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S.D. high school group considers activities policy for transgender students

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota High School Activities Association is considering a policy on transgender students that would allow them to participate in activities according to their identified gender, not necessarily the gender listed on their records. [ Read more → ]
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British court finds soccer player guilty of anti-gay gesture

Thursday, April 10, 2014
BRIGHTON, England -- A British court has found Turkish forward Colin Kazim-Richards guilty of making an anti-gay gesture at a match while playing for Blackburn. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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Australia’s major sports leagues pledge to fight anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SYDNEY -- Chief executives of Australia's major sports leagues have signed a commitment to eliminate discrimination against gay people among their teams, players and spectators. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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Paralympics chief: No need for human rights assurances from host countries

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Countries bidding to host the Olympics and Paralympics should not be compelled to provide assurances about human rights standards, according to the head of the International Paralympic Committee. [ 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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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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 → ]
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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 → ]
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 → ]
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Farewell, Sochi! Russia closes costly, political, controversial Olympics

Sunday, February 23, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Said the head of the International Olympic Committee: "Russia delivered all what it had promised." [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
Darron Cummings, APA fan carries a Russian flag while walking in the Olympic Plaza during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic host countries

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Citing widespread dismay with Russia's anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [ 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 → ]
David Goldman, APVladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Olympic committee defends Monday’s removal of gay rights activist

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, saying she was “escorted from there peacefully” and not detained. [ 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 → ]
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 → ]
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