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Vikings hire prominent attorneys to help in settlement talks with Chris Kluwe

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have hired the attorney who investigated the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and another who played a prominent role in the fight for marriage equality to help in settlement talks with former punter Chris Kluwe. Ted Wells, whose investigation in Miami found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent ...

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Lawmakers want Vikings to give Priefer stiffer penalty for anti-gay remarks

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Mike Priefer
MINNEAPOLIS -- More than a dozen Twin Cities lawmakers are calling on the Minnesota Vikings to impose stiffer penalties on special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who admitted making anti-gay remarks in a conversation with former punter Chris Kluwe. The Vikings announced July 18 that Priefer would be suspended without pay for three games this season ...

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N.Y. Giants defend hiring of David Tyree despite history of anti-gay remarks

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
David Tyree
The New York Giants is defending its decision to hire former receiver David Tyree as their new director of player development, despite his history of anti-gay comments and activism against LGBT rights and marriage equality. Tyree became the hero of Super Bowl XLII when he made a fourth-quarter catch that allowed the Giants to win the Super Bowl against...

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Brad Thorson, former college football player and NFL prospect, comes out as gay

OUTSPORTS | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Brad-Thorson
Brad Thorson, a former college and NFL football player who was briefly with the Arizona Cardinals, came out publicly as gay on his blog on July 4 as his own personal Independence Day celebration. His blog post was titled Seeing Through the Fog: "I've been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it ..."

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Michael Sam’s draft pick likely to expand NFL’s gay fan base

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis.
Years before Michael Sam was born, gay-rights activists Kate Kendell and Paul Guequierre were already die-hard National Football League fans. For them and other gay fans of the NFL — their passion for pro football was rewarded with a moment they describe as thrilling: the decision by the St. Louis Rams to make Sam the first openly gay NFL draft pick.

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Oprah Winfrey Network postpones Michael Sam documentary

| Friday, May 16, 2014
St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam takes part in a drill during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.
The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, has been postponed.

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Former NFLer Wade Davis helping St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam transition

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wade Davis
ST. LOUIS -- The head of an advocacy group for gay and lesbian athletes said he spent a full day this week helping the St. Louis Rams prepare for the arrival of Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Sportscaster Dale Hansen ‘unplugged’ on Michael Sam’s late NFL draft pick

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen, who made headlines in February when, after Missouri's Michael Sam came out publicly as gay, and addressed the notion that some people will be “uncomfortable” with an openly gay NFL player, revisited the topic on Monday to make note of Sam's late pick in the NFL draft.

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Michael Sam ready to get back to football: ‘I’m determined to be great’

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
St. Louis Rams seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam sure seems ready for all the attention. The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was confident and engaged Tuesday as he was formally introduced by the St. Louis Rams, handling questions and scrutiny with aplomb well beyond that of a typical seventh-round fringe prospect.

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Civilization on the move? A weekend’s memorable LGBT moments

| Monday, May 12, 2014
Shon DeArmon, right, puts his arm around his partner James Porter while holding a flag outside the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, May 12, 2014. The state's largest county began issuing gay marriage licenses following a judge's ruling overturning Arkansas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
It was an eventful weekend: An openly gay football player kissed his boyfriend on national TV after being drafted by the NFL; same-sex marriage arrived in the Bible Belt; a bearded drag performer won one of the biggest TV song competitions in the world.

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