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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.

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 05.04.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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...

WATCH: Jason Collins Faces The Media

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 02.23.2014 | Sports

Jason Collins understands he is making history but his focus remains on basketball. The 35-year-old veteran NBA center became the first openly gay...

Jason Collins Returns To The NBA

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 02.23.2014 | Sports

Jason Collins is making a historic return to the NBA. The 35-year-old NBA veteran is set to become the first openly gay professional athlete to co...

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...

Collins Finally Returning To NBA?

AP | BRIAN MAHONEY | Posted 02.22.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking to add a big man, the Brooklyn Nets have worked out center Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active NBA p...

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.

An Open Letter to Straight Guys: Gay Men Just Aren't That Into You

Nico Lang | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Nico Lang

Besides, what would we even do if we got a straight guy? Straight men don't seem to share the gay fascination with Sunday brunch, a love so deep that gay men will make a meal last an entire day. Kardashian marriages are shorter than gay brunches.

I Am Infuriated by the Homophobia of Putin's Government

Belle Brockhoff | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Belle Brockhoff

As a gay athlete going to Sochi, I am infuriated by the homophobia, established by the Putin government.

Hip-Hop Icon: I'll Be 'Rooting' For Michael Sam In The NFL

Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Hip-hop icon Russell Simmons has joined the ever-growing list of celebrities and public figures to praise college football player and NFL prospect Mic...

Michael Sam Receives Standing Ovation

AP | JAKE KREINBERG | Posted 02.15.2014 | Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Michael Sam received a standing ovation when he appeared on the arena video boards during Missouri's basketball game against Te...

Gay NFL Veteran: 'I Did Not Feel Safe At All' In The Locker Room

Posted 02.13.2014 | Gay Voices

Retired NFL veteran Esera Tuaolo joined HuffPost Live this week to discuss the implications of college football star Michael Sam's coming out. "I...

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?

Texas Sports Anchor Gives Jaw-Dropping Speech On Gay NFL Players

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.14.2014 | Gay Voices

Sports broadcasts are typically known for their punchy lists of best plays, epic goal countdowns and testosterone-fueled commentary. Which makes Da...

My U.S. Olympic Delegation Story

Brian Boitano | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Brian Boitano

The International Olympic Committee will never again select a host country that is not tolerant and that does not support human rights, and that in itself is a next step.