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Derrick-Gordon

Derrick Gordon: ‘I couldn’t go on hiding and being somebody I’m not’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
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 → ]
L.G. Patterson, APMissouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, center, dances as he jokes with teammates during pro day for NFL football representatives Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.

Michael Sam in spotlight at Missouri’s pro scouting day

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Michael Sam certainly draws a crowd. Scouts from more than 30 NFL teams, fans and media packed Missouri's training facilities Thursday to watch the former Tigers defensive end and 14 of his former teammates at the school's annual pro day. [ 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 → ]
Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league on May 26, 2013, making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Major League Soccer OKs steps to protect gay players from discrimination

Thursday, March 13, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Major League Soccer has agreed to new measures to protect gay players from discrimination and harassment following similar steps by Major League Baseball and the NFL. [ Read more → ]
Anton Hysén

Out European soccer player Anton Hysén signs with Myrtle Beach Mutiny

Monday, March 10, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.. – Openly gay European soccer player Anton Hysén has signed with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny of the National Premier Soccer League for the 2014 season. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dooley

Notre Dame’s Matt Dooley: The hardest person to tell he is gay was himself

Friday, March 7, 2014
Notre Dame tennis player Matt Dooley said the hardest person to tell he was gay was himself. "Saying gay for the first time was extremely tough, almost choking, because you know your life will never be the same. That was the hardest part, to move forward from there," the 22-year-old senior said Thursday. [ 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 → ]
Darron Cummings, APBillie Jean King

Billie Jean King talks Sochi Olympics, LGBT rights, openly gay athletes

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Billie Jean King's taxi ride home after the Sochi Olympics included a revelation. She had just returned from a whirlwind three days at the Sochi Games, part of the U.S. delegation for the closing ceremony chosen by President Barack Obama. She watched the gold-medal men's hockey game won by Canada, went up the mountain for bobsled, greeted U.S. athletes and met a Russian gay teenager... [ 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 → ]
Michael Sam

GOP lobbyist releases text of bill to prohibit openly gay players in the NFL

Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Republican lobbyist behind the campaign to ban Michael Sam and any other openly gay football player from joining the NFL, released the text of his proposed federal legislation on Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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Jason Collins’ #98 jersey honoring Matthew Shepard big seller at NBA store

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NEW YORK — Jason Collins hasn't even worn his No. 98 jersey in a game yet, and already it's a big seller. [ Read more → ]
Jack Burkman

D.C. lobbyist says he is preparing legislation to prohibit gays in the NFL

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A top Washington lobbyist said this week he is preparing legislation that would prohibit gays fro playing in the NFL, and that he has the support of more than three dozen unnamed lawmakers. [ 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 → ]
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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 → ]
Michael Sam

NFL combine begins: It’s as good a time as ever for an openly gay NFL player

Thursday, February 20, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- This could be as good a time as there has ever been for an openly gay player in the NFL. The league will be watching. [ Read more → ]
NBCJohnny Weir at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Here’s Johnny! Clothes make the man and vice versa

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — He promised himself something the first time he ever laced up a pair of skates. It's the same thing Johnny Weir returns to in those quiet moments most evenings, just before the TV camera's "on-air" light flashes red. "I'm wearing makeup, a double necklace and a cream sweater," he said. "I don't feel an obligation to tone myself down. [ Read more → ]
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Fans give Michael Sam standing ovation at Missouri basketball game

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Michael Sam received a standing ovation when he appeared on the arena video boards during Missouri's basketball game against Tennessee on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)Billie Jean King stands with her mother, Betty Moffitt, center, and partner Ilana Kloss, left, during the dedication ceremony for the USTA National Tennis Center, re-named in King's honor, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York in 200.

Billie Jean King to attend Olympics’ closing ceremony in Sochi

Saturday, February 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Billie Jean King will attend the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia as part of President Barack Obama's official U.S. delegation. [ 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 → ]
David Goldman, APFormer U.S. hockey player Caitlin Cahow (left) and Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano at a news conference ahead of the opening ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

U.S. delegation member Caitlin Cahow calls Olympic trip ‘humbling’

Saturday, February 15, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — A member of the U.S. Olympic delegation sent to Sochi by President Barack Obama said Thursday she witnessed no backlash over the inclusion of homosexuals in the group as an apparent protest over anti-gay laws in Russia. [ Read more → ]
Morry Gash, APWomen's normal hill ski jumping silver medalist Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who is openly gay, smiles during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

So far, nothing but silence from Olympians on Russia’s anti-gay laws

Saturday, February 15, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — A campaign to draw attention to Russia's anti-gay laws isn't gaining traction among Olympic athletes, who so far have avoided saying or doing anything to protest the measures. [ Read more → ]
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