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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
Instagram
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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New playbook evolves in the world of sports: How to come out as gay

Monday, May 5, 2014
Former NFL football player Wade Davis speaks to reporters prior to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade in June 2013, where he served as grand marshall.  One of the people enlisted to help advise All-American defensive end Michael Sam of Missouri before publicly announcing he was gay was Davis, a former NFL player who came out in 2012 - nine years after retiring.
A new type of playbook is fast evolving in the world of sports: An informal, commonsense protocol for how prominent gay and lesbian athletes can come out with maximum acclaim and minimum turmoil. Key decisions include how to reveal one's story, whom to tell it to and - crucially - [...]

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Thousands rally at UMass to support LGBT community, counter WBC protest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Members of the LGBT community and allies organize in a peaceful rally and march at the UMass campus on April 16, 2014.
AMHERST, Mass. -- An estimated 2,000 people rallied at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday in support of the LGBTQ community, and UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay male athlete in NCAA Division 1 sports. [...]

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