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Americans Say Yes To Gay Athletes ... Until They Kiss

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay 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...

Does Social Media Play a Role in an Athlete's Decision to Come Out of the Closet?

Quora | Posted 06.09.2014 | Technology
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Mills Baker, Product Design Analyst at Mokriya Speculatively: yes. Summary:Athletes know tha...

From Nebraska Football to Professional Sports, Gay Athletes are Inspiring Change

Eric Lueshen | Posted 05.11.2014 | College
Eric Lueshen

In 2003, I was a redshirt freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that decided to come out in high school. But I wasn't sure if I could handle being the first openly gay Division I college football player.

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

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.11.2014 | Gay Voices

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

Over the Line: Allies in the LGBT Sports Movement

Patrick Burke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick Burke

There are LGBT athletes ready, willing, and able to speak on their own behalf. Why am I, a straight man, explaining what it must feel like to be an LGBT athlete when I am surrounded by dozens of LGBT athletes more than capable of sharing their own stories? Why are we suffocating LGBT voices?

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...

Roller Derby Provides A Model For Pro Sports In Accepting Openly Gay Men

Jim Flood | Posted 07.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim Flood

Even before NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay, the lack of out gay men in pro sports was a major theme in the media. But at other levels -- high school, college, recreational, amateur --there are plenty of gay men in team sports. One such sport is roller derby.

Jason Collins Makes Amazing Happen

Maya Rupert | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Maya Rupert

If playing together in the NBA could make a white guy from Charleston begin to understand the discrimination faced by a black guy from Washington, D.C., in 1958, I'm excited to think what an openly gay player can do for a league that still perpetuates dangerous sexism and homophobia.

What Does Nike's Quest For A Gay Male Athlete Mean?

Posted 04.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Earlier this week, Nike poached newly out women's college basketball star Brittney Griner for an endorsement deal, but the athletic wear giant apparen...

Gay Former NFL Player To Support Youth Pride

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Openly gay former NFL player Wade Davis is set to speak at the 18th annual Youth Pride Day celebration in Washington, D.C., presented by the Youth Pri...

Come Out Like A Girl: Why Athletes Like Brittney Griner Deserve Our Applause And Our Attention

Anna Aagenes | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Anna Aagenes

Undoubtedly, Brittney is a basketball legend in the making, and the fact that people aren't making a big deal out of her coming out is both shocking and disappointing. Imagine if this happened with a male athlete of the same caliber. My Facebook news feed would be exploding.

An Openly Gay, Male Athlete Could Command Huge Payday

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.15.2013 | Gay Voices

The tide is turning in the world of sports. An environment once steeped in homophobia now has an air of acceptance and tolerance. Companies that may h...

'YOU Belong Initiative' Sports Camp Opens Doors For LGBTQ Youth

Patrick Burke | Posted 05.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Patrick Burke

It is time that we provide our young LGBTQ athletes with important and long-lasting leadership training from experts in the field. A gym free of anti-gay slurs. A locker room without homophobia. A court where LGBT athletes can just play the sport they love.

Lessons From Jackie Robinson: What It Will Take To Be The NFL's First Openly Gay Player

thinkprogress.org | Posted 03.27.2013 | Black Voices

Mike Freeman from CBS Sports reported Monday that “a current gay NFL player is strongly considering coming out publicly within the next few months ...

Out Of The Closet And Into The Locker Room: The Business Of Coming Out In The Pros

Conor Gaughan | Posted 05.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Conor Gaughan

When the first openly gay player comes out, he will be the darling of the media, with book deals and an ESPN documentary. It will be the biggest sports story in decades. The player will be bigger than any gay celebrity America has seen. How does it break down financially?

It's Time for All Jocks to Embrace Diversity

Domonique Foxworth | Posted 04.28.2013 | Sports
Domonique Foxworth

It is my hope that the next generation of athletes will not support a culture of ignorance and discrimination and that gay athletes will feel comfortable being open about their sexuality.

Robbie Rogers' Coming Out Doesn't Mean He Should Quit Pro Soccer

Wayne Besen | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

If soccer really gave him such incredible joy, there is no reason that he can't discover himself while still on the team. Presumably, they will allow him to visit gay bars and join LGBT political organizations after practice is over, so I don't really see the conflict.

The Gay Jackie Robinson Will Apparently Be White

Adam Amel Rogers | Posted 04.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Adam Amel Rogers

I am currently researching the history of LGBT athletes on television for a study that is due out this fall, but one doesn't need a content analysis to see that an overwhelming majority of gay athletes depicted in entertainment media are white.

Ready Or Not, Here He Comes Out: The Time For A Gay Professional Athlete Is Now

Conor Gaughan | Posted 04.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Conor Gaughan

He will inspire millions. His inbox will be flooded with emails, messages and tweets from kids who have been bullied and high school quarterbacks scared to tell their parents. He will earn a lifetime of rewards and joy from forever making the world a better place. And now is the time.

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Glenn Burke

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices

Glenn Burke became the first former professional baseball player to come out of the closet when he discussed his sexuality in 1982 in an Inside Sports...

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.

LISTEN: 'SnowbizNow' Callers Congratulate NBA Player Jason Collins On His Historic Coming Out

Nicholas Snow | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

Today I'm devoting the entire episode of my online radio show to callers who want to share the love with Jason Collins. His coming out rocketed to the top of the world's news headlines within hours of the release of his op-ed in Sports Illustrated.