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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 Night was a Night to Remember(,) I became the happiest person on this earth! ...

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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 league since that time. "This is actually the big formal coming out," Palmer said. "We are saying to the world...

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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 - when to tell it.

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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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Derrick Gordon: ‘I couldn’t go on hiding and being somebody I’m not’

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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In one of his first live interviews since coming out as gay earlier Wednesday, University of Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon speaks with NBC’s joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the historic moment.

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UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon comes out as gay

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball.

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Brooklyn Nets sign Jason Collins for remainder of the season

| Saturday, March 15, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA's first openly gay player had finished his second 10-day contract, which meant the Nets had to sign him for the remainder of the season if they wanted to keep him.

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Jason Collins to get second 10-day deal to play for Brooklyn Nets

| Monday, March 3, 2014
Seth Wenig, APBrooklyn Nets Jason Collins speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New York. More than a week after becoming the league's first openly gay player, Collins will finally get to play a home game.
NEW YORK -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract.

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NBA donating proceeds of Jason Collins jersey sales to LGBT groups

| Friday, February 28, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

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