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  • (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.

  • (WB) The head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, Jon Gruden resigned his post Monday after an article in the New York Times reported that he frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the National Football League, (NFL).

  • After leading the United States to another gold medal, Sue Bird scored one for love.

  • 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.

  • When the Equality Act, a sweeping piece of LGBT civil rights legislation, had a Senate hearing on March 17, opponents made clear they are trying to use fear of transgender people as a way to defeat the bill.

  • 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.

  • The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are an exciting time for everyone 一 especially for the LGBT community, which has over 160 athletes competing this year. 

  • 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.

  • (WB) In an Instagram post Monday, Nashville Predator prospect Luke Prokop announced that he is gay.

  • (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.

  • (SS) I am the proud mom of a female scholar-athlete. She loves the camaraderie, the competition and the cadence that sports bring to her life.

  • (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.

  • You could say that Glenn Burke, the first Major League Baseball player to come out, is having a good season.

  • (CNN) World No. 3 golfer Justin Thomas has apologized for using a homophobic slur that was caught by television microphones at a PGA Tour tournament in Hawaii on Saturday.

  • (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."

  • (WB) Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out June 21, making him the NFL’s only openly gay player.

  • The time of year when most of the country is putting on layers and ramping up their indoor sports is when South Florida heads outside in shorts and airy shorts.

  • Republicans in Texas are airing a transphobic ad in an attempt to hold on to a Congressional seat.

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he's the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league.

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