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Derrick Gordon

UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon comes out as gay

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins

Brooklyn Nets sign Jason Collins for remainder of the season

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Monday, March 3, 2014
NEW YORK -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract. [ Read more → ]
From left: Dennis Shepard, Jason Collins, Judy Shepard, and Logan Shepard.

Jason Collins, who wears #98 in honor of their son, meets Matthew Shepard’s family

Friday, February 28, 2014
DENVER — Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard’s parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in honor of their son. They also shared some laughs. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, right, is congratulated by fans after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. Brooklyn won 108-102.

Jason Collins finds a welcoming home in Brooklyn Nets locker room

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Jason Collins had already spent 12 years in the NBA by the time the world knew he was gay. He's a well-regarded Stanford graduate who just attended the State of the Union as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama and has made friends around the league — and particularly inside the Nets' organization. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, APBrooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, left, battles for a loose ball with Los Angeles Lakers guard MarShon Brooks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Collins breaks ground as first openly gay player in professional U.S. team sports

Sunday, February 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Jason Collins became the first openly gay active player in the National Basketball Association, breaking ground in major professional U.S. team sports as the country's growing acceptance of gay rights continues. [ Read more → ]
Jason Collins

Jason Collins signs with Brooklyn Nets, becomes 1st openly gay NBA player

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Jason Collins became the NBA's first active openly gay player Sunday, signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Collins will join the Nets for their game Sunday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers. [ Read more → ]
Tim Hardaway

Once homophobic NBA star first to sign petition supporting gay marriage in Fla.

Friday, July 5, 2013
MIAMI -- Retired NBA player Tim Hardaway, once one of the most vocally homophobic professional athletes in the country, was the first person to sign a petition seeking to repeal Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Pacers’ Roy Hibbert apologizes for gay slur, cursing – fined $75,000 by NBA

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert was fined $75,000 on Sunday by the NBA for using a gay slur and cursing during his news conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. [ Read more → ]
Mike Huckabee

A gay dad’s challenge to ‘anti-gay rhetoric hoop shooter, Mike Huckabee’

Saturday, May 4, 2013
I have a confession to make. As much as I loathe clichés and generalizations, there is one that I live up to with incredible gusto. I typify the gay guy who doesn’t do sports. Not even a little bit. From the pains of never getting picked for teams in PE to the days of racking up huge Trivial Pursuit momentum only to be demolished by the final Orange pie question (for those too young for the original Trivial Pursuit, that was the “sports” category), I am the ultimate sports nerd... [ Read more → ]
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U.S. men’s professional sports finally joins gay rights trend

Monday, April 29, 2013
NEW YORK — Jason Collins, who came out Monday as gay while still an active NBA player, broke one of the last remaining barriers in North America for gays and lesbians in era of constant political gains and ever-growing public acceptance. [ Read more → ]
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White House, Bill Clinton, pro athletes hail Jason Collins on coming out

Monday, April 29, 2013
WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday joined the chorus of praise by commending NBA veteran Jason Collins for becoming the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay. [ Read more → ]
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NBA’s Jason Collins: ‘I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.’

Monday, April 29, 2013
NEW YORK — NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. [ Read more → ]
Eric Murdock

FBI eyes possible extortion at Rutgers in case of abusive coach

Sunday, April 7, 2013
The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
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Rutgers fires basketball coach for abusive behavior, gay slurs directed at players

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs during practice. [ Read more → ]
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Rutgers reconsiders dismissal of basketball coach over abusive behavior, gay slurs

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. — Rutgers University said it would reconsider its decision to retain basketball coach Mike Rice after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
U.S. women's basketball players awarded their gold medals.

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women pulverize France to win gold medal in basketball

Sunday, August 12, 2012
The U.S. women’s basketball team crushed France 86-50 on Saturday at the London 2012 Olympics, winning its fifth consecutive gold medal and again proving to be the best in world competition. [ Read more → ]
Lisa Raymond

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: Lisa Raymond wins bronze in mixed doubles

Monday, August 6, 2012
American tennis doubles star Lisa Raymond won one bronze medal Sunday at the London 2012 Olympics, but lost another opportunity to medal. [ Read more → ]
A lesbian kiss seen during the opening ceremonies was truly a lesbian kiss seen around the world.

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: Lesbians rule the day, and a kiss seen around the world

Saturday, July 28, 2012
The first weekend of competition at the London 2012 Olympics is off to a great start for LGBT athletes. And a brief moment -- a lesbian kiss -- during the opening ceremonies on Friday night was truly a lesbian kiss seen around the world and sent anti-gay pundits into a tizzy. [ Read more → ]
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NBA adds ‘sexual orientation’ to non-discrimination policy

Friday, December 9, 2011
The National Basketball Association's new Collective Bargaining Agreement, signed by the players' union and ratified Thursday by the NBA's board of governors, now includes language protecting players from discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Will Sheridan

Former Villanova basketball star Will Sheridan: ‘I’m gay’

Monday, May 16, 2011
Former Villanova basketball player Will Sheridan on Monday revealed publicly that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
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