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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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February 27, 2013

Rapper Macklemore first non-athlete to make You Can Play video

Rapper Macklemore has become the first non-athlete to participate in the You Can Play project to promote LGBT inclusion in sports, releasing a video today.
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The Ohio State University Athletic Director talks You Can Play video with Outsports

The Ohio State University athletic program hosts Pride Night for Ohio gay community and produces a video for the You Can Play Project. OSU's Initiatives reflect growing LGBT tolerance at the collegiate level.
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February 11, 2013

Kobe Bryant scolds fan for using "gay" as an insult

NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant told a fan on twitter that he shouldn't try to insult someone by calling them 'gay' - a language lesson he learned after calling a referee an anti-gay slur in 2011.

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You Can Play Project Announces New Advisory Board Members

The You Can Play Project announces the addition of former NFL players Wade Davis, Esera Tuaolo, and ESPN.com writer and Baseball Prospectus Co-founder Christina Kahrl. The additions hope to serve the organizations goal of ending homophobia in sports by challenging the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing on an athlete's skills, work ethic, and competitive spirit.

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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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January 30, 2013

GLAAD, Athlete Ally and You Can Play Respond to Anti-Gay Remarks from San Francisco 49er player Chris Culliver

Athlete Ally, You Can Play, and GLAAD, three organizations working for LGBT inclusion in sports, today released a joint statement in response to comments made by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver.
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December 25, 2012

Ten Memorable LGBT Sports Moments of 2012

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.
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October 18, 2012

NBA, WNBA, MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, NASCAR Diversity to all support #SpiritDay

In an unprecedented show of support, the six most prominent American major sports leagues will all ‘go purple’ with GLAAD for Spirit Day on Friday, October 19, in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
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