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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
31 year-old featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz, who represented Puerto Rico at the 2000 Olympic Games and is currently ranked 4th in the world, has come out as gay.
Today, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that shortstop Yunel Escobar will work with GLAAD and the You Can Play project, after he was seen with an anti-gay slur written in Spanish on his eye-black over the weekend.
GLAAD has spoken with both Major League Baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays organization this morning, regarding anti-gay language that was written on shortstop Yunel Escobar's eye-black this weekend.
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Last weekend, the NBA became the first league to take GLAAD and Athlete Ally up on our offer to provide ally trainings to professional athletes - the latest in a series of big steps being taken to potentially pave the way for an openly gay male athlete in the world of major league team sports.
New Jersey Devils player Cam Janssen today apologized for an anti-gay answer he gave this week, and expressed his personal support for the message of the 'You Can Play' campaign as well as the LGBT community in general.
An online petition is asking the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to honor Glenn Burke, the first openly gay Major League Baseball player, despite a previous refusal to do so. Around 22,000 signatures on the petition, as well as the (at least) eleven teams that have made It Gets Better videos, and the three MLB players and their families who posed for the NOH8 campaign in the spring, indicate that baseball fans and players support LGBT inclusivity within the sport.
The National Basketball Association on Tuesday announced it has fined New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire $50,000 for directing a gay slur at a fan via Twitter this weekend. GLAAD, along with our partners from Athlete Ally, will meet with executives at the NBA and WNBA in the near future to discuss the possibility of providing Ally Training to all players in both leagues.