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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.

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...

First Openly Gay NBA Player Retires

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.19.2014 | Sports

Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional athlete to compete in any of the four major North American team sports leagues, announced Wednesday i...

A Conversation with Jason Collins

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Sports
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Collins stated he thought about coming out during the lockout in 2011 when he had time on his hands and after seeing an "It Gets Better Video" his trainer did.

LGBT Athletes Speak Up by Coming Out | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Cyd Ziegler, co-founder of OutSports, talks with me about the societal impact of athletes speaking up about their sexual orientation, and what can be done to improve LGBT acceptance in sports.

Out NBA Player Said He's Received Gay Taunts

Posted 03.21.2014 | Sports

When Jason Collins became the first openly gay male athlete to play in a major U.S. professional sport, the NBA player received an outpouring of suppo...

Jason Collins, Social Change and the Importance of Sports

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 05.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Lisa Stulberg

Sports has always been about more than just winning and losing and has always been laden with symbolism that matters.

LOOK: Jason Collins Meets Matthew Shepard's Parents

AP | ARNIE STAPLETON | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices

DENVER (AP) — Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard's parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in ho...

To Understand the Issue of Gays in Sport, Let Us Pay a Visit to the Croods

Gilles Herrada, Ph.D. | Posted 04.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Gilles Herrada, Ph.D.

Why are we so in awe at Jason Collins and Michael Sam's coming out? Why are we fascinated again about Collins signing with the Brooklyn Nets? What is so striking about Collins and Sam's revelation?

Nets Top Lakers In Collins' Historic Return To NBA

AP | JOE RESNICK | Posted 02.24.2014 | Sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jason Collins played his first game with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, becoming the first openly gay active player in the fo...

REPORTS: Jason Collins Expected To Sign With Nets

Posted 02.23.2014 | Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to sign Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, as first reported by ESPN. The 35-year-old veteran center will become the f...

Que(e)rying Michael Sam's Coming-Out Timing

Irene Monroe | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Sam's coming out will be the true litmus test of whether the NFL is indeed open and accepting of gay players. Should no team sign him, the NFL is sending the message that no time is the right time to be out in this sport.

Olympics Officials Are 'Putting Their Head In The Sand' Over Russian Gay Law, Says Out Athlete

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Tennis star Martina Navratilova and U.S. basketball player Jason Collins said on...

Gay Sports Stars Speak Out At The UN

AP | CARA ANNA | Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ex-NBA player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova urged the International Olympic Committee to do more to suppo...

Are Gay Athletes Struggling To Find Success On The Field?

Agence France Presse | JIM SLATER | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices

Months after admitting they are gay athletes, football's Robbie Rogers, basketball's Jason Collins and boxer Orlando Cruz have been unable to have muc...

Jason Collins' Ex Fiancee Reveals Why She's 'Deeply Hurt' By NBA Star's Coming Out

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Just over two months have passed since Washington Wizards center Jason Collins came out, becoming the first openly gay, professional male athlete play...

WATCH: 9 LGBT Moments In Sports That Made Us Proud This Year

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Until very recently, the sports world was considered by many to be troublingly homophobic and transphobic. Most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transge...

How Jason Collins' Brother Found Out His Twin Is Gay

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices

NBA veteran Jarron Collins stopped by the HuffPost Live studio Thursday to chat about the whirlwind reaction to his brother Jason Collins' announcemen...

Is This The First Openly Gay Man In College Basketball?

AP | ERIC OLSON | Posted 05.30.2013 | Gay Voices

-- It didn't take Jason Collins for Jallen Messersmith to come out as gay. Messersmith is a 6-foot-7 shot-blocking specialist from tiny Benedictine ...

The Courage to Come Out

Walt Hawkins | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

Before Jason Collins revealed that he is gay, I suppose I'd never really pondered the amount of courage it takes, even in this day and age, to come out of the closet. And it does take more than a fair amount.

Westboro Baptist Church Blames Tornado Devastation On Support For Gay Player

Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

A prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church is drawing a link between the Oklahoma tornado's devastation and a local team's support for openly g...

The Two Authors Who Set the Stage for Jason Collins

Todd Hunter | Posted 07.10.2013 | Black Voices
Todd Hunter

When Jason Collins decided to reveal the life he'd kept secret for so long, Harris, Dean, James Baldwin before them, and many other literary figures had already been on set, prepping the scene, readying our minds for what's to come.

From the Archives: How Coming Out in Professional Sports Has Changed Over the Last 30 Years

Jamie Scot | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie Scot

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives has been busy this week clearing a space for Jason Collins in our LGBT Archival Sports collection alongside the likes of Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and John Amechi, among others.

Why Coming Out Benefits Straight People As Much As Gay People

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Coming out isn't just healthy, necessary and liberating for gay people; everyone else benefits as well. Lies are destructive, not only to the person telling them but to everyone else who becomes collateral damage.

Support For Gay Marriage, Ending Boy Scout Ban On Gays Surges In U.S.

Posted 05.09.2013 | Gay Voices

Support for gay rights -- from ending the controversial ban on gay participants in Boy Scouts to legalizing same-sex marriage -- is surging throughout...