1st May 2013
US: ESPN regrets ‘distraction’ of reporter’s ‘rebellion to God’ comments about Jason Collins 7
5:14 PM — US television network ESPN has responded to criticism arising from a reporter's recent claim that, in coming out as gay, NBA star Jason Collins was living an "open rebellion to God", to say that it became a "distraction".
Before coming out, Jason Collins wore ’98’ jersey in solidarity with gay community 1
2:31 PM — NBA star Jason Collins, who came out as gay this week, had been making a quiet statement of solidarity with the gay community, every time he stepped out onto the court.
Sky Sports News host accidentally calls FIFA President Sepp Blatter ‘queer’ 11
1:25 PM — A Sky Sports News presenter was left embarrassed when he accidentally referred to FIFA President Sepp Blatter as “queer”.
Former Leeds footballer who came out as gay in February may return to play in the US 3
2:10 AM — Former Leeds United footballer Robbie Rogers, who came out as gay in February shortly after retiring from the sport, may return to play, as he resumes training with a US team.
30th April 2013
NFL player Chris Kluwe on why he supports the gay community: ‘It’s the right thing to do’ 5
5:59 PM — NFL player and human rights campaigner Chris Kluwe has written an impassioned opinion piece in which he addresses the question of why, as a straight man, he supports the gay community.
Obama: ‘I couldn’t be prouder of NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay’ 19
5:56 PM — President Obama says he told basketball player Jason Collins that he "couldn't be prouder of him" for coming out as gay while playing in a major US sports league.
Bryan Fischer: Jason Collins will be rejected by teammates for ‘eyeballing’ them in the shower 26
5:00 PM — US Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, has weighed in on media attention surrounding NBA star Jason Collins' coming out, to say that teammates, and teams would reject him because he would be "eyeballing" men in the shower.
Video: ESPN reporter says Jason Collins’ coming out is an ‘open rebellion to God’ 37
3:33 PM — A reporter on US television sports channel ESPN, has commented on the coming out of NBA star Jason Collins, to say that he thinks it is an "open rebellion to God", and that "lifestyle", is "a sin".
NBA player Jason Collins: ‘I hope other sports stars will follow my lead and come out’ 7
2:04 PM — In his first interview since coming out as gay, basketball player Jason Collins says he hopes other professional athletes will follow his lead.
John Amaechi: The NBA is light years ahead of British football when it comes to dealing with gay players 8
11:05 AM — British football still has a long way to go in accepting gay players, retired basketball star John Amaechi has said.
US: NFL player tweets homophobic message hours after first NBA player comes out as gay 26
12:30 AM — Just hours after the NBA's Jason Collins became first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport came out, a player from the NFL tweeted to say that he didn't understand why a male athlete would "wanna mess with other guys".
Michelle Obama to first gay US basketball player: ‘We’ve got your back’ 4
12:04 AM — First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, as well as thousands of others, have tweeted their support for Jason Collins, the professional basketball player who became the first openly gay athlete in any major US team sport.
29th April 2013
Bill Clinton congratulates NBA star Jason Collins for coming out and says ‘it’s an important moment for sport’ 1
5:34 PM — Bill Clinton has praised Jason Collins for going public about his sexuality, becoming the first NBA player to come out as gay and continue their career.
Jason Collins becomes NBA’s first gay player to come out and continue playing 23
4:39 PM — American basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete in one of the big-four American team sports to come out as an active player.
26th April 2013
MEPs welcome European Court of Justice ruling on anti-gay Romanian football owner George Becali 7
12:40 PM — A European Court of Justice preliminary ruling on the homophobic conduct of a football club owner in Romania has been welcomed by MEPs.
US: Openly gay basketball star lands endorsement deal with Nike 2
2:44 AM — An openly-gay basketball star in the US, who came out last week in an interview, has signed an endorsement deal with sports giant Nike.
24th April 2013
US: Gay former NFL player to speak at Youth Pride event
6:06 PM — An openly gay former National Football League player is set to speak at a US Youth Pride Day event in Washington DC.
Brendon Ayanbadejo: I can do more to help towards equal marriage having left the NFL
2:55 PM — Former NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo has expressed ongoing support for equal marriage, and has said that now he has left the world of professional sport, he can help "so many more people", than he could before.
US: NFL agrees to better protection for gay players against discrimination
1:38 AM — The US National Football League (NFL) has agreed, in an unprecedented move, to better protect gay players against discrimination and harassment, the New York Attorney General has said.
Video: Openly gay American football player hopes to join NFL ranks 15
12:07 AM — A gay American footballer is hoping to be drafted by an NFL team, and could be the first openly-gay player the industry has anticipated for some time.