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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 Shameful Olympic Silence

The time has come for American corporations doing business in Russia, including top Olympic sponsors Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, General Electric, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble and Visa, to show the world that the non-discrimination policies in their employee handbooks have no borders.

US News & World Report
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September 6, 2013
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Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis ‘so proud to be gay’

While gay athletes are often guarded when it comes to disclosing their status to the wider world, Ms. Bucsis is now speaking out, about her own sexual orientation and against the anti-gay rights law of Russia, host nation of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

The Globe and Mail
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September 5, 2013
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Putin Offers "Assurances" on Gay Rights at Olympics

President Vladimir Putin sought to ease concerns that Russia's new anti-gay law would be used to punish athletes who display rainbow flags during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while insisting that gays are not discriminated against in his country.

ABC News
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September 4, 2013
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PHOTOS: Join GLAAD for the Global Speak Out for Russia around the world

People around the world are gathering together to speak out for love and hope for LGBT people in Russia, and push our world leaders to call on President Putin to repeal the anti-gay law. Join GLAAD and All Out for the Global Speak Out for Russia action is underway across the globe.

Lesbian swimmer Diana Nyad completes historic swim from Cuba to Florida

At the age of 64, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad made history today by becoming the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
 
The lesbian athlete completed the treacherous journey on her fifth attempt. She officially spent 52 hours, 54 minutes, and 18.6 seconds swimming, according to her Twitter account.
Gay Star News
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September 3, 2013

US anti-gay activist warns President Vladimir Putin 'gay propaganda' laws are not enough

'I want to caution you not to assume that you have fully solved the problem by the enactment of this law,' Lively wrote, according to the site BuzzFeed. 'Few political agendas in the history of mankind have marshaled the tenacity and resolve of the homosexualist movement.'
 
'Its activists are driven by an implacable militancy and a zeal to advance their own self-serving interests that rivals even the most fanatical religious cult,' he added.
 
Gay Star News
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September 2, 2013

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