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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.
WATCH: Critique and Defense of Michael Sam on CNN, Plus a History Lesson
May 14 2014 2:41 PM ET

WATCH: CNN Critiques and Defends Michael Sam

Trudy Ring

Ken Blackwell of the Family Research Council called the new NFL player's celebratory kiss with his boyfriend 'inappropriate,' but Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen was there to counter Blackwell's homophobia.

WATCH: Michael Sam Ready to Take Down Haters on the Field
May 14 2014 12:34 PM ET

WATCH: Sam Ready to Take Down Haters on the Field

Michelle Garcia

At his first press conference after being drafted by the Rams, Michael Sam displays nothing but confidence.

Sportscaster Dale Hansen Back to Defend Michael Sam
May 13 2014 3:40 PM ET

Sportscaster Dale Hansen Back to Defend Michael Sam

Michelle Garcia

Dale Hansen, the sportscaster who defended Michael Sam against anonymous haters, is back, and he says there's no way that there were 248 draft prospects more talented than Sam.

May 13 2014 10:29 AM ET

ESPN Columnist Kate Fagan On Coming Out as a College Basketball Player

In a taut, gripping new memoir, The Reappearing Act, Fagan recounts her unusual coming-out experience—in the middle of a team full of aggressively friendly, born-again Christians.

Michael Sam Puts Spotlight on Missouri's LGBT Laws
May 12 2014 2:56 PM ET

Michael Sam Puts Spotlight on Missouri's LGBT Laws

Michelle Garcia

Michael Sam's historic recruitment may help boost efforts to gain LGBT rights in Missouri.

Michael Sam And Johnny Football's Jerseys Fly Off Shelves
May 12 2014 1:37 PM ET

Michael Sam, Johnny Football's Jerseys Fly Off Shelves 

Michelle Garcia

Within hours of Michael Sam being picked by the St. Louis Rams, his jersey is already one of the top-sellers in the league.

How The Nation Reacted to Michael Sam Joining The Rams
May 11 2014 1:19 PM ET

How The Nation Reacted to Michael Sam Joining The Rams

Sunnivie Brydum

In the wake of Michael Sam becoming the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL, fans both old and new reacted primarily with support and enthusiasm.

Michael Sam Drafted to St. Louis Rams
May 10 2014 6:56 PM ET

Finally, A First For The NFL

Sunnivie Brydum

The SEC Defensive Player of the Year becomes the first openly gay man to be drafted into any of the four major American sports.

Michael Sam Picks Up First Endorsement Deal
May 09 2014 12:27 PM ET

Michael Sam Picks Up First Endorsement Deal

Michelle Garcia

Michael Sam and Visa have paired up for the gay athlete's first corporate endorsement deal.

PHOTOS: Long Live the Gay Games!
May 09 2014 3:00 AM ET

PHOTOS: Long Live the Gay Games!

Cyd Zeigler

The closet door is opening in professional athletics. Do we still need our own sporting events?

Michael Sam And Draft Day: What You Should Know
May 08 2014 6:00 AM ET

Michael Sam And Draft Day: What You Should Know

Michelle Garcia

Michael Sam's fate could be decided this week. Where might he go?

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