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Musician And Former Athlete Will Sheridan Opens Up About Coming Out And More

Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices

This month, Akil Patterson of Athlete Ally sat down with Will Sheridan as he prepared to host one of New York’s hottest events, Westgay. Will was al...

Let's Make a Future Where There Can Be an Openly Gay World Cup Player

Sally Shipard | Posted 06.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Sally Shipard

To create that future -- a future in which there can be an openly gay player at the World Cup -- it is up to all of us to join and accelerate the movement. Both LGBT and straight athletes must engage and take action.

Former U.S. Olympic Skier: How I Told My Kids About LGBT Athletes

Carrie Sheinberg | Posted 05.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Carrie Sheinberg

Important, positive words like 'love' and 'games' got put into a new context for him. I'm convinced those words will become building blocks that will offer him support when the questions became more complicated.

History in the Making but There's More to the Story

Richard-John Mensing, Jr. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Sports
Richard-John Mensing, Jr.

Each year the NFL Draft is filled with fascinating, engaging and unique storylines. Some are well-known, others are told for the first time, but rarely, if ever, do they have the historical impact like Michael Sam's selection will.

As a Lesbian Athlete, I Am More Than a Stereotype

Nora Cothren | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Nora Cothren

You never know who is listening, and you never know how a casual use of a slur will impact a teammate.

Post-Olympics, Russian LGBT Youth Will Not Have It Easy

Greg Louganis | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Greg Louganis

It is my concern what happens after the Sochi Games are over. There are LGBT children born in Russia every day, and who is there to protect those children?

How You Can Make A Difference For LGBT Athletes At The 2020 Olympics

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices

Russia has made its share of headlines lately and it looks like their 2014 Olympic games could have a ripple effect felt for years to come. Earlier...

Voice To Voice: Akil Patterson And D'Qwell Jackson Discuss Being An LGBT Ally

Posted 08.21.2013 | 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 ...

All Out Delivers Petition to the International Olympic Committee (VIDEO)

Joe Mirabella | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Mirabella

This global call urged the IOC to condemn Russia's anti-gay law before the Olympic Games and urge Russia to ensure the security of all visitors, athletes and Russian people before, during, and after the Games.

Pro-LGBT Petition With Over 300,000 Signatures To Be Delivered To Olympic Committee

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices

On Aug. 7, prominent LGBT advocacy organization All Out will deliver the culminating results of an international effort to condemn anti-LGBT legislati...

WATCH: Chris Kluwe On HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.25.2013 | Sports

NFL punter and gay rights activist Chris Kluwe stops by HuffPost Live for Pride Week to discuss his new book "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies," LGBT ...

Prideful Sports Fan? Celebrate Gay Pride By Wearing Your Favorite Athlete's Shirt!

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.13.2013 | Gay Voices

Athlete Alley, a nonprofit organization fighting for equality in organized sports, have teamed up with the NFL Players Association to produce a line o...

Nike To Host LGBT Sports Leaders For Major Conference

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

We're not even halfway through the year and already 2013 has been filled with some of the most shocking, heartwarming, disappointing and insightful he...

Luck: 'Absolutely No Problem' With Gay Players

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 06.02.2013 | Sports

Andrew Luck would have "absolutely no problem" with an openly gay teammate. The standout Indianapolis Colts quarterback sat down with Jim Boulden ...

Does Kluwe's Firing Bode Ill for Gay NFL Players?

John Becker | Posted 07.08.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Think about it: if coming out as an ally and publicly supporting equality is considered a "distraction," how will an NFL team react to the avalanche of media attention, accolades, hate mail, death threats, etc. when an active player actually comes out as gay?

Amanda Terkel

Did LGBT Advocacy Cost NFL Player His Job?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.06.2013 | Sports

WASHINGTON -- The Minnesota Vikings released Chris Kluwe on Monday, leading to speculation that the move was motivated in part by the punter's promine...

Amanda Terkel

NFL Meets With Gay Rights Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.12.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- The National Football League met with LGBT rights groups last week about the push to end homophobia in sports, at a time when speculatio...

Amanda Terkel

Pro Football Player Joins Fight Against Homophobia In Sports

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.10.2013 | Gay Voices

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

Amanda Terkel

Football Player Says It Would Be 'Selfish' To Be Openly Gay In The NFL

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.29.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- There has never been an openly gay player in the NFL, and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons thinks it might be best if it sta...

Amanda Terkel

LGBT Allies Prepare For Gay NFL Player To Come Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- No gay athlete playing in men's professional football, basketball, hockey or baseball has ever come out. But with rumors swirling that a...

Amanda Terkel

First NBA Player Joins Gay Rights Sports Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried has become the first NBA player to join an organization devoted to fighting homophobia in sports, and...

When Fans Become Allies: What's To Come After Super Bowl XLVII

Hudson Taylor | Posted 03.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Hudson Taylor

With this year's Super Bowl featuring two teams with vocal allies for the LGBT community in the Ravens' linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and the 49ers' head coach Jim Harbaugh, I'm hopeful that their fans may one day be as passionate about LGBT inclusion as they are about the game.

The World's Most Unexpected Straight Advocate For Gay Rights?

Posted 12.10.2012 | Gay Voices

"Maybe it’s because when I was such a bully when I had my uniform on, that when I took it off I felt the need to stand up against the bully," Tha...

22 Straight Professional Athletes Who Support Gay Marriage And LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.19.2012 | Gay Voices

Today marks the last day of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's Ally Week, a week for "students to identify, support and celebrate Allie...

Where Are the Gay Male Olympians?

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 09.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

While acceptance of LGBT people has increased rapidly during the past couple decades, being gay retains a huge stigma in athletics.