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Putin's PR Contradicts Reality
January 19 2014 5:19 PM ET

Putin's PR Contradicts Reality

Lucas Grindley

Russia's president claims no one is discriminated against and no one is hurt by antigay laws — meanwhile, arrests continue.

NBC's Maria Sharapova Isn't Going to Talk About LGBT People
January 18 2014 12:46 PM ET

Don't Ask NBC's Maria Sharapova to Talk About Gay Russia

Lucas Grindley

As part of NBC's Olympics coverage, the tennis star is assigned to share stories about how beautiful it is to live in Russia, where she's from.

Putin to Gays: Leave Kids Alone and You'll Be Safe
January 17 2014 11:46 AM ET

Putin to Gays: Leave Kids Alone and You'll Be Safe

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president contends LGBT people will be welcome in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, as long as they don't try to speak to children.

Kluwe Won't Shy Away From Suing Vikings If Necessary
January 16 2014 3:28 PM ET

WATCH: Chris Kluwe Will Sue Vikings If Necessary

Michelle Garcia

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says that if the internal investigation clears the management of any homophobia or an antigay locker room environment, he'll sue.

January 15 2014 9:38 PM ET

IOC Member To US: Don’t Send Lesbians To Russia

A senior member of the of the International Olympic Committee has criticized the United States for “send[ing] four lesbians to Russia.”

U.K. Semipro Footballer Liam Davis Comes Out
January 14 2014 4:46 PM ET

U.K. Semipro Footballer Liam Davis Comes Out

Sunnivie Brydum

The Gainsborough Trinity midfielder came out as gay in an interview published Saturday in the Lincolnshire Echo.

Brazilian Diver Ian Matos Comes Out as Gay
January 13 2014 12:08 PM ET

Brazilian Diver Ian Matos Comes Out as Gay

Jase Peeples

The champion diver says he was inspired to be open about his sexuality after British Olympic medalist Tom Daley revealed he’s dating a man.

WATCH: Gay Athletes Featured in New CNN Documentary
January 09 2014 2:45 PM ET

WATCH: Meet the Out Athletes Changing The Game

Michael Regula

Blake Skjellerup, Robbie Rogers, and Brittney Griner share their personal stories in Journey of the Gay Athlete, airing Saturday on CNN International.

Retired German Pro Soccer Player Thomas Hitzlsperger Announces He's Gay
January 08 2014 3:00 PM ET

Retired German Pro Soccer Player Thomas Hitzlsperger Announces He's Gay

Michael Regula

The German international player came out in a magazine interview published Wednesday.

Costas Wants Putin to Talk About Anti-LGBT Law During NBC's Olympic Coverage
January 08 2014 2:11 PM ET

Costas Wants Putin To Talk About Anti-LGBT Law

Michelle Garcia

One way or another, NBC will not shy away from reporting on Russia's anti-LGBT laws.

January 08 2014 12:31 PM ET

First German Soccer Player Comes Out

Former German national player Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out

WATCH: Kluwe Says NFL Has a Double Standard
January 07 2014 2:09 PM ET

WATCH: Kluwe Says NFL Has a Double Standard

Michelle Garcia

Punter Chris Kluwe asks why team owners allow athletes charged with crimes to play while blacklisting those, like him, who speak out in support of marriage equality.

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