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Derrick Gordon

Derrick Gordon (b. Dec. 12, 1991) is an U.S. college basketball player who attends the University of Massachusetts and plays for the UMass Minutemen basketball team. On April 9, 2014, Gordon became the first men’s basketball player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I to come out as gay.

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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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