rams and from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

Sanders wanted to show support even if he doesn't necessarily approve of homosexuality and thinks it 'could be' a choice.

'I'm not saying I condone it but I don't condem it,' he said on Larry King Now.

'I don’t love what he do but I love him as a man and I just wanted him to understand the burden and the weight that he's carrying.'

November 5, 2014

She led her team to victory the next day

Basketball star Brittney Griner was slashed in a random knife attack on Monday night in China, but did not need to go to hospital.

Griner is playing for a Chinese team during the WNBA off-season. She was leaving practice in Shenyang, in northeast China when a drunk knife-wielding man chased her and three teammates on to their bus.

The Phoenix Mercury center was cut on her elbow but her two thick winter coat prevented a serious injury. She did not need stitches.

One of her teammates was also slashed.

November 5, 2014

The NFL’s treatment of Michael Sam is a warning to gay athletes that coming out can still harm your career – particularly in team sports

In my last GSN column I asked if the NFL was being homophobic in its treatment of Michael Sam?
 
This was directly after he had been cut from the St Louis Rams and was just about to be been picked up by the Dallas Cowboys to be part of their practice squad.
 
At the time it was quite apparent that this was not a good position for Sam to find himself in, so for him now to have been cut from his second team in only a matter of weeks it leaves some serious questions to be answered?
 

November 2, 2014

The gay sporting star appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to talk about his life and new autobiography. Ross, who has a gay daughter, personally thanked Thomas for being so open about his sexuality

Gareth Thomas, the former rugby player who came out in 2009, has just published his autobiography, Proud.

On Saturday night he appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show on British's ITV channel, to talk about his career and his previous struggles with his sexuality.

Thomas enjoyed a phenomenal rugby career as a player, and was, until September 2011, the most capped Welsh rugby union player, with 100 appearances for his country.

October 21, 2014

'While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday'

Michael Sam has been cut from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

The National Football League team made the announcement on 21 October.

'The practice squad player who joined the team on Sept. 3, spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man squad and never made it to the 53-man roster,' the team wrote in its release.

October 15, 2014

How I Met Your Mother star reveals how he struggled with his sexuality, sleeping with different men, before he met love of his life David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris has revealed how he knew for certain he was gay when Burt Reynolds kissed him on the mouth.

The 41-year-old gay actor has revealed how he came to terms with his sexuality, but a surprising encounter sealed the deal for good.

In his new autobiography, he said he first suspected he was gay when he developed a crush on a trumpet player in his middle school band in 1986.

'Mom, I'm afraid I'm gay,' he said.

October 15, 2014

'Men In Shorts' will follow the life of an openly gay soccer player

Robbie Rogers may be one of the most famous openly gay men in sports, but he is also now inspiring what will be making us laugh next year.

ABC has confirmed 'Men In Shorts', a single-camera comedy inspired by the soccer player, will air in 2015.

The show will follow a young professional soccer player who takes 'one small step out of the closet and one giant leap into the spotlight'.

On Twitter, Rogers said he was 'really excited to be part of this'.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

October 9, 2014

British gay diver revealed he will not be making any political statement against Russia's anti-gay laws when he travels there next year

Tom Daley believes any footballer would be surprised by the amount of support they would receive if they chose to come out.

The 20-year-old Olympic diver, who came out last December on YouTube, has said he believes soccer will be more accepting than people realise.

There are only two professional gay soccer players in the entire world. Anton Hysén, who is playing for Myrtle Beach FC, a fourth-tier level US team, and Robbie Rogers, who plays for major US club LA Galaxy.

September 18, 2014

'Remember those days, how scared the NFL was back then, that a gay man would ruin their league?'

Michael Sam is not the biggest story in the NFL these days - not even close.

The league's first openly gay player is now part of the Dallas Cowboy's practice team and it was less than a month ago that ESPN aired a story about where he took his shower when he was with the St. Louis Rams.

Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, said on Wednesday's (17 September) show: 'Remember those days? How scared the NFL was back then, that a gay man would ruin their league? Oh what the NFL wouldn't do right now for that kind of distraction.'

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.