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Stories that show how athletes, teams, leagues, and journalists who cover the world of sports are dealing with LGBT-related issues
Darren Young, WWE Superstar, spoke out about being gay yesterday to TMZ while waiting for his luggage at LAX. This morning Young appeared on the Today show with Matt Lauer where we spoke about the positive reaction he has received, including advice from Jason Collins, who made history earlier this year as the first out gay active male pro athlete in one of America's major leagues.
Congratulations to openly gay Puerto Rican featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz, who became engaged this week to his longtime partner José Manuel!
While waiting for his luggage at LAX some cameramen from TMZ asked him if he thought a gay wrestler could be successful. His response? "Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE Superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now I’m gay and I’m happy. Very happy."
In 1962 boxer Emile Griffith was in the ring against Benny Paret, when he seemed to explode with anger and pummeled his opponent with such force that, after getting knocked out, Paret died of his injuries. It was eventually revealed that before that some time before the fight Paret had called Griffith a "maricón."
Celebrities including George Takei, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga and Stephen Fry have spoken out against anti-LGBT laws like those in place in Russia as the Sochi Winter Olympics grow closer.
President Obama shared with Jay Leno his frustration with anti-LGBT laws like those enacted in Russia just before the Sochi Winter Olympics. When asked about Russia's anti-gay law, the president responded, "I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them."
Staff and members of All Out will deliver a petition with more than 300,000 signatures to the International Olympic Committee. All Out will also provide a letter from British actor Stephen Fry and thousands of signatures from Athlete Ally supporters, including Four Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Athlete Ally Ambassador Greg Louganis and other former Olympians to the International Olympic Committee headquarters.
The members of the LGBT Sports Coalition stand united against the new onslaught of anti-gay laws adopted by Russia. With the world’s attention focusing more every day on the Olympic Games in Sochi this February, it is incumbent on the International Olympic Committee, the Russian government and the governments of all Olympic nations to guarantee the safety of every Olympic attendee before, during and long after these Winter Games.