Pitcher Tyler Dunnington was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014, and after pitching well in 19 games in the low minors, walked away from the game. He recently emailed Cyd Zeigler of Outsports to explain that he did so because the homophobia he encountered in clubhouses was too much for him as a gay man. The…
Well this is cool. David Denson came out as gay yesterday and became the first active player in Major League Baseball to do so. The 20-year-old Denson is a power-hitting first baseman currently with the Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League. MLB.com ranks him as the Brewers’ 27th best prospect.
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…
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.
Originally published in slightly different form in the August issue of Out Magazine. Reprinted here with permission.
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:…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.