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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

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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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 → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.

Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ 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 → ]
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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 → ]
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 → ]
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Dallas sports anchor on Michael Sam: ‘Celebrating our differences’

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Dallas sports anchor Dale Hansen at WFAA-TV addresses the notion that some people will be "uncomfortable" with an openly gay NFL player. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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Ex-NFL QB Steve Young to speak at Mormon conference on LGBT acceptance

Friday, September 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- Former NFL great Steve Young will be one of the keynote speakers at a three-day conference in Salt Lake City exploring how the Mormon faith is dealing with gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
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Hall of Fame QB Steve Young promotes acceptance of gays in Mormon Church

Thursday, August 15, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY — Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife Barbara are scheduled to give the keynote address at an upcoming conference promoting acceptance of gays and lesbians in the Mormon Church. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
Chris Kluwe

LGBT ally Chris Kluwe says he’s joining the Oakland Raiders

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Outspoken LGBT ally, marriage equality supporter, and former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he will be signing with the Oakland Raiders, according to a report by Fox Sports. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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