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LOOK: 18 DISGUSTING Responses To Football Star Coming Out

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(Note: The following story contains graphic language) College football star Michael Sam made history last night when he became the first active Div...

Lean In and Speak Out

Esther Lofgren | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Esther Lofgren

When one thinks about the ideals we represent as Olympic athletes, equality -- including LGBT equality -- is important to uphold everywhere in the world.

First College Football Player To Come Out Says He Hopes To Blaze A Trail

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks caught up with Conner Mertens, who made headlines last month when he became the first active college football player to com...

NFL Star Says He's Afraid A Gay Player Would Look At Him In The Shower

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma might not be happy if a fellow NFL player were to come out as gay and wind up in the shower next to him. ...

WWE Superstar Wants Gay Wrestlers To Come Out

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

John Cena stopped by Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen this week to discuss a number of topics, including the high-profile coming out ...

A Devastating Look At Homophobia In Professional Sports

www.upworthy.com | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

We're talking about persecution at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics like it's something foreign. But here's the thing, you don't need to go all the way ...

Is The World Ready For An Openly Gay NASCAR Driver?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick speculated on what might happen if one of her fellows were to come out as gay in a HuffPost Live interview this week. ...

Brazilian Diving Champ Comes Out

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Top Brazilian diver Ian Matos is speaking publicly about his sexuality for the first time. "From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here th...

Discussing Race, Sexuality And Sports With U Of Maryland College Park's Kevin Anderson

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 ...

Speculation as Sport: Rumors, Gossip and Outing in the Sports World

Wade Davis II | Posted 03.11.2014 | Sports
Wade Davis II

I have been distraught sitting back watching athletes answer unnecessary and inappropriate questions around their sexuality due to our lack of true compassion, dignity and love for all. We now exist in a society where our own obsession with others trumps respect for others' personal lives.

Homophobia Now Has 'An Opponent,' Says Newly-Out World Cup Star

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Retired German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger says that his coming out as gay is especially significant in efforts to battle homophobia because it is ...

Former German Soccer Star Comes Out As Gay

Evening Standard, London | agency | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Germany international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay in a bid to break the taboo of homosexua...

Forget Invisibility: Visibility Is the New Superpower

Timothy Holbrook | Posted 04.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Timothy Holbrook

The power of visibility has unique force in sports where, particularly for gay men, the stereotype is that gays are unathletic. When coupled with the prominence that sports plays in American culture, visible LGBT athletes (and even straight allies) can help change minds.

Brian Boitano: 'I Had To Go Past My Comfort Zone' In Coming Out

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In a new Today interview, retired Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano opened up about his decision to come out as gay last month. Speaking to Toda...

LOOK: Tom Daley's Very Gay (And Somewhat Naked) Christmas

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

British Olympic diver Tom Daley shared a number of pictures from his Christmas celebrations on Instagram this week -- and there seems to be quite the ...

WATCH: What Would It Be Like To Come Out In The NFL?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Wide receiver and 10-year NFL veteran Donté Stallworth stopped by HuffPost Live to discuss a number of issues, among them what it would be like for a...

Why Out Gay Sporting Stars Matter

Rob Stephenson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Stephenson

There are areas of public life -- sports, country music -- in which a disclosure of sexuality still causes ripples. And these ripples are good.

The Lesson In Bravery Tom Daley Can Teach Us

Amy Yoelin | Posted 02.10.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

And what's the common core of sports? Right, be a team. Work together to get the results that you and your team wants. In order to do that, people need to regard others feelings, and put opinions off to the side. We have a game to win here people!

WATCH: British Diving Great Tom Daley Comes Out On YouTube

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

British Olympic diver Tom Daley has revealed he's in a relationship with another man in an emotional YouTube video. Daley, 19, says in the video, "...

The Lore of the Locker Room

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony Nicodemo

Fearing that one person would use locker room myths as a tactic to remove me from my coaching position scared me to death. One crazy parent could turn my life upside down and take me away from something I love. Rather than risk this, I stayed closeted and lived a secret life.

LOOK: World's First Gay Boxer Marries In NYC's Central Park

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Orlando Cruz, the Puerto Rican boxer who broke new ground when he came out as "a proud gay man" last year, married his boyfriend José Manuel Colón i...

Sochi, Sexuality and Sports: The GO! Athletes Interview With Women's Ice Hockey Olympian Caitlin Cahow

Avery Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Avery Stone

As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi draw nearer, debate is heating up about Russia's anti-LGBT policies. Former Olympic Women's Ice Hockey player Caitlin Cahow was kind enough to speak with me, sharing her take on boycotting Sochi, the tension that LGBT athletes face today, and why she loves sports.

WATCH: A Gay Surfers Documentary?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Gay surfers are considered the community's unicorns -- a bit of an urban legend. But a new documentary is aiming to shed light on these sun-kissed den...

Russia's LGBT Community Plans Surprise Response to 2014 Olympics

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A Russian group is planning to hold a "gay games" in Moscow days after the Sochi Olympics and is calling on international athletes to come and support...

Top Ranked Female Straw-Weight Fighter Opens Up About Her Sexuality

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 ...