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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
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.
Following this weekend's historic LGBT Sports Summit at Nike Headquarters in Oregon, GLAAD is proud to announce that we are teaming up Athlete Ally and its founder Hudson Taylor to offer LGBT Ally trainings to all 141 major league sports teams.
Former pro football player Wade Davis publicly announced yesterday that he is gay. The 34-year-old cornerback who played with Tennessee Titans, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Redskins spoke with Outsports and SB Nation about being a gay athlete and his current work with disenfranchised lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, and non-conforming youth.
A dozen professional football players were asked this week about their thoughts on gay athletes and expressed unanimous support to Outsports.com--a story that has been picked up by mainstream media outlets. The reports show that the NFL is not only tolerant of gay athletes, but in fact could be an environment that fosters understanding and acceptance.
In this edition of LGBT en Español, see how Spanish-language media outlets covered the rule change in Miss Universe that allows transgender women to compete, and how Mexican media reacted to a kiss between two soccer players, and more!