Stories that show how athletes, teams, leagues, and journalists who cover the world of sports are dealing with LGBT-related issues

A Star Athlete Makes a Big Move Off the Field

WHEN the noted British athlete Ben Cohen — the David Beckham of rugby — walked down the runway this month for an AmFAR benefit at the New York Public Library, odds were that many in this audience thought he was just another handsome, muscular model. With his easy smile, buzz cut and 6-foot-3 frame, Mr. Cohen fit the mold and the clothes.
The New York Times
June 25, 2012

Transgender Athlete Looks to Qualify in Hammer

Keelin Godsey is one of 24 athletes scheduled to participate Thursday in the women’s hammer throw at the United States Olympic trials, but for Godsey, 28, of North Adams, Mass., there is much more than a spot in London at stake.
London 2012 (The New York Times)
June 21, 2012

Fans Ask Baseball Hall of Fame to Honor First Gay Player

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.

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Retired NFL Player Wade Davis Comes Out to the Public

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.

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LGBT en Español: Capta la Atención Cambio de Norma en Miss Universo, Gana Pocos Puntos Un Beso Gay Entre Jugadores de Fútbol, y ¡mas!

En esta edición de LGBT en Español: abordamos la cobertura de medios de habla español sobre el cambio de norma en Miss Universo que permite a las mujeres transgénero competir, cómo reaccionaron los medios mexicanos ante un beso entre dos jugadores de futbol, ¡y mas!

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Falcons' Roddy White Apologizes For Anti-Gay Tweets

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White apologized Thursday night for making anti-gay comments on Twitter earlier in the day. @roddywhiteTV said: “OK people I apologize for saying the word gay I know it’s a sensitive subject and a athlete of my stature should not use it.” So, how did it all begin? A fan asked White if he would rather lead the league in statistics than win a Super Bowl, and White tweeted: “Would u rather be gay or straight come on u know that answer?”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 13, 2012


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