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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

A word that haunts us all

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."

Report: NBC News’ Olympic Coverage Ignores Controversy Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

NBC Sports has pledged to expose Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law during its exclusive coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Stochi. Since the law’s passage on June 10, however, NBC’s news programming has almost completely ignored the controversy surrounding the measure, raising concerns about their willingness to report on the law during the event next February.

Equality Matters
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August 9, 2013

IOC calls on Russia to explain its anti-gay law

Russia must explain how it will implement its controversial anti-gay propaganda law and detail its impact on next year's Sochi Winter Games, Olympic president Jacques Rogge said on Friday.

Reuters
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August 9, 2013
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"Relax" about anti-gay law, says Russian sports minister

Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko on Thursday told world athletics championship contenders to "relax" about his country's anti-gay propaganda law and said their private lives were safe during the Aug. 10-18 Moscow event.

Reuters
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August 8, 2013
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A Test for Gay Rights in Sochi

As Leno put it, “Suddenly, homosexuality is against the law.” He added, “I mean, why is not more of the world outraged at this?”

The New Yorker, Richard Socarides
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August 8, 2013
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