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Gay Games athletes heartened by Cleveland welcome

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Todd Roark, of Detroit, crashes during the beach volleyball competition at the ninth Gay Games in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Participants at the event on a Lake Erie beach gave the city high marks as host of the games.
CLEVELAND -- Nick Gill says he was warned by a teammate on his indoor volleyball team about what Cleveland might be like before they left Portland, Maine, for the Gay Games this week. "He was telling us horror stories about growing up here," Gill said Thursday while watching the beach volleyball tournament at a lakeside park just outside downtown Cleveland, which is staging the Games ...

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Sun Devils’ Chip Sarafin: First active Div. I football player to come out as gay

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward "Chip" Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out. Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.

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America’s Heartland hosts Gay Games, visitors from around the globe

| Thursday, August 7, 2014
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Participants and spectators from 46 countries are coming to the Heartland for Gay Games 9, a quadrennial event that for the first time is taking place outside one of the world’s gay capitals. In choosing Cleveland and Akron, organizers said they wanted to stage the Games in a place where they could have an impact in boosting acceptance and support ...

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Young gay high school coach finds acceptance in rural South Dakota

OUTSPORTS | Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Nate Alfson used to fear road trips on his college baseball team and lived a life in the closet. Now out, he knows what true happiness is....

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Vikings hire prominent attorneys to help in settlement talks with Chris Kluwe

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have hired the attorney who investigated the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and another who played a prominent role in the fight for marriage equality to help in settlement talks with former punter Chris Kluwe. Ted Wells, whose investigation in Miami found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent ...

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N.Y. Giants defend hiring of David Tyree despite history of anti-gay remarks

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The New York Giants is defending its decision to hire former receiver David Tyree as their new director of player development, despite his history of anti-gay comments and activism against LGBT rights and marriage equality. Tyree became the hero of Super Bowl XLII when he made a fourth-quarter catch that allowed the Giants to win the Super Bowl against...

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Vikings suspend Priefer for 3 games in response to anti-gay remarks

| Friday, July 18, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay slurs and taunts made by Priefer. The Vikings released Friday a summary of the...

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Michael Sam accepts Arthur Ashe Courage Award

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam, left, and his partner Vito Cammisano arrive at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick, was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the annual ESPY Awards on Tuesday. Sam, who announced earlier this year that he is gay, teared up throughout his speech and his voice faltered at times as he accepted the award, named for the late tennis player who died in 1993 after contracting HIV from a ...

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Major League Baseball appoints Billy Bean ‘ambassador’ for inclusion

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball has appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement Tuesday before the All-Star game. Joining Bean and Selig at a news conference was ...

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Kluwe threatens to sue Vikings over allegations of anti-gay conduct

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue the team over allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach, his lawyer said Tuesday. Attorney Clayton Halunen said they'll seek a copy of the Vikings' internal investigation and make it public if they can. They accused the Vikings of reneging on a pledge to release the report...

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