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Will Michael Sam Save the NFL From Its Homophobia?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Publicly, the NFL is being supportive, putting out a statement saying, "We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage," but in Sports Illustrated numerous unnamed sources say Sam's going to be a "distraction" and not a problem any team is going to want to take on.

State Assistant Football Coach Suspended For Slamming Player As 'Faggot'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

A Colorado State University assistant football coach has been suspended for two weeks without pay after being caught using an anti-gay slur on camera ...

Those Who Changed History but Won't Be in the History Books

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a historian and straight educator who sees the struggles of his gay students on a daily basis, I know that there are individuals who performed acts that may not seem historic or monumental but have indirectly improved the lives of so many.

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 ...

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 Says 'I'm Gay' In The NBA: Why This Is Huge

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The magnitude of NBA player Jason Collins' coming out today cannot be overestimated. He breaks a barrier that we've been waiting for someone to plunge through: a major league sports player saying "I'm gay" while still playing and at the height of his career.

'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.

To Professional Athletes: Get Over It

Jackie Gardina | Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

Most of society has been working with openly gay and lesbian colleagues for a while now. Even the military has managed to transition to open service. Yet some professional athletes continue to believe that their team will crumble with the addition of an openly gay teammate.

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...

Tongues Untied: Pro Athletes, Sexuality And Media Hype

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 03.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

From Kenneth Faried's moving video in support of his lesbian mothers to reports of Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber and Kenny Smith mocking Charles Barkley's "effeminate" behavior, athletes have been the focus of a lot of talk centered on LGBT inclusion and homophobia lately.

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.

Tackling Name Calling On The School Field (VIDEO)

Eliza Byard | Posted 03.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliza Byard

Megan Rapinoe represents what is possible when LGBT athletes are supported and respected, but it's heartbreaking to think of the potential excellence still being wasted by fear, and the barriers that that fear poses to the health of students who would rather skip school than go to gym.

Sexism And Homophobia In Sports: A Co-Dependency That Needs Our Attention

Hudson Taylor | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Hudson Taylor

Sexism and homophobia operate co-dependently. With no part of our culture exemplifying this pathological relationship better than sports, it becomes clear that tackling homophobia in sports requires a simultaneous, equally vigorous effort to tackle sexism in sports.

PHOTO: Blue Jays Player Displays Homophobic Message

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.19.2012 | Sports

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar is the focus of an investigation by Major League Baseball after displaying a homophobic slur on the eye-blac...

MLB Investigating Player's Hateful Message

AP | Posted 11.17.2012 | Sports

TORONTO — Major League Baseball is checking reports that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston wearing...

The AEI: Why Professional Athletics Need An Equality Index

Hudson Taylor | Posted 06.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Hudson Taylor

Professional sports need a multidimensional model for assessing, amplifying, and institutionalizing LGBT allyship in a way that celebrates progress as much as it discourages prejudice.

Wrestler Promotes LGBT Support Among Athletes

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 06.08.2011 | Impact

Hudson Taylor, an All-American wrestler and coach at Columbia University, wants to eliminate homophobia from all levels of sports. "I've been wrest...