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

Thursday, March 12, 2015
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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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Derrick Gordon: First openly gay D-I men’s basketball player to compete in college game

Sunday, November 16, 2014
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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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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 ...

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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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