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Thank you Ian Thorpe: How your coming out impacted this gay dad and his kids

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe for the first time publicly confirmed that he is gay during a television interview on July 13, 2014, ending years of speculation about his sexual orientation.
Last weekend, Ian Thorpe, who Australian politician Penny Wong called her country’s “greatest Olympian,” came out as a gay man. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of a number of brave public celebrities and a number of athletes from around the globe. There was an aspect to Thorpe’s disclosure which was dramatically more poignant than his predecessors, however...

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Michael Sam accepts Arthur Ashe Courage Award

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam, left, and his partner Vito Cammisano arrive at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draft pick, was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the annual ESPY Awards on Tuesday. Sam, who announced earlier this year that he is gay, teared up throughout his speech and his voice faltered at times as he accepted the award, named for the late tennis player who died in 1993 after contracting HIV from a ...

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Major League Baseball appoints Billy Bean ‘ambassador’ for inclusion

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball has appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement Tuesday before the All-Star game. Joining Bean and Selig at a news conference was ...

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OUT: Michael Sam and the draw that changed American sports forever

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, graces the cover of the August issue of OUT Magazine, the first time he has appeared on the cover of a gay publication.

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UN official: Gay soccer players at the World Cup should declare sexuality

| Monday, June 16, 2014
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Gay soccer players at the World Cup in Brazil should declare their sexual orientation to help make gays and lesbians accepted around the world, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Monday.

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Michael Sam signed to four-year contract with St. Louis Rams

| Friday, June 13, 2014
St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, has been signed to a four-year, $2.65 million contract with St. Louis Rams. Fox Sports reports that the Rams announced on Thursday afternoon that they had signed all 11 of their picks from last month’s draft.

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Michael Sam: No issues fitting in with St. Louis Rams

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam speaks to the media following an organized team activity at the NFL football team's practice facility Friday, June 6, 2014, in St. Louis.
Michael Sam is confident he'll be judged on performance. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that he was accepted right away. "They respect me as a human being," he said.

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Jason Collins reflects on growing up gay, and how ‘it got better’

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
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From the producers of "Web Therapy" and the "It Gets Better" project, comes a new series sharing LGBT celebrities' personal stories of struggle and success. In this video, Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, recalls that it was around age 16 that he realized he was "different."

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Nike updates collection of #BETRUE footwear, apparel for Pride Month

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Just in time for LGBT Pride Month, Nike is launching its #BETRUE collection of uniquely designed footwear and apparel inspired by the LGBT community. Nike says the #BETRUE collection features rainbow colors as a reflection of the diversity within sports and Nike’s support for the LGBT community.

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#ProudToPlay: YouTube campaign celebrates equality for all athletes

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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In celebration of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and LGBT Pride month, YouTube is honoring the LGBT athletes, their supporters, and YouTube Creators who stand up for diversity in sports and elsewhere. In the new video sharing campaign, YouTube is encouraging users to to upload their own videos about what being #ProudToPlay means to them.

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