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Gay Football Players

'My Name Is Michael Sam, And I Am Unbroken'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Michael Sam opens up about his tumultuous year as part of a video campaign in support of Angelina Jolie's new movie. "When I came out several mont...

Former NFL Coach Says He Wouldn't Have Drafted Michael Sam

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.22.2014 | Sports

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has a Super Bowl ring on his finger, but he wouldn't want Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, on his team. ...

Emily Swanson

Americans Say Yes To Gay Athletes ... Until They Kiss | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Americans say they're ready for openly gay players, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player...

These Athletes Think Michael Sam Will Fit In The NFL Just Fine

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 05.07.2014 | Sports

It's been three months since former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam announced that he is gay. The 2014 NFL Draft prospect is poised to become t...

An Open Letter To The NFL From A Gay Football Fan

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Rick Clemons for Imagine what might be possible if the NFL said, "Your sexual orientation doesn't mean a thing!" Dear Roger Go...

A Gay Michael Sam Is the Locker Room 'Imbalance' We All Need

Robbie Couch | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robbie Couch

Michael Sam, do you know how many closeted middle- and high-school boys in jerseys now have a trailblazer to look up to who has made their journeys a bit easier? I wish there had been a Michael Sam when I was in one of those jerseys.

Former NFL Coach: Openly Gay Player 'Bringing Baggage' To Locker Room

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.10.2014 | Sports

While many athletes commended Michael Sam for coming out as gay on Sunday, former NFL coach Herm Edwards warned about the potential impact on his fell...

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. ...

The British Obsession With Gay Footballers

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Dhesi

It's often referred to as one of the last gay taboos in Britain: an out gay professional footballer. But why does a large proportion of the gay (and straight) media, as well as a large section of society in general, seem to be obsessed with the prospect of an out pro footballer?

NFL, We Are Watching

Stampp Corbin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stampp Corbin

The Kerry Rhodes "scandal" is the perfect opportunity for the NFL to illustrate that it has moved beyond its traditionally homophobic culture. I hope that the NFL knows that the LGBT community and its allies are watching closely how it handles this situation.

Amanda Terkel

Pro Football Player Joins Fight Against Homophobia In Sports | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth has joined Athlete Ally, a group dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports. His announcement comes ...

Chris Kluwe Slams Athletes Worried About Gay Teammates: 'Grow The F**k Up'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has a few choice words for professional athletes who are concerned about the possibility of sharing a locker room...

Dear Closeted Football Player(s): We Got You

Adam Amel Rogers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Amel Rogers

As a gay sports fan, I have a simple message for any athlete who is ready to come out: We got you. I hope you are listening, because the LGBT sports-loving community has been waiting for this for a long time and we are ready to battle for you.

Gay NFL Players Would Create 'Sexual Tension' In Locker Rooms, Pundit Says

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The debate over whether or not openly gay athletes have a place on professional sports teams continues to dominate headlines, with both supporters and...

NFL Linebacker Says He 'Would Be Fine' Having Gay Players On His Team, In Locker Room

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has joined the chorus of professional sports figures who are expressing their views on the possibility of hav...

Coming Out In The NFL: Still Just 'Fantasy Football'?

Dr. Donna Dannenfelser | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Donna Dannenfelser

In two special episodes of Necessary Roughness, one of our characters deals with the difficult personal decision to come out. We haven't seen this happen in the NFL in real life, but we hope our portrayal will foster dialogue about acceptance and tolerance.

Why Saying 'Faggot' Hurts Gay Athletes: A Letter To Tank Carder

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The original version of this story appeared on Dear Tank Carder, I was surprised and disappointed to read about the anti-gay rem...

The Time Has Come for Gay Athletes

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 08.11.2012 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

I love sports because it teaches values like self-respect, self-discipline, teamwork and resilience. Adding tolerance to that list only enhances the character building opportunities for athletes.

Ex-Football Player On His Biggest Fear About Being Gay In The NFL

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"I started to realize that, you know what, there's an opportunity here for me to really make and effect change, not only within myself but in the worl...

WATCH: Gay Man Recalls College Football Team Defending Him In 'Shocking' Show Of Solidarity

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske