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  • NEW YORK (AP) -- Brittney Griner had a busy WNBA offseason. She played in China, vacationed in Miami and watched from courtside while favorite player LeBron James beat her hometown Houston Rockets.

  • Canadian Olympic pole vaulter Shawn Barber took to Facebook on Monday to come out as "gay and proud!"

  • (WM) Longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended indefinitely after using an anti-gay slur live on air Aug. 19.

  • Officials from the New York Police Department are currently investigating the death of Michael Wright, a former player for the New York Knicks, saying he was possibly was killed by someone he met on the gay dating app Grindr, the New York Daily News reports.

  • (WM) The Fed Cup is changing its name to honor tennis great Billie Jean King, the woman whose lifelong battle for equality and social justice laid the foundation for generations that followed.

  • (WM) The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports.

  • He may not have come out during his time in the professional realm, but now he wants to tell the world.

  • Instead of facing ten years in prison, Marshall University running back Steward Butler may only get up to two years following his recent alleged attack on a gay couple.

  • (AP) Former Drake assistant Courtney Graham has sued Bulldogs coach Jennie Baranczyk and the university, claiming she was forced to resign after her homosexuality became public.

  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City group is making plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a national gathering of LGBT activists that is credited with helping to kick off the gay rights movement.

  • (CNN) English rugby has been praised for clamping down on homophobia in the sport, though a leading gay referee warns there is still work to be done in eradicating the problem.

  • The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name.

  • The Miami Marlins are stepping up to the plate and showing their pride.

  • The Minnesota State High School League made some changes Wednesday to a proposal that would set guidelines for transgender student-athletes in high school sports after tabling the plan earlier this year.

  • BILLINGS, Mont. - The Montana High School Association is considering a policy that would allow transgender student-athletes to compete on the team that matches their gender identity.

  • Here we are, in the most glorious American week of the year, and my business partner writes a column celebrating soccer, the sport that is as exciting as watching paint dry. Come on, why do you think Americans have a ‘Bowl’ and the rest of the world just has a ‘Cup.’ We are bigger, better, and should be.

  • (CNN) The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will move from Charlotte, North Carolina, because of that state's controversial transgender bathroom law, the league announced Thursday.

  • (CNN) The NCAA is pulling seven 2016-2017 championships from North Carolina because of the state's stance on LGBT rights.

  • Today, the NFL announced Super Bowl locations from 2019 through 2021 – all in states free of anti-LGBT policies such as anti-trans bathroom bills or religious freedom laws.

  • Published on May 15, 2014The NHL is the first major league sport to have players from every team voice support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights. Together with the You Can Play Project, college sports teams are adopting the NHL's message of inclusion.

  • Despite complete chaos, a criminal investigation and other hiccups, the aquatics events of the World OutGames went on as planned Saturday, one day after the board of the organization announced that the majority of sporting events would be cancelled due to financial troubles.

  • We are a country of excess. We are obsessed with size, quantity, speed, guns, monster trucks; with the Big Gulp, the economy pack, the party size, two-for-one regardless of what it is, the Whopper, the quadruple Big Mac and all-you-can-eat-buffets. We put foodstuff inside foodstuff. And we brag about it. It’s an accepted part of the American obsession with supposedly being number one in everything, believing we're bigger, stronger and faster permeates many of our thoughts.

  • Sunday night, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced that he is gay.

  • It was the Fall of 1987 and the Brandy’s Bail Bond Bandits were playing the Fort Lauderdale Cops for the city championship at Hardy Park in Fort Lauderdale.

    I was the starting centerfielder and the captain of the Bandits. We were down 3-2 in the seventh inning when we loaded the bases with two out and I came to the plate with a chance to win the game.

    I took the second pitch and lined it into the gap in right center field. Two runs would score and my teammates greeted me in a mob scene as I rounded first base.

    “Pretty good for a faggot,” I told them.

    Until Chuck Dima, Jim Stork, Dave Litty and a host of other really good people came together to form the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Softball League, it was never easy being a gay jock in this town.

    Hell, it has never been easy being a gay jock anywhere in America where group sports have been involved. Homophobia invades locker rooms, and guys who are not macho and masculine are demeaned as “faggots, queers, and homos.” It’s still pervasive enough that scores of gay athletes, even Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, won’t come out of the closet.

    In the past year, we have seen Michael Sam’s name called in the NFL draft, after he came out. It was a first. We saw President Obama call and congratulate basketball star Jason Collins when he came out, and that too was a first, both for a president and a hoopster.

    For years, I have believed athletes could care less who you sleep with if you could take two and hit to right. But my belief is a little fantasy, too. The truth is that gay athletes are still not openly accepted, or it would not be news if they came out of the closet. Irreverent reactions from multiple players have shown us we have a ways to go with lots of people.

    Last year, the Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame opened in Chicago, with a host of inductees, including Chuck Dima, one of the founding forces of gay softball right here in South Florida. This year, our paper features more names, highlighting the lives of these individuals who stood out and proud in the face of public disapproval.

    Our lives are ours to lead, and the paths we take are always our own. Still, we have reason to celebrate when people buck the tide and pave the way, whether it’s a high school center coming out of the closet, or a retired pro footballer. Years ago, it was David Kopay. Last week, it was Brad Thorson, in an Independence Day declaration. Let’s not criticize those who took a while getting here. Let’s just say ‘thanks for arriving,’ and welcome to the party.

    People like Greg Louganis had to deal not only with being gay, but being HIV positive. His life has not been diminished, and he has been a role model for many. So too can we hope that for the many more whose names will follow. They are out there, and we know this to be so. We have seen gay umpires, gay team executives, and gay coaches. We also know the path is slow and measured, the road still tempered. Individuals want to be measured by their deeds on the field, not in a bedroom.

    We used to feature Kyle’s Bed N’ Breakfast, a great gay cartoon penned by Greg Fox. One of its main characters is a baseball player, Brad that has not yet come out of the closet. His animated life resembles many of those in our community. His day has not come. When it does, he will be free. So to will you. Live your life outside the cartoon.

    Become who you are. Be Free.

  • This is not an editorial about sports, though it is about a football player.

  • (EDGE) Great Britain's track and field athlete Tom Bosworth, who came out as gay in 2015, proposed to his boyfriend Harry Dineley while in Rio for the 2016 Olympics, the Telegraph reports.

  • This year’s World OutGames Miami 2017 will include a special Pulse memorial.

  • (CNN) -- First, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers addressed rumors that he was gay on his weekly ESPN radio show, saying, "I am not gay. I really, really like women."

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