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April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 10, 2015

Former Wimbledon champion and world number one, breaks the news on Twitter

French tennis star Amelie Mauresmo has announced on Twitter that she is pregnant with her first child.

‘So happy,’ she tweeted.

The 35 year old is currently coaching male tennis star Andy Murray who is ranked third in the world and was runner-up at the Australian Open in January.

Mauresmo came out publicly as a lesbian early in her career which reached its peak in 2006 when she won both Wimbledon and the Australian Open. She also had a stretch of nearly 10 months as the number one player in the world.

April 7, 2015

'I had a great time; an awesome experience'

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was eliminated from ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Monday (6 April) evening.

Sam and partner Peta Murgatroyd received their highest marks yet from the judges for their week four dance but did not garner enough votes from the public to remain in contention.

'I had a great time; an awesome experience,' Sam said after the elimination. 'I want to thank Dancing With the Stars and everyone here who came out and supported.'

April 7, 2015

Sen'Derrick Marks: 'If he wasn't gay, he would have gone undrafted'

Sen'Derrick Marks doesn't think Michael Sam belongs in the NFL.

The defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars believes that Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, only got a chance with the St. Louis Rams last year because of publicity.

'If he wasn't gay, he would have gone undrafted,' Marks said in an interview with TMZ about the league's first female referee.

April 6, 2015

'I thought for sure when one of us came out other people in our sports would come out too'

It's been more than two years since US soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out to the world as a gay man.

Later in 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out then NFL-hopeful Michael Sam did the same.

So why have no other pro athletes in any of the major sports followed in their footsteps?

'Honestly, I've asked that same question and had discussions with my teammates and family, and I just don't know the answer,' Rogers tells GQ.

April 3, 2015

'We are at fault as a sport. It is that old syndrome where it is a man’s game and you can’t talk about that'

Frank Lampard has said that he would love for a professional footballer player to have the courage to come out as gay. 

The Manchester City player made the remark during an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man this week, when the comedian insisted that, statisically speaking, at least one of the 5000 or so professional football players in the UK must be gay.

'We have had a couple come out afterwards,' Lampard told Carr, explaining that it's up to the sport to create an environment where it's safe for players to come out.

April 1, 2015

NCAA under pressure to move national college basketball championship out of the state

Greg Louganis and Jason Collins and other gay athletes are planning to protest Indiana's 'religious freedom' law during the NCAA Final Four, despite Gov Mike Pence’s promise to 'fix' the law before the national college basketball championship begins on Saturday.

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

Olympic diving legend Louganis and former NBA player Jason Collins will travel to the state this week for press conferences or other public events.

April 1, 2015

Sean Allen makes post on social media under the headline: 'Deal With It'

After football season was over at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, defensive player Sean Allen decided it was time to share something with the rest of the world that only his mother and a handful of friends knew.

So he took to social media and under the headline 'Deal With It,' he posted a photo of himself with this breezy bombshell for a caption: 'Sorry girls, I'm gay.'

April 1, 2015

Gay athlete, currently competing on Dancing With The Stars, has a 50/50 chance

The first openly gay football player Michael Sam isn't on a team at the moment, but that might be about to change.

Jim Popp, the general manager of the Montreal Alouettes, believes he has a 50/50 shot of signing the player before training starts at the end of May.

The athlete, currently appearing on Dancing With The Stars, has said he is determined to return to the game by any means necessary.

March 27, 2015

Southpaw will be released in the US at the end of July

It's here. The trailer all of us Jake Gyllenhaal fans have been waiting for.

The star of Brokeback Mountain is the feature player in the upcoming summer film Southpaw.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the movie tells the story of Junior Middleweight Champion Billy 'The Great' Hope.

March 25, 2015

There is not a single openly gay professional player in UK football

More than one in 10 soccer players know a gay footballer, a new survey as revealed.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 11% know a gay player.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football.

A Premier League footballer (the top of the English soccer system) said some guys find it 'awkward' to be in a locker room with a gay teammate.

March 23, 2015

Waratahs' Jacques Potgieter admits to calling two Brumbies players a 'faggot'

The Australia Rugby Union (ARU) has fined Jacques Potgieter A$20,000 ($15,560) for calling two opposing players a 'faggot.'

The New South Wales Waratahs forward admitted to using the anti-gay slur in Sunday's (22 March) match against the Australian Capital Territory Brumbies players in Sydney.

'I’m very sorry for any offense caused by what I said on the field during a heated encounter,' he said.

'It was an offhand remark made without thought for the hurt it could cause to those around me.'

March 19, 2015

Guy Wilson had to shift gears when his character of Will Horton cheated on his husband

A year ago, the characters of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis got married on NBC's Days of Our Lives - a first for a male couple on a US daytime soap.

The couple remains front-and-center in the fictional town of Salem but many things have happened on their way to happily ever after.

It all began to unravel when Will (played by Guy Wilson) left town for a writing job and Sonny's ex-boyfriend - a pro baseball player named Paul Narita - arrived in town for shoulder surgery.

March 17, 2015

Football player and partner Peta Murgatroyd score 26 out of possible 40 dance the Cha-Cha to Uptown Funk

Michael Sam made his debut on ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Monday and scored in the middle of the pack of contenders.

While Sam's footwork was characterized as sloppy by the judges, he and partner Peta Murgatroyd scored 26 out of a possible 40 points for their Cha-Cha dance.

'That butt is a work of art,' openly gay judge Bruno Tonioli said to Sam after the dance.

Said judge Julianne Hough:'Your feet were a little sloppy but overall, you have a groove within you that is so fun to watch and infectious.'

March 11, 2015

Former team joined a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage

A former footbal player has said NFL support for gay marriage is the work of Satan.

Craig James made the claim on a Family Research Council radio show while discussing the decision of several sports teams to join a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.

The former New England Patriots running back warned that the brief could cause an 'implosion' in locker rooms.

'If I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder,' he said.

March 11, 2015

'Why would I leave someone I fell in love with and have been through so many challenges with?'

Theirs was the kiss seen around the world.

When Michael Sam found out last year that he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams - the first openly gay player ever signed by an NFL team - he and Vito Cammisano kissed on live television.

The couple, now engaged, not only had to put up with critics of the televised same-sex kiss but also of people who disapprove of Sam being with a white man.

Sam, who proposed to Cammisano in December while on vacation in Rome, says it's about love, not race.

March 11, 2015

Gifts include cash, gold, a diamond ring, diamond earrings and a Toyota

A former national softball player has made headlines in Thailand after she proposed to her girlfriend with a two million baht ($61,000) dowry.

On the morning of 8 March, Chanut went to her girlfriend's house in their home province of Chonburi bearing gifts for her future in-laws.

They included 400,000 baht in cash, 333.5 grams of gold, a diamond ring, a pair of diamond earrings and a Toyota car.

March 10, 2015

The 2006 Wimbledon champion was once called 'half a man' by rival Martina Hingis

Back in 1999, Amelie Mauresmo made it to the finals of the Australian Open as a teenager and was called ‘half a man’ by her opponent, Martina Hingis.

It’s doubtful Hingis would have made such a remark had Mauresmo not come on to the scene as an openly gay player at a time when only Martina Navratilova and a few other female pros had done so.

Mauresmo may have lost to Hingis that year but the Frenchwoman went on to have a wonderful career that reached its peak in 2006 when she won both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

March 10, 2015

Anti-gay slur is roundly condemned on social media

A Sri Lankan cricket fan has been roundly condemned by his countrymen for waving a placard labeling Glenn Maxwell a ‘fag’ at a world cup match in Sydney.

Thousands cheered as Maxwell propelled Australia to victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday (8 March), completely unaware of the anti-gay slur which was written in Tamil.

A photo making the rounds on Sri Lankan social media shows a man in the national team's jersey holding a sign reading, 'Maxwell is a fag.'

March 6, 2015

'I appreciate that he spoke his truth'

Billy Bean has responded to a New York Mets player who said he '100% disagreed with his gay lifestyle.'

Second baseman Daniel Murphy made the comment while the retired baseball player visited a Mets training session in Florida.

'I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him,' he told

March 6, 2015

'I’m just gonna say I’m not the only one in the NFL that is gay, I’m just the only one that is out'

If Michael Sam makes it back on to an NFL team this year, he wants to make clear that he is not alone.

'I’m just gonna say I’m not the only one in the NFL that is gay, I’m just the only one that is out,' Sam said during an appearance this week at Quinnipiac University.

Sam made history last year when he became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team. He was later cut by the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

March 4, 2015

Second baseman Daniel Murphy makes comment after former gay pro Billy Bean spends day with the team

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy says he 'disagrees 100 percent' with the gay 'lifestyle.'

He shared the opinion this week after a visit to training camp by Billy Bean, a former major league pro who came out as gay after his retirement. Bean is now Major League Baseball's Ambassador for Inclusion.

'I disagree with his lifestyle,' Murphy said when asked about Bean's visit. 'I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual.

February 27, 2015

'I hope he doesn't drop his partner. I wish him the best of luck'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the history of the NBA, is voicing his support of Michael Sam competing on this season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Sam is the first openly gay player to ever be drafted by an NFL team but has been cut twice and is yet to play a regular season game in the league.

While he continues to train and hopes to be signed to a team for next season, his celebrity landed him the DWTS gig during what is the NFL off-season.