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NFL Linebacker and Vocal Ally Scott Fujita Retires

Former professional football linebacker and outspoken gay rights advocate Scott Fujita has retired from the NFL after 11 seasons in the league.

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Former Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo Claims up to 4 NFL Players May Come Out at the Same Time

Brendon Ayanbadejo is currently discussing the possibility for multiple NFL athletes to come out at the same time in an effort to distribute the pressure among the players.
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Snapshots of our Work

Wonder what we’re up to at GLAAD? Be sure to check out GLAAD Blog each week for updates about our latest work to build support for LGBT equality through news, entertainment and online media.
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Ex-NFL player Kwame Harris comes out as gay in CNN interview

Former professional football player Kwame Harris acknowledges that he is gay on CNN Newsroom. His interview reflects the hardships faced by an NFL player who identifies as gay and begs the question of what will need to happen for an active NFL player to feel comfortable coming out. In the interview with Coy Wire, Harris discussed whether he thought about coming out in the NFL, the implications that would have entailed, and what it was like to be a closeted professional athlete.

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March 14, 2013

GLAAD, You Can Play, NY Atty Gen. Schneiderman calling on NFL to address LGBT issues immediately

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a statement demanding that the NFL investigate whether teams asked prospects about their sexual orientation during the league's pre-draft scouting combine.

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Acceptance of an Openly Gay Athlete Becomes More Mainstream on Sports Television

A recent episode of Outside the Lines showcases the fact that acceptance for openly LGBT athletes is becoming mainstream.

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February 27, 2013

Manti Te'o story leads to big question: Ex-Bears QB says gay NFL player would not be accepted.

In response to stories that NFL teams are wondering whether Notre Dame star football player and Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o is gay, former Bears Quarterback Jim Miller said that religion would prevent a gay player from being accepted in an NFL locker room.

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GLAAD Q&A: Wade Davis Discusses Being Black and Gay In Professional Sports

As part of our ongoing effort to honor LGBT African-Americans making history, GLAAD sat down with Wade Davis, the former professional football player, to discusses what it was like to play professional football still in the closet. He also discusses what he is doing currently to help combat homophobia in sports and what he wishes his legacy will be as one of the first professional football players to have come out.

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NFL players express growing acceptance for openly gay teammates

While some of the pre-Super Bowl comments made by a handful of players didn't do much to portray the NFL as welcoming of gay athletes, recent testimonials by current and former professional football players have proven that many people within the NFL are beginning to embrace the idea of an openly gay teammate in their locker room.
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February 1, 2013

GLAAD reaching out to "It Gets Better," NFL, 49ers after video denial

GLAAD has reached out to the It Gets Better project, the National Football League and the San Francisco 49ers after two 49ers players denied having knowing participated in an "It Gets Better" video produced by the team.
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