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October 12 2012 3:30 PM ET

Gay Rugby Championship Will Head to Sydney

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The Out Year in Sports So Far Is Truly Inspiring
October 04 2012 2:57 PM ET

The Out Year in Sports So Far Is Truly Inspiring

Lucas Grindley

A closeted soccer player in Germany made headlines when he wrote an anonymous column about why he's afraid to come out publicly. But others this year have boldly stood up, with the latest a boxing star.

Pro-Gay Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo on Life With Other Players
October 04 2012 12:31 PM ET

Ravens' Brendon Ayanbadejo Wants You to Be Happy

Michelle Garcia

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has always been about equality. But now he's got more NFL players agreeing with him than ever before.

Another Athlete for LGBT Equality
October 03 2012 4:17 PM ET

Another Athlete for LGBT Equality

Trudy Ring

Retired NFL player Matt Willig is now working to defeat homophobia.

Ravens Center Matt Birk Opposes Marriage Equality
October 01 2012 1:23 PM ET

Ravens Center Matt Birk Opposes Marriage Equality

Michelle Garcia

Another member of the Baltimore Ravens is voicing his opinion on marriage equality, this time against it.

University of Virginia Students Fight For More Tolerant Song
September 29 2012 12:19 PM ET

U of Va. Students Fight For More Tolerant Song

Michelle Garcia

Students from the University of Virginia are calling for an end to the student-led tradition of inserting the word "not" before the word "gay" in its traditional fight song. 

Blue Jays Fans Boo Escobar on Return After Antigay Incident
September 28 2012 12:53 PM ET

Blue Jays' Escobar Returns to Boos After Antigay Incident

Trudy Ring

Yunel Escobar received some negative feedback from fans in his first home game after being suspended for sporting an antigay slur on his face.

Dallas Cowboys Lose Out on Website URL and See It Become Gay Dating Site
September 24 2012 12:14 PM ET

To Dallas Cowboys' Chagrin, Is a Gay Dating Site

Neal Broverman

To Dallas Cowboys' Chagrin, Is a Gay Dating Site

Former MLB Owner Comes Out and Hopes a Player to Do The Same
September 23 2012 10:21 AM ET

Former MLB Owner Comes Out, Hopes Players Do The Same

Lucas Grindley

The former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kevin McClatchy, is still amazed that not a single pro athlete has come out while playing.

New Campaign Calls on Five Pro Sports Commissioners to Support a Gay Player
September 22 2012 10:09 AM ET

Will They Say It? 5 Commissioners Asked to Support Gay Player

Lucas Grindley

Blue Jays' Yunel Escobar Played With Gay Slur Written on Face
September 18 2012 11:28 AM ET September 18 2012 2:53 PM ET

Blue Jays' Shortstop Suspended for Writing Gay Slur on Face

Michelle Garcia

Toronto Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar was caught with homophobia written all across his face.

Chancellor of Germany Urges Gay Soccer Players to Come Out But an Anonymous Player Fears for His Safety
September 13 2012 1:00 PM ET

Anonymous Soccer Player Fears for Safety If Outed

Lucas Grindley

But even the chancellor of Germany is urging players to come out of the closet.