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South Dakota to keep trans-inclusive school sports policy

Friday, August 28, 2015
The policy aims to provide a way for transgender students to participate on the sports teams that reflect their gender identities rather than the sex listed on their birth certificates.
This increases the likelihood that Republicans in the statehouse will push legislation to change it. ...

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Gay football official suffers vicious homophobia from referees and fans

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
"It's hit me over the years that just the perception of being gay can be career-ending for a football official in my area."
"It's hit me over the years that just the perception of being gay can be career-ending for a football official in my area." ...

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Openly gay footballer Michael Sam to make Alouettes debut

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Michael Sam
The Alouettes play Saturday in Calgary, and coach Tom Higgins says the defensive end could compete in any of the five games in August. ...

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Michael Sam returns to Canada to restart football career with Montreal Alouettes

Monday, June 29, 2015
Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to reporters after returning to practice with the Canadian Football League team Monday, June 29, 2015, in Montreal. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, could not make the roster of the St. Louis Rams and signed with Montreal. He left the Alouettes for what he said were personal reasons, but returned to the team this week.
In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gaysame-sexmarriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career. ...

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Tiny league makes history with first openly gay player to enter pro baseball ranks

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Sonoma Stompers pitcher Sean Conroy, left, warms up during practice at Arnold Field, in Sonoma, Calif. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Conroy, 23, of Clifton Park, N.Y., is the first openly gay player to enter the professional baseball ranks, according to the Stompers.
Baseball history was made in Northern California when the sport's first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer. ...

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Former Major League Soccer player Matt Hatzke comes out as gay

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Matt Hatzke
"I truly believed that I could never come out as gay while playing professional soccer. It was that year in MLS that I had reached my breaking point. My release from soccer put me on the path to coming out ...

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Pro wrestler ‘Money’ Matt Cage comes out as gay

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Matt Hullum (a.k.a. "Money" Matt Cage)
Pro wrestler "Money" Matt Cage has come out as gay, posting on Facebook that he has spent the majority of his "life lying, hiding and depressed" because he felt like he couldn't truly be who he wanted to be. ...

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At Harvard, Schuyler Bailar will be first openly trans collegiate swimmer in U.S. history

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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The Harvard freshman was recruited to swim on the school's women's team. But next season, he'll swim for the men's team after his transition, becoming the first openly transgender collegiate swimmer in U.S. history. ...

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Glenn Burke’s family at game as Oakland A’s honor him on LGBT Pride Night

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Glenn Burke was the first Major League Baseball player to come out to his teammates and managers during his career.
Glenn Burke's sister had a tough time even coming to the Oakland Coliseum for Athletics Pride Night. Her brother's death remains painful 20 years later, but she knows how much it would have meant to Burke to be honored in ...

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Michael Sam leaves CFL camp for personal reasons

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Michael Sam
The CFL team said the rookie defensive end has been given special permission to return home to Texas. The Alouettes are keeping the "nature of his decision" confidential. ...

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