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Griner, Johnson suspended 7 games each by WNBA for domestic violence arrest

Saturday, May 16, 2015
WNBA players Brittney Griner, left, and Glory Johnson following their arrest on April 22, 2015.
WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were suspended seven games each Friday for their domestic violence arrest last month — the league's longest ban in its 19-year history. [...]

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Jason Collins proud of NCAA for speaking out against Indiana law

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Derrick Gordon, left, the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player, and Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player pose for a photo, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis, the site for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament.
Jason Collins says he is proud of the NCAA's "bold" leadership against Indiana's religious objections law, and the association should avoid putting future Final Fours in states that do not protect the rights of LGBT individuals. [...]

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Connecticut governor: Move women’s 2016 Final Four out of Indiana unless law changes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.)
Connecticut's governor and UConn's athletic director called on the NCAA on Monday to consider moving next year's Women's Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana's new religious-objections law. [...]

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UMass guard Derrick Gordon: Coming out made me a better basketball player

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Derrick Gordon
Gordon became the first openly gay player in men's Division I college basketball when he came out last year, and says it changed his life for the better in every way. [...]

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Jason Collins, NBA’s first openly gay player, announces he’s retiring

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Jason Collins
Jason Collins, a 13-year veteran of the National Basketball Association who last year became the league's first openly gay player, is retiring. [...]

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Derrick Gordon: First openly gay D-I men’s basketball player to compete in college game

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Derrick Gordon
AMHERST, Mass. -- Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player to compete in a collegiate game Friday night, starting at shooting guard and helping Massachusetts defeat Siena 95-87. [...]

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The family who launched Army captain Max Lenox’s amazing journey

Friday, November 14, 2014
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Max Lenox was born to a crack-addicted black mother and raised by two white gay fathers who helped shape him into the much-admired captain of Army basketball. [...]

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WNBA players Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson engaged

Friday, August 15, 2014
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PHOENIX -- Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has proposed to the Tulsa Shock's Glory Johnson and posted it on social media. Griner showed a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. In the post, Griner wrote: "Last [...]

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Veteran NBA referee Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Referee Violet Palmer explains a call to Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, not shown, as Cleveland Cavaliers' Lester Hudson (14) looks on during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland in 2012.
Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the [...]

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WNBA first pro league to launch marketing campaign to recruit LGBT fans

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Amid a surge of public opinion in favor of gay rights in the U.S., the WNBA is launching a campaign to market the league to the LGBT community, becoming the first pro sports league to specifically recruit LGBT fans to its games. [...]

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