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The Advocate brings readers the latest news from the world of gay sports. Follow the most recent developments about the people, policies, and players who are shaping national and international dialogue about athletes and the LGBT community. Read about Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, Darren Young, Johnny Weir, Fallon Fox, and more luminaries of the gay sports arena who are trailblazers in basketball, football, soccer, baseball, hockey, tennis, swimming, track, and golf. Find out about upcoming and past Olympic Games, and how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes are helping to advance the marathon of equality on an international scale.
Michael Sam Gets 'Kinky' With Billy Porter
November 04 2014 1:07 PM ET

Michael Sam Gets Kinky With Billy Porter

Brandon Voss

The first openly gay NFL draftee took his boyfriend to see Broadway's Kinky Boots.

Op-ed: Fighting for My Right to Fight - And Love
November 03 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Fighting for My Right to Fight — And Love

Josh Odom

A soldier turned MMA fighter shares the story of how he got married and then fell in love.

Pro Strongman Rob Kearney Comes Out as Gay
November 02 2014 2:47 PM ET November 04 2014 1:34 PM ET

Pro Strongman Comes Out as Gay

Sunnivie Brydum

Professional Strongman competitions just got a bit more fierce.

An Ironman Athlete Tells His Coming Out Story
November 02 2014 6:00 AM ET

An Ironman Athlete Tells His Coming-Out Story

Annie Hollenbeck

Thomas James tells how he used race training to build the courage to live open and honest.

Jason Collins Takes on New York City Marathon
November 01 2014 7:30 AM ET

Jason Collins Takes on New York City Marathon

Annie Hollenbeck

Collins will join other major figures in professional basketball to encourage kids to exercise.

Jason Collins on Continuing the Dialogue of Inclusion
October 28 2014 10:55 AM ET

Jason Collins on Continuing the Dialogue of Inclusion

Annie Hollenbeck

As the NBA season starts back up, Jason Collins says it's time to instill confidence in the next generation of LGBT leaders.

Op-ed: Every Athlete Deserves a Shot at Realizing the Olympic Dream
October 28 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Every Athlete Deserves a Shot at Realizing the Olympic Dream

Carrie Sheinberg

When it comes to the International Olympic Committee's handling of LGBT athletes, it's business as usual — which may be the problem in the first place.

Op-ed: Why the Michael Sam Saga Matters
October 27 2014 3:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Why the Michael Sam Saga Matters

Annie Hollenbeck

Michael Sam could have been the first openly gay man on an NFL football roster. He’s not, and that sucks.

WATCH: A Young Seahawks Fan Finds Acceptance Through Family and Football
October 24 2014 7:00 AM ET

WATCH: A Young Seahawks Fan Finds His Family's Acceptance

Annie Hollenbeck

In a video posted to I'm From Driftwood, a young man reports the supportive response he received when he came out to his mother — she just wanted him to wait until a commercial break in the football game.

Cowboys Release Michael Sam
October 21 2014 3:18 PM ET

Michael Sam Released from Cowboys, Vows to Fight

Trudy Ring

The Cowboys gave the first out gay man drafted in the NFL his walking papers today.

Michael Sam, Cowboys Welcome Lull in Media Attention
October 21 2014 7:21 AM ET

Michael Sam, Cowboys Welcome Lull in Attention

Annie Hollenbeck

The Cowboys practice squad member has stayed out of the media spotlight since the regular season began.

WATCH: L.A. Public Schools Stand Against Bullying in Sports
October 21 2014 7:05 AM ET

WATCH: L.A. Public Schools Stand Against Bullying in Sports

Annie Hollenbeck

The school district this year, through its Out for Safe Schools initiative, is setting out to make athletics a welcoming environment for LGBT students.

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