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Via: Outsports.comMitch Eby

NCAA college football defensive end Mitch Eby comes out as gay

Monday, March 31, 2014
ORANGE, Calif. -- Mitch Eby, a junior defensive end at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., has come out as gay, delivering a moving coming-out speech to his teammates on March 18 that sent them into applause. [ Read more → ]

A year after anti-gay remarks, 49ers’ Chris Culliver continues LGBT outreach

Friday, March 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is continuing his outreach to the LGBT community more than a year after his anti-gay remarks leading up to the Super Bowl. [ Read more → ]

Michael Sam just wants to be known as a football player whose sexuality isn’t news

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Michael Sam needed no introduction. He provided one anyway, subtly spelling out his desire to be known simply as a football player whose sexuality isn't a national story... [ Read more → ]
Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (AP)In this 2012 file photo, Missouri linebacker Michael Sam (52) is congratulated by teammate Matt Hoch after returning a fumble seven yards for a touchdown against Southeastern Louisiana during the first quarter, in Columbia, Mo.

Michael Sam prompts coaches, athletic directors to review policies

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has coached gay players before during his 20-year career. Though Freeze declined to name the two players he coached before arriving on Mississippi's campus because of privacy, he said there is no exact protocol for how to handle a situation like the one that arose with Michael Sam. [ Read more → ]
Arland Bruce (left) and Bryant Turner Jr.

Canadian Football League players fined for anti-gay tweets about Michael Sam

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
MONTREAL -- The Canadian Football League fined two players Tuesday for making inappropriate comments about openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam. [ Read more → ]

1st openly gay NFL player to face challenges most other rookies don’t

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Michael Sam will face a daunting set of challenges that most rookies don't have to deal with when making the already formidable jump from college to the NFL. [ Read more → ]
L.G. Patterson, AP"Sam" is spelled in the snow on the north side of Missouri's Memorial Stadium, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in support of Missouri's All-America defensive end Michael Sam, in Columbia, Mo. Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Sam came out to the entire country Sunday night, Feb. 9, 2014, and could become the first openly gay player in America's most popular sport.

Mizzou officials applaud Michael Sam’s ‘courage’

Monday, February 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Michael Sam first revealed he was gay at one of the football team's get-acquainted dinners last summer. The next day, Sam told the entire team. [ Read more → ]
G.M. Andrews, APMichael Sam, at the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Mobile, Ala.

Michael Sam bravely comes out … Now what?

Monday, February 10, 2014
Finally, we'll get to see how this plays out, an openly gay player lining up in America's most popular sport. Finally, we'll get to see what barriers we've broken down and, more important, what hurdles remain when someone acknowledges they are gay, then competes with and against guys who may be repelled by the notion of having a relationship with another man. Because of Michael Sam, it will be easier for the next guy. And the guy after that. But for all the progress this country has made in gay rights, there will surely be plenty of ugliness in the weeks and months and years to come. [ Read more → ]
Michael Sam

Michael Sam’s coming out: Tolerance is about to be tested in the NFL

Monday, February 10, 2014
Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri’s All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night and could become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport. [ Read more → ]
APMichael Sam

All-American defensive lineman, NFL prospect Michael Sam comes out as gay

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly gay player in the NFL. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, APChris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe: ‘I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot’

Thursday, January 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says his special teams coordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings, an allegation the coach "vehemently denies." [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, AP (File)The 1993 Houston Oilers team contained two gay members, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Report: Houston Oilers had two gay players in 1993, teammates didn’t care

Friday, December 27, 2013
HOUSTON — Long before the question of whether the NFL is ready for a gay player, at least two key members of the tumultuous 1993 Houston Oilers team were gay, former teammates have told the Houston Chronicle. [ Read more → ]
APRobert Griffin III

Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin: Now is the time for an openly gay NFL player

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III believes that there are gay players in the National Football League, and that now is a perfect time for them to come out. [ Read more → ]

NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he’s ‘not with’ gay marriage

Monday, May 27, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he has family members who are gay whom he loves and respects. But on gay marriage, the Minnesota Vikings running back says "that's not something I believe in." [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mark Dayton

Minn. governor wary of Vikings cutting outspoken LGBT ally Chris Kluwe

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has joined the list of those wondering if the Minnesota Vikings cut veteran punter Chris Kluwe solely for performance purposes. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Graysonvia Facebook

Former Virginia football star Kevin Grayson comes out as gay

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- Kevin Grayson, a star wide receiver for the University of Richmond from 2008-2011, and one of the most decorated football players in Central Virginia history, has come out as gay. [ Read more → ]
Chris Kluwe

LGBT ally, marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe cut by Minnesota Vikings

Monday, May 6, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken ally and supporter of same-sex marriage, said Monday he has been released by the team. [ Read more → ]

NFL reminds teams of league’s anti-discrimination policy

Monday, April 29, 2013
NEW YORK -- The National Football League distributed a document to its teams Monday reiterating its anti-discrimination policy on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Alan GendreauOutsports

NFL draft leaves gay hopeful sidelined; ally Chris Kluwe ponders what’s next

Sunday, April 28, 2013
The National Football League on Saturday passed on its chance to draft the first openly gay athlete in professional football, while straight ally and gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe found himself pondering his future in the NFL. [ Read more → ]

NFL agrees to new measures to protect gay athletes

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. — The NFL is taking action to better protect gay players from harassment and discrimination as a result of meetings with New York state's attorney general. [ Read more → ]
Alan Gendreau

NFL prospect could become first openly gay professional football player

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Alan Gendreau, a former kicker for Middle Tennessee State University and the leading scorer in Sun Belt Conference history, is now an NFL hopeful -- an openly gay NFL hopeful. [ Read more → ]
Brendon Ayanbadejo

Ex-Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo talks equality in South Fla.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former Baltimore Ravens reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo called on professional athletes Tuesday to stand up for marriage equality because he said it is "the right thing to do." [ Read more → ]

LSU football player is sorry ‘if you were hurt’ that he called gays sissies

Saturday, April 20, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A college football player at Louisiana State University apologized Friday for saying gays should not play football because they are sissies. [ Read more → ]
Nick Kasa at the NFL Combine in February.AP

NFL: No violations found in questions related to players’ sexual orientation

Saturday, April 6, 2013
NEW YORK — The NFL says it found no "specific violations" in investigating whether team recruiters had questioned potential players about their sexual orientation during a February scouting combine. [ Read more → ]

Ayanbadejo: Up to four NFL players may soon come out as gay

Friday, April 5, 2013
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo says up to four NFL players may soon come out as gay, according to a published report. “I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo told The Baltimore Sun. [ Read more → ]
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