15th April 2013
US: Major League Soccer player apologises for using homophobic slur
3:54 PM — A Major League Soccer player in the US has apologised for using a homophobic slur against another player during a recent match, before being sent off for two separate incidents.
Joey Barton to appear before French FA committee following transphobic tweets 8
2:05 PM — Joey Barton is set to learn if he faces a ban over a string of comments – including some of a transphobic nature – he made about rival player Thiago Silva.
Manchester: Lib Dem MP tables Early Day Motion in support of tackling homophobic football chants 4
1:06 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Leech is tabling an Early Day Motion calling on joint efforts by football clubs, supporters and the police to tackle homophobic chants during matches.
14th April 2013
Gay former NBA chief: The first openly gay US athlete will be amazed at opportunities given to them 4
9:14 PM — The former executive of a National Basketball Association (NBA) team has said that the first professional sports player to come out in the US will benefit rather than suffer,potentially earning millions in endorsements for being openly gay in the field.
12th April 2013
US magazine editor: ‘There is a gay agenda and it’s working overtime to send millions to hell’ 43
5:49 PM — A US magazine editor has written a response to what she claimed were “threats” and “intimidation” from members of the “gay agenda”, since she wrote a previous piece saying that if there are gay players in the NFL, they shouldn’t come out.
US: National Hockey League announces formal partnership with anti-homophobia organisation 4
2:23 AM — The National Hockey League has become the first major professional team sport in the US to announce a formal partnership with You Can Play, an advocacy group aiming to reduce homophobia.
10th April 2013
Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation says it will deal with homophobic fans 3
7:00 PM — Crystal Palace Football Club’s official foundation has commented on accusations that a number of the club’s fans have been taking part in homophobic chanting during matches.
American Decency Association: ‘Television shoves homosexuality down our throats’ 25
5:53 PM — US evangelical organisation the American Decency Association (ADA) has published an article in response to a backlash it received in response to a piece which attacked basketball Magic Johnson for supporting his gay son, and reiterated its stance that he should not support him.
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for calling trans woman a ‘disgusting freak’ 16
1:18 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) moved to suspend one of its fighters after he referred to a transgender fighter as "a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak."
7th April 2013
American Decency Association: Magic Johnson is ‘damaging’ his gay son by supporting him 21
9:50 PM — An evangelical Christian group has attacked basketball star Magic Johnson, for speaking out earlier this week in support of his gay son who publicly came out last weekend.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo speaks to Anderson Cooper about four NFL players coming out 2
8:04 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens player and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo has expanded on his announcement earlier this week that four NFL players might soon come out as gay.
5th April 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo says four gay NFL players may soon come out, all at the same time 6
10:44 PM — American football player and equal rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo has said that he thinks several NFL players could come out "sooner than you think", and that he was in talks with four players who might all come out on the same day.
Plymouth Argyle Football Club supports anti-homophobia event 2
7:21 PM — The Communication Workers Union (CWU) equalities wing will be leafleting about the importance of tackling homophobia in sport at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park Stadium this weekend
US: University Athletic Director follows basketball coach and is fired for abuse video
5:10 PM — The Athletic Director of Rutgers University has been sacked following the dismissal earlier this week of a basketball coach who was caught on camera subjecting students to homophobic and physical abuse.
US: NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo honoured with equality award 1
4:30 PM — NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe were honoured on Thursday with an award from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), for their work advocating for the LGBT community.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo denies being cut by his team for supporting equal marriage 1
1:44 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, said he does not think he was cut by the team for his open support for equal marriage.
4th April 2013
Magic Johnson: I have always supported my gay son ‘a million percent’ 3
5:59 PM — Former US basketball player Magic Johnson has again spoken out in support of his son EJ who publicly came out this week by hitting the town in Hollywood hand-in-hand with his boyfriend.
US: Basketball coach sacked for abusive video to receive $100,000 bonus 5
5:18 PM — Former Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice, who was sacked this week for subjecting students to physical and homophobic abuse, is set to receive a $100,000 (£66,000) bonus.
US: Alumni call for university president to quit for failing to sack abusive coach
4:21 PM — Members of the alumni at Rutgers University in New Jersey have called for the resignation of university President Robert Barchi, who presided during the scandal around abusive basketball coach Mike Rice who subjected students to physical and homophobic abuse.
Fired US basketball coach: There was ‘no excuse’ for my physical violence and anti-gay abuse 20
1:20 PM — A New Jersey basketball coach has delivered a highly emotional apology after he was sacked for subjecting his players to physical and homophobic abuse.