2nd May 2013
Former NFL player: Unlike the NBA, ‘football isn’t ready’ for a gay player 10
6:07 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl MVP, has spoken out on the news that NBA star Jason Collins had come out as gay, and said that "football isn't ready", for openly gay players.
US: University basketball league ‘believes strongly in supporting equality’ 1
5:18 PM — A US University basketball conference has reiterated its support for equality, and has said it supports gay players who wish to come out and continue playing.
Gay NBA player Jason Collins received Twitter death threats after coming out 9
2:29 PM — The first openly gay player in a major US team sport, Jason Collins, who came out on Monday, has been subject to a tirade of abuse on the social networking site Twitter, including a number of death threats.
US: Church to picket basketball playoff games because ‘the NBA is full of fags’ 38
12:50 AM — The adamantly homophobic US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its “God hates fags” slogan, is to picket two NBA playoff games, denouncing Jason Collins for coming out, and saying that "God hates the NBA" because it is "full of fags".
1st May 2013
Rapper A$AP Rocky: ‘I have respect for gay men who come out of the closet’
6:28 PM — Rap star A$AP Rocky has commented on gay men coming out, saying that he has "more respect" for artists such as Frank Ocean, and sportsmen like Jason Collins, who come out as gay.
US: Church cancels former NFL player’s speech over congratulatory tweet to Jason Collins 13
5:50 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, has had a speaking appearance cancelled by a church over a congratulatory tweet he sent to recently out NBA star, Jason Collins.
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.
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.
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".
Snoop Lion: There will be an openly gay rap star ‘in the near future’ 2
12:45 AM — Snoop Lion, rap-turned-reggae artist, who has been vocal in supporting gay rights, but who has in the past noted the difficulty faced by a gay rap artist wanting to come out, has said that he thinks "in the near future" it will be much easier.
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.
26th April 2013
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.
25th April 2013
US: Nevada Senator who came out during equal marriage debate ‘didn’t expect to’ 4
5:21 PM — A US Senator in the state of Nevada has addressed the fact that he came out during a debate around the state's equal marriage bill, and has said he did not plan to, but that he acted on "impulse".
24th April 2013
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.
20th April 2013
Lord Browne: I am still surprised at how cautious businesses are in accepting diversity 15
5:17 PM — Lord Browne, the former Chief Executive of BP, has spoken out about a current lack of acceptance of diversity in the world of business, and said that for years he was scared to come out as gay.