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

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
David Tyree
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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Vikings suspend Priefer for 3 games in response to anti-gay remarks

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Minnesota-Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay slurs and taunts made by Priefer. The Vikings released Friday a summary of the...

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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
Billy Bean
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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Kluwe threatens to sue Vikings over allegations of anti-gay conduct

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Chris Kluwe
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue the team over allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach, his lawyer said Tuesday. Attorney Clayton Halunen said they'll seek a copy of the Vikings' internal investigation and make it public if they can. They accused the Vikings of reneging on a pledge to release the report...

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Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe: ‘I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man’

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Ian Thorpe
Australian Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe comes out as gay in a television interview airing Sunday evening in Australia, reports the Daily Telegraph. Thorpe's announcement follows more than a decade of denials — the first of which came just as his career skyrocketed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when he was just 15.

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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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Brad Thorson, former college football player and NFL prospect, comes out as gay

OUTSPORTS | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Brad-Thorson
Brad Thorson, a former college and NFL football player who was briefly with the Arizona Cardinals, came out publicly as gay on his blog on July 4 as his own personal Independence Day celebration. His blog post was titled Seeing Through the Fog: "I've been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it ..."

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FIFA drops investigation over alleged gay slur at World Cup match

| Monday, June 23, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) will take no action against the Mexican football federation over fans chanting an alleged gay slur at World Cup matches. FIFA says its disciplinary panel decided the chant "is not considered insulting in this specific context," and that it dismissed a charge...

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Mexico coach defends alleged gay slur chanted by World Cup fans

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
Miguel Herrera
SANTOS, Brazil -- Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has defended World Cup fans chanting an alleged gay slur which is under investigation by the sport’s international governing body. Mexico fans shouting the slur as the rival team’s goalkeeper takes a goal kick is “not that bad,” Herrera said Friday.

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