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What The World Cup Win Means For Out Female Athletes

Lauren Neidigh | Posted 07.13.2015 | Sports
Lauren Neidigh

When we work towards inclusion and acceptance, we win championships. We bring out love in all of its forms and light up the world with it. It can help those of us who still face hate and discrimination. We should be changing the game, not each other.

Jason Collins Has Game -- And God

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

On April 29th 2013, a story appeared on the Sports Illustrated website that began with the words: "I’m a 34 year-old NBA center, ...

I'm A Professional Wrestler. Here's Why I Finally Came Out

Matt Cage | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Cage

I never originally intended to make a public post about my private life. However, with the constant speculation, I felt that it would just be best if I silenced everyone and told the truth publicly. To anyone who has ever been scared of just being real and telling the truth, you shouldn't be.

Rainbows on the Field: Australian Footballers Combating Homophobia

The Good Men Project | Posted 05.26.2015 | Sports
The Good Men Project

On May 16, two local teams, Yarra Glen and Warburton Millgrove, faced off for the second annual Pride Cup, an event organized to promote inclusiveness and acceptance of gays and lesbians on the sporting field. The two teams wore special uniforms featuring prominent rainbow designs to mark the occasion.

College Wrestling Champion Opens Up About His Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices

Former Ohio State NCAA champion wrestler Mike Pucillo opened up about his sexuality in a new interview with Open Mat's Jason Bryant. Pucillo, who w...

You'll Never Guess Michael Sam's Next Big Move...

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Michael Sam will soon be turning his attention from the football field to the dance floor. Sam, who made history last year as the first openly gay...

All The Proof You Need That America Is Ready For Gay Pro Athletes

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 01.23.2015 | Sports

By and large, America is ready and willing to support gay professional athletes.

LOOK: Robbie Rogers Wants To Workout With You

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.14.2015 | Gay Voices

We don't know a lot about sports... but apparently professional soccer's mid-season workouts are almost here and that can only mean one thing (that we...

Athletes and Ambassadors in 2014

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

2014 saw a mixture of advances and stark reminders of continued injustice. The gay journey in America proceeded on many paths in 2014. Here are highlights.

College Athlete Derrick Anderson Talks Candidly About Being Out And In Sports

Posted 12.22.2014 | Gay Voices

Each month Athlete Ally and Huffington Post will feature a new Voice to Voice segment featuring LGBT and ally people of color leading the movement to ...

Legendary Hulk Hogan Says Pro Wrestling Has Moved Past Its 'Barbaric Mindset' About Gays

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 02.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Pollo Del Mar

Not long ago, sports -- including big-time wrestling -- were less accommodating for gay competitors. Only recently have most pro athletes remained active in their chosen careers after coming out.

Michael Sam: Lack Of Talent Isn't Keeping Me Out Of The NFL

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports

Michael Sam didn't come out and say it, but he seemed to imply that he is currently not playing in the NFL because he came out as gay. Sam, who bec...

Veteran MLB Umpire Comes Out As Gay

AP | BEN WALKER | Posted 02.01.2015 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Dale Scott figures he'll hear plenty of foul language from angry hitters next season. Such is life for a Major League Baseball umpir...

Robbie Rogers: 'I Thought There'd Be A Chain Reaction' In Sports After I Came Out

AP | MELISSA MURPHY | Posted 01.25.2015 | Gay Voices

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...

Jason Collins: Fear Keeps Gay Professional Athletes From Coming Out

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 11.20.2014 | Sports

After he came out in April 2013, Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete active in any of the four recognized major North American professio...

NFL Great Suggests Michael Sam's Sexuality 'Could Be' A Choice

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices

NFL veteran Deion Sanders is making headlines for comments he made about Michael Sam in an interview with Larry King, Deadspin and Outsports are repor...

Gay Soccer Player Robbie Rogers' Coming Out Serves As Inspiration For New ABC Comedy

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.15.2014 | Gay Voices

We've missed Robbie Rogers. Thankfully, he'll soon be coming to a TV near you -- sort of. The openly gay soccer player recently closed a deal for "...

Raising the Profile of the Gay Games: Here's Why It Matters

Kristen Elechko | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Kristen Elechko

Athletes have the power to inspire. When we have role models -- men who are basketball, soccer and ice hockey players, women who are triathletes, beach volleyball players and runners -- we can become more comfortable, confident and safe in how we identify and who we feel free to become.

Olympic Plan to Bar Discrimination in Host Cities Is Just Lipstick on a Pig

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

Forgive me if I'm not popping the champagne. In reality, this is nothing more than a publicity ploy to quiet critics some of whom, by all accounts, are buying it hook, line and sinker.

The Olympics Just Got A Whole Lot More LGBT-Friendly

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.25.2014 | Gay Voices

In an amazing move for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes everywhere, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken steps to...

Why Athletes Need to Exercise Their Influence: An Agent's Perspective

Joshua Kusnick | Posted 11.04.2014 | Sports
Joshua Kusnick

From my perspective as an agent, I really do not see a downside to an athlete embracing this cause. I would gladly work for an openly gay player or a player who speaks up in support of the LGBT community.

NFL Veteran Sounds Off On Michael Sam's Future With The Cowboys

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices

NFL veteran Emmitt Smith sounded off on recent controversy surrounding Michael Sam, who was left off the St. Louis Rams' final 53-man roster and their...

LOOK: Players Gear Up For Gay Rugby's 'World Cup'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Ruggers from around the world descended upon Australia this week in training for the Bingham Cup, the "World Cup" of gay rugby. Four hundred player...

Gay Games a Revelation for Former College Football Player

Eric Lueshen | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Eric Lueshen

It made me reflect on a time when I felt like I was alone, the only openly gay athlete at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I was the lone gay kicker on the football team, fighting for acceptance on and off the field.

WATCH: Michael Sam Gets First Sack To Bolster Bid For Rams' Roster Spot

AP | Posted 10.17.2014 | Sports

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Sam waited a while longer to get back on the field in his second preseason game. When he did, he made a bigg...