Frankie Knuckles, Disco's Revenge, and Gay Black Music's Triumph

If you didn't understand how much Frankie Knuckles meant to people before last night, when news of the 59-year-old DJ and producer's death started spreading on social media, by now you probably do. If you need a lesson in what he meant to the world, watch the clip from the 2001 U.K. documentary about house music, Pump… » 4/01/14 5:27pm 4/01/14 5:27pm

Inside Russia's Anti-Gay Vigilante Army, Occupy Pedophilia

Last night, the U.K.'s Channel 4 aired Hunted, a wide-ranging documentary about homophobia in Russia. Its biggest coup was achieving access to the inner workings of Occupy Pedophilia, the largest vigilante group responsible for the hunting down of, physical abuse against, and public humiliation of gay people… » 2/06/14 10:44am 2/06/14 10:44am

Former Pro Football Player Reflects on Brokeback Romance with Teammate

This account of an affair between two men who played together on the Washington Redskins in the late '60s/early '70s is heartbreaking. It comes from the NFL Network's episode of A Football Life profiling player Jerry Smith, who remained publicly closeted for his entire life (Smith died of AIDS in 1986). » 1/22/14 4:58pm 1/22/14 4:58pm

Caps Tell NPR Not To Ask Ovechkin About Anti-Gay Laws; NPR Asks Anyway

Through this offseason of shoving a mic in the face of every potential Russian Olympic athlete to get a quote on Russia's anti-gay legislation, Alexander Ovechkin has proved elusive. No more. NPR tracked down Ovechkin, recently returned from carrying the Olympic torch, and posed the burning question. » 10/01/13 1:26pm 10/01/13 1:26pm

Russia: Tourists, Athletes Subject To Anti-Gay Laws At Winter Olympics

Russia has a problem: Gay people exist. They're ghastly and gross and bad, and they could destroy the traditional family and rip apart the very fabric of the nation. Even the idea of homosexuality represents a danger to the country, which is why this summer, Vladimir Putin signed wide-sweeping anti-gay and anti-gay… » 8/01/13 11:40am 8/01/13 11:40am

NFL's Kerry Rhodes Isn't Gay, He Just Carries Around Dudes While…

Yesterday, the incoherent jumble of insinuations, flat-out lies and chiiiiiiiiiiiiiillllleeeees that is MediaTakeOut posted a MTO SUPER DUPER WORLD EXCLUSIVE featuring pictures of NFL free agent Kerry Rhodes "ON VACATION ... With One Of His 'MALE FRIENDS!!'" In its homophobic way that villainizes but stops short of… » 4/11/13 5:34pm 4/11/13 5:34pm

Everyone In Basketball Is Gay All Of A Sudden

The Outsports folks better ready their banner font: On the heels of Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts coming out in Sunday's New York Times, former Villanova basketball player Will Sheridan has come out to ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil. (The same ESPN.com, it's worth noting, that employs "bible-believing Christian"… » 5/16/11 2:55pm 5/16/11 2:55pm

Why Hockey Has Gone Totally Gay For The Latest Homophobia Debate

Hockey, for a sport that's nominally proactive in areas ranging from replay to concussions, has never been especially progressive. No one expects the openly gay pro athlete, the inevitable big story for the next decade, to come from the NHL. While other leagues have John Amaechi and Billy Bean and Esera Tuaolo, the… » 5/10/11 6:00pm 5/10/11 6:00pm