Gay Athletes

Gay Athletes

NBA Referee Bill Kennedy Reveals He is Gay After Homophobic Slurs

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Kennedy is the second referee to come out in the past two years. Referee Violet Palmer announced she was gay in the summer of 2014. ...
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Swimmer Lauren Neidigh Asks LGBT Athletes to Come Out

College Swimmer Lauren Neidigh. Photo: Swimming World Magazine
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After being encouraged to come out by other LGBT athletes telling their stories, college swimmer Lauren Neidigh is calling for others to take the plunge. ...
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Michael Sam to Oprah: ‘I’m Not the Only Gay Man in the NFL’

Michael Sam appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network to discuss being gay in the NFL.
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During his 90-minute documentary that premiered on OWN Saturday, former NFL player Michael Sam said he is not the only gay man in the NFL. ...
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Martina Navratilova: ‘It’s About Time’ I Got Married!

Nine-time Wimbledon winner Navratilova married her longtime girlfriend, model Julia Lemigova, at New York’s Peninsula Hotel.
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Nine-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova married her longtime girlfriend, model Julia Lemigova, at New York’s Peninsula Hotel on December 15. ...
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Michael Sam 90-Minute Documentary to Air on OWN

After being let go by the Dallas Cowboys in October, free agent Michael Sam will be the star of a 90-minute documentary with Oprah Winfrey.
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After being let go by the Dallas Cowboys in October, free agent Michael Sam will be the star of a 90-minute documentary with Oprah Winfrey. ...
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MLB Umpire Dale Scott Marries Partner of 27 Years, Comes Out

Dale Scott and his husband Mike Rausch/Referee Magazine
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While there has yet to be an out Major League Baseball player, MLB umpire Dale Scott has come out of the closet and publicly announced he is gay. ...
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Olympics: Committee Adds Sexual Orientation to Principle 6

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The International Olympic Committee approved Proposal 14 to include non-discrimination regarding sexual orientation in Principle 6 in the 2020 Olympics. ...
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Jason Collins, Dr. Neal Baer Join Point Foundation

Dr. Neal Baer and Jason Collins
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Point Foundation announced Wednesday that Dr. Neal Baer and Jason Collins will join the Foundation's Honorary Board. ...
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Derrick Gordon: First Openly Gay Athlete to Play Division I Ball

University of Massachusetts basketball guard Derrick Gordon, 22, faces reporters on the school's campus, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Amherst, Mass. Gordon has become the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball.
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At 7:05 p.m. on November 14, Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay athlete to play a game in Division 1 men’s basketball. ...
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Jason Collins Announces Retirement from NBA

Jason Collins Sports Illustrated
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Jason Collins, who wore No. 98 as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, said his most poignant moment was when he met his family. ...
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