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

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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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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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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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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Former NFLer Wade Davis helping St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam transition

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
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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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Oprah Winfrey Network plans series on NFL’s Michael Sam

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Oprah Winfrey Network says it plans to produce a documentary series following the life of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

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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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Michael Sam jersey ranks second highest in sales among NFL rookies

| Monday, May 12, 2014
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Orders for Michael Sam jerseys are ranking squarely with some of the NFL draft's biggest names, reports Outsports.com.

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