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APMichael Sam

All-American defensive lineman, NFL prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. [ Read more → ]
Armando Trovati, APSweden's Anja Paerson is carried on her teammates' shoulders after completing an alpine ski in the women's World Cup super-G in Schladming, Austria on March 15, 2012. Shortly after retiring in 2012, Paerson announced that she was in a long-term relationship with her girlfriend Filippa, ending years of speculation regarding her private life.

Retired Olympic medalist Anja Paerson speaks out on gay rights

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Anja Paerson is embracing her post-competition career with the same kind of enthusiasm she showed off with her customary, celebratory belly flops on the snow. After all, the Swedish skiing great has a lot to be excited about these days. She's a mother. She's working on TV, and she's back at the Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Q NotesEast Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.

Transgender student in North Carolina nominated for homecoming king

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old transgender senior at a North Carolina high school has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at East Meck’s homecoming basketball game. [ Read more → ]
Chandler Whitney

College baseball player, boyfriend of Conner Mertens, comes out as gay

Monday, February 3, 2014
It was just last week when Willamette University kicker Conner Mertens announced he is bisexual, becoming the first college football player to publicly identify as a member of the LGBT community while still active in his sport. [ Read more → ]
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Study: Steroid use much higher among gay and bisexual teen boys

Monday, February 3, 2014
CHICAGO -- Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say. [ Read more → ]
Ari-Pekka Liukkonen

Finnish Olympic swimmer comes out ahead of Sochi games

Sunday, February 2, 2014
Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen has come out as gay, saying he wants to talk publicly about his sexual orientation close to the Sochi Olympic games to help raise awareness of Russia’s controversial anti-gay "propaganda" law. [ Read more → ]
Ivan-and-Thor

The Adventures of Ivan and Thor: A Coming Out story

Friday, January 31, 2014
I never imagined the day I'd come out. For a long time, I lived in the same fear that many others currently live in. With the help of my best-four-legged-friend, Thor, I decided to make this video and share my coming out story... [ Read more → ]
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Barneys highlights lives of transgender models in spring ad campaign

Thursday, January 30, 2014
NEW YORK -- Barneys New York, an American retail chain of luxury department stores, has partnered with the National Center for Transgender Equality and the New York LGBT Community Center to feature the lives and stories of 17 transgender models and their family members as part of its Spring advertising campaign. [ Read more → ]
Robina Asti

Flying solo: 92-year-old transgender widow fights for survivor benefits

Thursday, January 30, 2014
NEW YORK -- Robina Asti, a 92-year-old transgender woman denied survivor benefits by the Social Security Administration after her husband’s death is asking the agency to reverse the decision. [ Read more → ]
APConner Mertens

Willamette kicker is first active college football player to come out as LGBT

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- Williamette University freshman kicker Conner Mertens has come out as bisexual, becoming the first active college football player to come out as LGBT. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins Kwaku Alston for Sports Illustrated

Jason Collins, Boston bomb survivors among guests at State of the Union

Monday, January 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins will be among the guests to sit with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)

Wedding fever at the Grammys: Couples say ‘I do’ to song ‘Same Love’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- Couples exchanged rings in the aisle at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their gay rights anthem "Same Love." [ Read more → ]
Dick Swaab

Professor: Hormones, stress, smoking increases likelihood of children born gay

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
AMSTERDAM -- A professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University claims that factors ranging from taking synthetic hormones to suffering stress during pregnancy can increase the likelihood that a child will be born gay. [ Read more → ]
BBCBinyavanga Wainaina

Kenyan author comes out as gay in response to anti-laws in Africa

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Binyavanga Wainaina, the African author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, has announced he is gay to protest laws criminalizing homosexuality on the continent. [ Read more → ]
Arkady-Gyngazov-cropped

Club manager seeks freedom from hostile attitude towards LGBT Russians

Monday, January 20, 2014
The day that Arkady Gyngazov's plane landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York, thugs and hooligans hired by the owner of the building in Moscow where the gay nightclub he helped managed is located, ripped an entire portion of the roof off the building, heating and air conditioning units, exposing the club to the harsh Russian winter. [ Read more → ]
Kathy Hubbard (left) and Annise Parker

Houston mayor Annise Parker weds longtime partner in Palm Springs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has announced that she and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard have married in California. [ Read more → ]
Binsar Bakkara, APA gay rights activist with multicolored paint on her face and matching umbrella participates in a 2012 protest demanding equality for LGBTQ people in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. In heavily Muslim Indonesia, gay sex is not criminalized, and many young, urban Indonesians are relatively tolerant of homosexuality, but most citizens consider it unacceptable.

Global LGBT rights: Anti-gay laws, attitudes hold sway in many regions

Thursday, January 16, 2014
While gay-rights activists celebrate gains in much of the world, their setbacks have been equally far-flung, and often sweeping in scope. Globally, the contrasts are striking... at least 76 countries retain laws criminalizing gay sex, including five where it's punishable by death. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (second from right), with partner Randy Florke (center) and children (from left) Jesus, Essie and Daley.

U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to marry long-time partner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Freshman U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney plans to marry his long-time partner, who proposed over Christmas. [ Read more → ]
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Champion Brazilian diver Ian Matos comes out as gay

Monday, January 13, 2014
Champion Brazilian diver Ian Matos has come out publicly as gay in an interview with the newspaper Correio. [ Read more → ]
APBrian Boitano

Brian Boitano never planned to publicly announce he is gay

Friday, January 10, 2014
BOSTON — Brian Boitano never intended to publicly reveal he is gay until he was chosen for the U.S. Olympic delegation by President Barack Obama last month. [ Read more → ]
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Hitzlsperger hopes his coming out will make it easier for other gay athletes

Thursday, January 9, 2014
BERLIN -- Encouraged by others who have come out as gay, retired soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger is hoping going public will help make it easier for other sporting stars to do the same. [ Read more → ]
APBillie Jean King

Billie Jean King part of diplomacy by diversity: ‘We reflect part of America’

Thursday, January 9, 2014
Billie Jean King believes standing up to discrimination is the best way to combat it, so she had no hesitation joining the U.S. delegation for the Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Joerg SarbachThomas Hitzlsperger

Former World Cup player from Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger comes out as gay

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
BERLIN — A former World Cup player from Germany became the biggest name in soccer to come out as gay, saying he wants to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. [ Read more → ]
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

Lily Tomlin marries partner of 42 years on New Year’s Eve

Monday, January 6, 2014
Actress and comedienne Lily Tomlin married writer Jane Wagner, her partner of 42 years, on News Years Eve, reports Liz Smith. [ Read more → ]
Don-Lemon

Don Lemon on why it’s still important for famous people to publicly come out

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
CNN's Don Lemon ended the "OutFront" broadcast on Monday night by commenting about Robin Roberts' coming out, and why it's important for other famous people to publicly come out as well. [ Read more → ]
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