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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.

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

Michael Sam Puts Spotlight on Missouri's LGBT Laws

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

Michael Sam, Johnny Football's Jerseys Fly Off Shelves 

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

How The Nation Reacted to Michael Sam Joining The Rams

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

Finally, A First For The NFL

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

Michael Sam Picks Up First Endorsement Deal

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

PHOTOS: Long Live the Gay Games!

PHOTOS: Long Live the Gay Games!

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

Michael Sam And Draft Day: What You Should Know

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

A Sport Still Resilient in Its Homophobia

A Sport Still Resilient in Its Homophobia

The world’s most popular sport, as a resilient repository for homophobia.

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