The LGBT community becomes more prominent in the NBA as one of the referees marries her longtime partner, Tanya Stine. In 1997 she became the first woman ever to referee an NBA match.
The WNBA has become the first professional sports league to market specifically to the LGBT community.
Derrick Gordon, a guard at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has come out to ESPN as the first openly gay male NCAA Division I basketball player.
The Portland Trailblazersr took their team name to another level by aligning themselves with Oregon United For Marriage and supporting marriage equality.
After coming out to his family, friends, team mates and coaches recently, Derek Schell is the first openly gay NCAA Division II basketball player.
Two cases surfaced this week revealing proof of a shift in attitudes toward LGBT individuals in the world of sports. Rutgers Athletic Director, Julie Hermann, openly revealed she was gay in her biography on Rutgers' official website. Meanwhile, the basketball coach of Saunders High School in Yonkers, New York, came out to his players and the nation by telling his inspirational testimony of coming out.
GLAAD is calling for Rutgers University to fire basketball coach Mike Rice, after video surfaced of him using anti-gay slurs to berate players at practices, while being physically violent.