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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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English gay footballer slams FIFA on selecting Russia, Qatar for World Cups

Monday, February 10, 2014
LONDON — A leading figure within the English Football Association says she won't go to the World Cups in Qatar and Russia because of their anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
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Hitzlsperger hopes his coming out will make it easier for other gay athletes

Thursday, January 9, 2014
BERLIN -- Encouraged by others who have come out as gay, retired soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger is hoping going public will help make it easier for other sporting stars to do the same. [ Read more → ]
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Former World Cup player from Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger comes out as gay

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
BERLIN — A former World Cup player from Germany became the biggest name in soccer to come out as gay, saying he wants to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers to write memoir

Thursday, October 10, 2013
NEW YORK -- Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league, has a memoir scheduled to be published next year. [ Read more → ]
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Campaign against gay abuse causes stir at British football clubs

Saturday, September 21, 2013
LONDON -- The boxes of rainbow-colored laces landed at the training grounds of English Premier League clubs unannounced at the start of the week. [ Read more → ]
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British footballers asked to wear rainbow laces in support of gay players

Monday, September 16, 2013
LONDON -- Professional football players across Britain are being asked to wear rainbow-colored shoe laces at matches this weekend in support of a campaign to show support for gay footballers and to tackle homophobia in soccer. [ Read more → ]
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FIFA president awaits Russian answer on anti-gay law

Sunday, August 25, 2013
ULRICHEN, Switzerland -- International Federation of Association Football President Sepp Blatter expects a reply within days from Russia, the 2018 World Cup host, clarifying its law prohibiting gay "propaganda." [ Read more → ]
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Soccer association seeks clarification on Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has asked authorities in 2018 World Cup host Russia for "clarification and more details" about a new anti-gay law, joining the International Olympic Committee in seeking answers from Moscow. [ Read more → ]
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Rogers talks coming out, returning to soccer as first openly gay player

Monday, June 3, 2013
Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers, the sport's first openly gay athlete, spoke with the "CBS This Morning" on Monday about returning to soccer after his retirement, and coming out to the public. [ Read more → ]
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Rogers debuts with Galaxy, first openly gay professional soccer player

Sunday, May 26, 2013
CARSON, Calif. — Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a U.S. professional league on Sunday night, making his Major League Soccer debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy. [ Read more → ]
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Gay soccer player Robbie Rogers comes out of retirement, joins LA Galaxy

Saturday, May 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Robbie Rogers is joining the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in another step by openly gay athletes in professional sports. [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay soccer star Robbie Rogers may be planning a comeback

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Robbie Rogers, the former Columbus Crew player who came out in February, may be planning a comeback. [ Read more → ]
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San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon suspended for gay slur

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for what Major League Soccer called "unacceptable and offensive language" toward an opponent after using an anti-gay slur. [ Read more → ]
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Soccer’s Alan Gordon faces possible suspension over gay slur

Monday, April 15, 2013
San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon issues an apology on Monday and faces possible suspension after NBC cameras captured him shouting "fucking faggot" at Portland Timbers player Will Johnson on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
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Gay soccer player Robbie Rogers: ‘Football hid my secret’

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, in his first television interview since coming out earlier this year, describes the feeling of being gay and closeted in professional sports, and of going to work each day hoping none of his teammates figure out that he is gay. [ Read more → ]
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Sounders’ Marc Burch opens up about his suspension for homophobic slur

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
TUKWILA, Wash. -- Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burchsaid Tuesday the suspension he received for using a homophobic slur during a playoff game last season needed to be harsh and was deserved. [ Read more → ]
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Robbie Rogers: If you are on the sidelines, you’re not in the game

Thursday, February 21, 2013
I really hope that Robbie Rogers reconsiders retirement and promptly returns to the field. I’ve got news for him, he will be gay for the rest of his life, but his athletic ability will be short-lived. If soccer really gave him such incredible joy, there is no reason he can’t discover himself while still on the team. Presumably, they will allow him to visit gay bars and join LGBT political organizations after practice is over, so I don’t really see the conflict... [ Read more → ]
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U.S. national team player, MLS star Robbie Rogers comes out, announces retirement

Friday, February 15, 2013
'My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended' -- And with that statement, former Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers announced Friday that he is gay, and -- at the age of 25 -- is retiring from the sport. [ Read more → ]
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Soccer’s Matt Jarvis: Time for a gay footballer to be comfortable enough to come out

Friday, January 4, 2013
U.K. soccer star Matt Jarvis appears on the February cover of Attitude, Britain's leading gay magazine, and says it is time that a gay footballer felt comfortable enough to come out. [ Read more → ]
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Seattle Sounders’ Marc Burch gets fine, suspension for homophobic slur

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Major League Soccer has suspended Seattle Sounders' Marc Burch for three games after he used a homophobic slur against another player during a playoff match against the opposing Real Salt Lake team last week. [ Read more → ]
Megan Rapinoe sheds tears of joy after the U.S. women's soccer team wins the gold medal.

LGBT Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women win the gold in soccer thriller

Thursday, August 9, 2012
Playing like heavyweight champions, the United States won the gold medal in women’s soccer with a hard-fought 2-1 thriller over Japan on Thursday at the London 2012 Olympics. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women’s soccer team to play for gold

Monday, August 6, 2012
A gritty United States women’s soccer team would not take “no” for an answer, rallying from behind all match long to defeat a determined Canada team at the 2012 Olympics. The U.S. won 4-3 with just seconds left in extra time, thus avoiding a penalty-kick shootout. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT Watch at the Olympics: Good results for American, Swedish women’s soccer teams

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
In women’s soccer, the United States and Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals of the London 2012 Olympics in different fashion. [ Read more → ]
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