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Homophobia common in Australian sport—study

In this Aug. 16, 2004 file photo, Ian Thorpe of Australia, smiles with his gold medal after winning the 200-meter freestyle at the Olympic Aquatic Centre at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.  AP FILE PHOTO

The first national study of homophobia in Australian sport released Wednesday suggests insults, jokes and discrimination based on sexuality is commonplace both on and off the field.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Reports: Ian Thorpe to reveal he is gay

Ian Thorpe

Australian media report five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk show host Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast in Australia on Sunday.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

US college basketball player announces he’s gay

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University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon has become the first openly gay player in the top U.S. men’s college basketball division.   Gordon made the announcement in interviews with ESPN and Outsports on Wednesday. He said he gained confidence by seeing an NBA team sign Jason Collins, who became the league’s first openly gay player [...]

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Basketball,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Collins’ Nets jersey sale proceeds to go to gay rights groups

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The NBA said Friday it will donate all proceeds from the sale of Brooklyn Nets jerseys that once belonged to Jason Collins to two gay rights groups.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Basketball,Latest Sports Stories,NBA,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Ex-Germany midfielder Hitzlsperger says he’s gay

Thomas Hitzlsperger. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Former international Thomas Hitzlsperger became the first German footballer to say he’s gay.

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Gay soccer player Robbie Rogers joins LA Galaxy

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Until about a month ago, Robbie Rogers had no interest in being one of the highest-profile openly gay athletes in the world.

Rogers didn’t want the pressure or attention, and he was weary of soccer itself. After coming out and simultaneously retiring in February, the former MLS champion and U.S. national team player planned to devote himself to fashion school and family, not soccer or social change.

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Congressman Kennedy on gay player: ‘I’m so proud’

Boston Celtics' Jason Collins AP FILE PHOTO

NBA basketball player Jason Collins may have shocked the sports world Monday by becoming the first active player in one of four major US professional sports to come out as gay, but he did not shock Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

Posted: April 30th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Football culture makes it so hard to be gay says Rodgers

Former MLS and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers says he is gay. In a post on his personal website, Rogers writes: "Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. ... Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay." AP FILE PHOTO/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette

Former Leeds winger Robbie Rodgers admits the macho culture of football makes it impossible for gay players to stay in the sport once they have revealed their homosexuality.

Posted: March 29th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

US footballer Robbie Rogers says he is gay

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2009, file photo, Robbie Rogers, of the United States, eyes the ball during the friendly soccer match against Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia. Former MLS and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers says he is gay. In a post on his personal website, Rogers writes: "Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. ... Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay."(AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

Robbie Rogers, a former U.S. international playing in England this season, says he is gay and “could not be happier” about his decision to go public with his disclosure.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Ian Thorpe speaks about depression, gay rumors

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Five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe says he has had to fend off rumors about his sexuality throughout his career because he doesn’t fit the typical stereotype of an Australian athlete.

Posted: October 31st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Religion, gay row won’t impact Pacquiao in ring

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao’s devotion to religion and comments against gay marriage will not have an impact as a training distraction or in the ring as the Filipino icon prepares to fight unbeaten American Tim Bradley.

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Nepal launches Asia’s first gay sports tournament

Nepal is to stage Asia’s first ever multi-sport games for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, organizers announced on Monday.

Posted: March 19th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

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