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You Won't Believe What This Portrait Of Olympic Diver Tom Daley Is Made From

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices

After he came out of the closet last year, Olympic diver Tom Daley fell victim to a massive amount of homophobic backlash, particularly from users on ...

Michelangelo Signorile

Derrick Gordon, UMass Basketball Player, On Feeling 'Ecstatic' After Coming Out And Jason Collins' Influence | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.18.2014 | Gay Voices

“Don’t wait,” 22-year-old Derrick Gordon said emphatically when asked if he has advice for other college athletes thinking about coming out. The...

Openly Gay College Athletes Explain What It's Like To Come Out To Their Team

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.17.2014 | College

Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men's basketball team, publicly came out last week, making him the firstly ope...

An Open Letter To The NFL From A Gay Football Fan

Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay 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...

Basketball Hall Of Famer Has One Question For Gay Athletes

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes' current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some ...

WATCH: Real Talk With Rob Smith - Derrick Gordon and Black Gay People in Pro Sports

Rob Smith | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

On this "Real Talk," I talk about Derrick Gordon coming out, black gays in professional sports, and why it just may be harder for white men to come out than black men...

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

Quora | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology

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

UMass Basketball Player Comes Out

AP | HOWARD ULMAN | Posted 04.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Derrick Gordon had kept his secret for too long. He couldn't be himself. He considered giving up the sport he loved. Because he was gay, he distanced...

First College Basketball Player Comes Out As Gay

Outsports | Cyd Zeigler | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices

After a year of isolation, gay UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon discovered the strength to share his truth with family and teammates. He becomes...

This Is What Diversity Is All About

Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Five swimmers from the University of Virginia wanted to champion diversity at their college -- and they nailed it with one simple message: "2 of us ar...

Former NFL Star Says He Played With 6 Teammates Who Were Openly Gay In Locker Room

Posted 03.27.2014 | Sports

If NFL locker rooms aren't ready for an openly gay player in 2014 then they have seemingly regressed since Troy Vincent retired. A five-time Pro Bowl ...

The Times They Are A-Changin' for LGBTQ People in Sports

Pat Griffin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Pat Griffin

Regardless of the road blocks that a fearful older generation present, change will come. As the younger generation of women and men take leadership roles in sports, they will carry with them the values of inclusion and respect that drive their activism.

A Letter to My 16-Year-Old Self

Greg Louganis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

You will understand those confusing feelings you are having about "who you love" or fall in love with. It is your nature to love, and it is just who you are that you love a man. It is OK. You will survive your suicide attempt, and something glorious will happen.

Collins Signs For Rest Of Season

AP | Posted 03.17.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins has been signed for the rest of the season by the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA's first openly gay player had finished his s...

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

Eric Lueshen | Posted 03.21.2014 | 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.

Notre Dame Tennis Player Comes Out As Gay

AP | TOM COYNE | Posted 03.07.2014 | Gay Voices

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame tennis player Matt Dooley said the hardest person to tell he was gay was himself. "Saying gay for the first time...

Jason Collins Isn't Worried About Being The Next Jackie Robinson Because He's The First Jason Collins

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 03.06.2014 | Sports

I father, I Brooklyn Dodger them I Jack, I Rob, I sin Awww man, I'm Jackie Robinson Except when I run base, I dodge the pen Lucky me, lucky we, th...

NFL Quarterback Would 'Welcome' Gay Teammate And 'Show Him What It Means To Follow Jesus'

Posted 03.06.2014 | Gay Voices

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says he'd welcome an openly gay teammate, but a number of media outlets are questioning the sincerity of ...

The 'Gay Moment' in Pro Sports

Michael Kimmel | Posted 03.04.2014 | Sports
Michael Kimmel

Before we rush into what I like to call "premature self-congratulation" -- patting ourselves on the back at our own tolerance -- let's pause for a moment and put things in perspective.

REPORT: Jason Collins To Sign Another Contract

AP | By BRIAN MAHONEY | Posted 03.04.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins spent part of his off day on Sunday shopping at Costco. He was wise to stock up, because he'll be stayi...

NBA Donating Collins Jersey Sales To LGBT Groups

AP | Posted 03.01.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straig...

LOOK: Robbie Rogers Receives Awesome Gay-Inclusive Message

Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices

It's been a little over a year since Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers became one of the first high-profile, professional athletes to com...

Witnessing the Ho-Hum History of Jason Collins

Adam Amel Rogers | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Adam Amel Rogers

We have built this moment up for so long. The gay world and the sports world have played such vital roles in my life and I've been one of the many gay fans who have spent years craving a moment where our passions collide.

The Second NFL Player To Come Out As Gay Has Died

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 02.26.2014 | Sports

Roy Simmons, the second-ever NFL player to come out as gay after his retirement, died on Feb. 20 in his Bronx apartment at the age of 57. He died from...

Kobe Understands Why Jason Collins' NBA Return Is A HUGE Deal

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 02.24.2014 | Sports

Don't tell Kobe Bryant that Jason Collins' return to the NBA isn't a big deal. The five-time NBA champion hailed the importance of Collins' return...