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LOOK: Gay Boxing Club Gives Stereotypes A Sucker Punch

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices

When we say "boxing," the first thing you think of may not be a gay guy going 10 rounds in the ring. But Velvet Gloves Gentleman's Boxing is sparr...

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.

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.

Michael Sam: "Unnecessary Roughness"

Kelsey Minor | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Minor

Michael Sam is a gay black man, but should that be a strike against him because there are people too afraid to play alongside him?

LOOK: Olympian Flashes Rainbow And Unicorn As Winter Games Kick Off

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.08.2014 | Gay Voices

One of six reportedly out lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) competitors at this year's 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics made the first display of...

Free Speech at Sochi Olympics? Not Really..

AP | CHRIS LEHOURITES | Posted 01.30.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A day after the head of the Sochi organizing committee appeared to contradict IOC President Thomas Bach on the rights of Olympi...

How This Gay German Soccer Player To Make Coming Out Easier

AP | CIARAN FAHEY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

BERLIN (AP) — Encouraged by others who have come out as gay, retired soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger is hoping going public will help make it easi...

Transformative Year

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered historic rulings in the Windsor and Perry cases, overturning the federal denial of recognition to same-sex marriages and restoring marriage equality in California.

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...

WATCH: A Gay Surfers Documentary?

Posted 11.15.2013 | Gay Voices

Gay surfers are considered the community's unicorns -- a bit of an urban legend. But a new documentary is aiming to shed light on these sun-kissed den...

A Brief History of Me and Sports

Joe Hutcheson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Hutcheson

I wouldn't say that I hate sports. I would say, instead, that nothing has ever made less sense to me. The world of competitive sports has always been one in which I have felt terribly confused and out of place.

Gay Former NFL Star Named Executive Director Of Major LGBT Organization

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Wade Davis, a former NFL player who publicly came out in 2012, has been named the Executive Director of the You Can Play project, an anti-homophobia a...

Billie Jean King: It's 'Very Difficult' For Gay Athletes To Come Out

Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Tennis legend Billie Jean King spoke at length about the challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes continue to face in th...

What Does Russia's Gay Ban Ruling Mean For Gay Olympians At Next Year's Winter Olympics?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices

With Russia recently passing their anti-gay gag ruling, it raised some questions concerning next year's Winter Olympic Games. The International Olympi...

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...

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...

LOOK: Is Your City One Of The Top 10 For LGBT Sports?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices

So far this year gay athletes and their straight allies have taken giant strides towards achieving equality and acceptance in the world of major leagu...

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...

WATCH: Robbie Rogers Opens Up About Being An Openly Gay Athlete

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.03.2013 | Gay Voices

Robbie Rogers, the first active openly gay male athlete to compete in a U.S. professional team sport, made an appearance on "CBS This Morning" on Mon...

LGBT Community Must Accept a New Reality: The NFL Doesn't Hate Us

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 07.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

There's a lesson here the LGBT community has got to learn. If we're to truly gain equality and understanding in sports, it's time to accept a new reality in sports: The NFL doesn't care if an athlete is gay.

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.

Chicago City Council To Vote On Resolution On LGBT Athletes

Posted 05.08.2013 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy Windy City Times: The Chicago City Council is expected to vote on a resolution to encourage support for LGBT professi...

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...

Saki Knafo

Amateur Players On Jason Collins: 'It's About Playing Ball Out Here'

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- At an outdoor basketball court in Greenwich Village this week, Peyton Bell, 66, was talking about Jason Collins. "I support him," he s...

Amanda Terkel

Will Jason Collins Find His Branch Rickey?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.30.2013 | Sports

WASHINGTON -- The gay community has its Jackie Robinson. It now needs its Branch Rickey. NBA player Jason Collins took the sports world by surprise...