In what might be a first, ESPN this weekend showed an openly gay male pro athlete kissing his husband and they did not shy away from describing the relationship. The event was the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas, held in November, but shown on TV this Sunday.
There have been so many of these lists in the previous weeks. I've read several on this topic alone, and the great thing is that they all agree that 2012 was a truly banner year - to use a sports metaphor - for the elevation of this conversation into the public consciousness.
Officials at Virginia Commonwealth University say that an "exhaustive" investigation found former women's volleyball coach James Finley's claims was not fired for being gay, as he believes; the claims were "unfounded," they said.
Britain's Football Association is urging gay players to come out, saying they shouldn't be afraid to be open about their sexuality. FA chairman David Bernstein said the governing body's action plan to tackle homophobia in the sport means players should have the confidence to be openly gay.
James Finley says he has options. He won't reveal names out of fairness to each administration's decision-making process, but four universities, including two from major conferences, have expressed interest in him being their women's volleyball coach.
New York Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, apologized Tuesday for using an anti-gay slur on his Twitter account last week, the New York Post reported.