10th January 2014
Professional Footballers’ Association predicts more gay players will be inspired to come out 4
11:56 AM — The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) predicts other gay footballers will come out following Thomas Hitzlsperger’s announcement this week.
9th January 2014
Billie Jean King warns athletes against taking part in LGBT protests at Sochi Games 14
5:46 PM — Tennis legend Billie Jean King says she now believes that athletes should think twice about protesting for LGBT rights at next month's Sochi Winter Olympics.
Former Independent editor lauds The Sun for ‘heroic’ reporting of gay former footballer 11
4:32 PM — The Sun has been applauded for its supportive front page of Thomas Hitzlsperger by ex-Independent editor Simon Kelner.
NBA star John Amaechi: Football will always be ‘toxic’ towards gay players with Sepp Blatter in charge 5
1:35 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is presiding over a 'toxic' atmosphere in football when it comes to gay players, says retired basketball star John Amaechi.
Thomas Hitzlsperger: There’s ‘a long way to go’ before a premiership star comes out and continues playing 11
10:49 AM — Ex-premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger says there is "a long way to go" before there will be an openly gay man playing in top league football.
8th January 2014
Ed Miliband: Thomas Hitzlsperger bravely showed young people that sport is for everyone by coming out 4
10:23 PM — The leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has sent a message of support to recently out gay footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger as he came out as gay earlier today.
National Hockey League first professional league with all-team support for gay athletes 4
7:11 PM — The National Hockey League (NHL) has become the first professional league in the US to have each of its member teams represented by a team member in support of LGBT athletes and fans.
Aston Villa fan David Cameron: I admire Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 8
6:46 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated former premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out as gay.
NFL player: ‘I may have been a little too harsh’ in calling for my former coach to be sacked 2
6:45 PM — A former NFL player has said he "may have been a little too harsh originally", in calling for his former coach to be sacked, and deeming him a "bigot".
Minister for Sport: Great that Thomas Hitzlsperger is out but homophobia causes too many to hide 6
4:47 PM — Minister for Sport and Equalities Helen Grant has praised former West Ham and German international Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
Nick Clegg: Football star Thomas Hitzlsperger’s decision to come out is brave and courageous 17
3:12 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has praised former premiership player Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
Football stars Joey Barton and Gary Lineker praise Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 5
1:39 PM — Figures in the world of football are praising former West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger, over his decision to announce that he is gay.
Former West Ham and Everton midfielder comes out as gay 16
12:02 PM — Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay, saying "I've never been ashamed of the way I am".
7th January 2014
FA equality adviser who called gays ‘detestable’, resigns 46
7:32 PM — An ex-footballer who described gay people as "detestable", and who was appointed as an equality advisor to the Football Association (FA), has stepped down.
6th January 2014
US: Ex-vice principal promised job back if he ended his same-sex marriage 9
4:09 PM — A gay former vice principal at a Catholic school in the US state of Washington has released a video stating that he was told that he could keep his job if he got a divorce.
Comment: The FA has a serious job of building trust with LGBT people 8
12:29 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Adrian Tippetts says the FA owes the LGBT community an apology for appointing Michael Johnson to its Inclusion Advisory Board - because of the ex-footballer's previous anti-gay comments.
Former boxer Evander Holyfield tells Big Brother House: ‘Being gay ‘ain’t normal’ 81
10:42 AM — Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield is facing a backlash from Celebrity Big Brother viewers after saying that being gay "ain't normal".
4th January 2014
Putin confirms that limited protest zones will be set up at Sochi 13
3:54 PM — Russian authorities have confirmed that special protest zones will be set up at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
3rd January 2014
NFL coach denies ‘bigot’ allegations: I have gay family members who I love 2
2:19 PM — The coach of an NFL player who yesterday posted an article calling him a "bigot", has strongly denied that he is anti-gay.
NFL player: ‘I’m pretty confident’ I was sacked for my equal marriage advocacy 5
2:01 PM — An NFL player and gay rights advocate has spoken out to say that he thinks his vocal support of equal marriage cost him his job.