Openly Gay WWE Wrestler Blasts Company For Abu Dhabi Shows

Today marks the first of three WWE house shows in Abu Dhabi, and Darren Young is very notably not among the wrestlers making the trip. Young (real name Fred Rosser) came out as gay in 2013, and the United Arab Emirates doesn't have the best human-rights record. WWE says it left Young behind for his own safety, but… » 2/11/15 1:27pm 2/11/15 1:27pm

Jason Collins Becomes First Openly Gay NBA Player To Retire

It's a milestone! Sure, there have been plenty of closeted gay players who have retired, but until Jason Collins's announcement this morning, there had never been an openly gay player who retired after it became clear that no one wanted to sign him. » 11/19/14 1:21pm 11/19/14 1:21pm

Sam Agonistes: A Gay NFLer Negotiates A Straight Man's World

Violet Palmer, First Female NBA Ref, Is Coming Out And Getting Married

Do you realize that Violet Palmer has been an NBA referee for 17 years? That's still not as long as her relationship with her partner of two decades, hairstylist Tanya Stine. The two are getting married tomorrow, so Palmer's using the occasion to publicly announce what her friends and co-workers have known for years:… » 7/31/14 6:03pm 7/31/14 6:03pm

Tony Dungy Is Sorry You Made Such A Big Deal Over What He Said

Tony Dungy has released a statement on his comments that he wouldn't draft Michael Sam. And wouldn't you know it, we're all really to blame. » 7/22/14 1:54pm 7/22/14 1:54pm

Tony Dungy Says He Wouldn't Want To "Deal With" Taking Michael Sam

It's not a shock that former coach and continued insufferable shit Tony Dungy says he wouldn't want anything to do with an openly gay player on his team. It's just surprising it took someone this long to ask him. » 7/21/14 1:02pm 7/21/14 1:02pm

MLB Finally Acknowledges Glenn Burke, The Game's Gay Pioneer

At tonight's all-star game, MLB will recognize the career and contributions of Glenn Burke, a speedy outfielder who became the first baseball player to be out to his teammates, and the first to acknowledge it publicly after his career ended. » 7/15/14 3:17pm 7/15/14 3:17pm

Every FCC Viewer Complaint About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend

In May, Michael Sam became the first openly gay man to be drafted into the NFL. Seconds later, he became the first openly gay man to kiss his boyfriend after being drafted into the NFL. A handful of Americans complained about the latter; you get the sense they were just as upset about the former. » 6/18/14 5:42pm 6/18/14 5:42pm

A Gay Basketball Player Goes To Bible Study

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a nationwide organization that often uses college athletic facilities to host weekly meetings. On the nationally ranked 2003 Colorado Buffaloes women's basketball team, FCA exerted a strong influence, and nearly half of the players attended meetings and Bible studies. That… » 5/29/14 4:47pm 5/29/14 4:47pm

How One Gay Athlete's Coming Out Led To An Activists' War

Derrick Gordon wanted to come out on his terms, and that meant controlling the timing. The UMass guard had told his parents, then his coach, then his teammates. Seven days later, he would tell the world, but for the moment he had one request. "Derrick had a long conversation with his teammates about keeping it… » 5/20/14 3:18pm 5/20/14 3:18pm

Girlfriends, Boyfriends Not Welcome At L.A. Galaxy's Guys' Night Out

It's almost time for the L.A. Galaxy's players-only night out. And the guest list manages to be inclusive in its exclusiveness. » 2/28/14 1:13pm 2/28/14 1:13pm

The Double Life Of A Closeted Gay Athlete, Decades Before Jason Collins

Jason Collins on Sunday became the first openly gay athlete to play in a major U.S. sport. In the 1970s, coming out was never an option for Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke. » 2/24/14 11:45am 2/24/14 11:45am

Jason Collins Played Basketball And It Was No Big Deal

The most striking thing about Jason Collins's entrance, making him the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major sports, was the subdued applause. Not the cheering part; it's 2014 and fans have been ready for this for a long time. But the number of fans who sat on their hands during the brief break in… » 2/24/14 9:31am 2/24/14 9:31am

Here's Jason Collins Checking Into An NBA Game, And History

As expected, Jason Collins appeared tonight in Los Angeles for the Nets and thus became the first openly gay player to appear in the NBA, and in any of America's four biggest professional sports. » 2/23/14 9:47pm 2/23/14 9:47pm

How Sports Illustrated Botched The Michael Sam Story

Journalism isn't hard. You watch something and describe it. You read something and paraphrase it. You have a conversation with someone and transcribe it. » 2/12/14 4:45pm 2/12/14 4:45pm

American Lugers Not Happy With Gay Rights Group's Viral Luge Video

Above is a spot by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion, taking advantage of the close man-on-man contact in doubles luge to make a statement about Russia's record on gay rights. The Internet loves it! Actual Olympic lugers, not so much. » 2/11/14 9:50am 2/11/14 9:50am

NFL Executives Say The League Isn't Ready For Michael Sam

There are layers to former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's coming-out. The first is that it happened, and the sun came up with no more than the expected amounts of bigotry. The second is how it happened, and OutSports has a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the lengthy and complex preparations for what was… » 2/10/14 8:44am 2/10/14 8:44am

Recently Retired German Soccer Player Announces His Homosexuality

Thomas Hitzlsperger, in an interview in German paper Die Zeit, has announced today that he is gay. This makes the former Stuttgart captain, who also played in England just last season, the highest-profile soccer player to come out as gay. » 1/08/14 12:02pm 1/08/14 12:02pm