10th May 2013
US: Jason Collins to receive courage award from LGBT organisation 2
1:59 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay last week, to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, is to receive a courage award from a leading gay-straight alliance organisation.
9th May 2013
US: 50-year Boy Scout veteran resigns, citing anti-gay policy 2
10:19 PM — A member of the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years has resigned over the organisation's discriminatory policy which does not allow openly gay volunteers, members or staff.
Poll: Over two thirds of Americans support Jason Collins’ decision to come out
1:15 PM — A new poll has revealed that over two thirds of Americans support NBA star Jason Collins' decision to come out as gay last week.
US college football star: Why can’t I be on the winning team, as well as being openly gay? 6
3:01 AM — A former University of Richmond American football star has come out as gay, asking why he can't be a successful, professional athlete, as well as being open about his sexuality.
8th May 2013
Actor Chris Pine: ‘I thought it was rad’ that Zachary Quinto came out as gay 7
12:48 AM — Actor Chris Pine, who plays Jim Kirk in the new Star Trek film franchise, has spoken out to commend his co-star Zachary Quinto for coming out as and when he did, saying he had nothing but respect for him.
7th May 2013
Former NFL player Tony Casillas: I knew that I was playing with gay athletes in the past
5:46 PM — Long-time NFL player Tony Casillas, has spoken out to say that he played with gay American footballers in the past, and that he knew they were gay at the time.
6th May 2013
Jason Collins to Oprah Winfrey: I had ‘so much angst’ about coming out as gay 1
5:38 PM — NBA star Jason Collins, who last week came out as gay, and became the first active player in a major US team sport to come out as gay, has spoken to Oprah Winfrey about the "angst" he had about taking the steps to coming out, but has said he is glad he did it.
Rapper Lil Wayne: Jason Collins coming out ‘is opening a lot of doors’ for gay sports people
3:14 PM — Rap star Lil Wayne, has become the latest hip-hop musician to speak out in favour of NBA star Jason Collins, who came out as gay last week, saying that the massive support he received showed that "it's a fair world out there".
5th May 2013
Justin Bieber: ‘I’m gay’ claims hacked E! Online Twitter account 21
12:21 PM — The Syrian Electronic Army, the group responsible for hacking both the BBC and the Associated Press, has used a compromised Twitter account to claim that pop star Justin Bieber is gay.
4th May 2013
Zachary Quinto: I’ve ‘only worked more’ as an actor since coming out as gay 15
6:20 PM — Openly gay actor Zachary Quinto has revealed that he has "only worked more" since he came out as gay.
3rd May 2013
NFL player LeRoy Butler: As a role model, I can’t take back my congratulations to Jason Collins 11
2:29 PM — Former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion LeRoy Butler, who had an appearance at a Wisconsin church cancelled over a congratulatory tweet to recently out gay NBA payer Jason Collins, has said he would not take back the tweet because of kids looking up to him.
2nd May 2013
NFL player: I respect Jason Collins but ‘why does everybody have to announce their sexuality?’ 95
6:25 PM — An NFL player has spoken out to congratulate NBA star Jason Collins for coming out as gay, but has questioned why gay athletes felt the need to "flaunt" their sexuality.
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.