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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.
First Active College Football Player to Come Out: Willamette's Conner Mertens
January 28 2014 3:53 PM ET

First Active College Football Player Comes Out

Jerry Portwood

By announcing that he's bisexual, Willamette University's kicker, Conner Mertens, becomes the college football player to come out while still active in the sport. 

January 28 2014 12:07 PM ET

First Active College Football Player Comes Out

Conner Mertens, Willamette University's kicker, tells his story

Blake Skjellerup Misses Olympic Qualification
January 27 2014 5:33 PM ET

Blake Skjellerup Misses Olympic Qualification

Michelle Garcia

Gay New Zealand Olympic hopeful Blake Skjellerup announces that he will not be heading to Sochi next week.

The Long History of Olympic Boycotts, Protests and Demonstrations
January 27 2014 9:00 AM ET

The Long History of Olympic Protests

Michelle Garcia

Geopolitics have always been associated with the Olympics, and this year will be no exception.

Maddow: Gay Athletes in Sochi Are Brave
January 24 2014 1:59 PM ET

Maddow: Gay Athletes in Sochi Are Brave

Michelle Garcia

Rachel Maddow says LGBT athletes being out at the games will be like a "one-finger salute" to Vladimir Putin."

WATCH: WWE Star John Cena Supports Gay Wrestlers
January 21 2014 6:03 PM ET

WATCH: WWE Star John Cena Supports Gay Wrestlers

Jase Peeples

John Cena expressed support for fellow WWE star Darren Young's decision to publicly come out as gay on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live.

PHOTOS: Soccer Fans Take a Stand for LGBT Nigerians
January 20 2014 12:55 PM ET

PHOTOS: Soccer Fans Take a Stand for LGBT Nigerians

Sunnivie Brydum

Several soccer fans waved pro-LGBT banners and rainbow flags at a match between the Nigerian and South African national teams on Sunday.

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.”

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