30th April 2013
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.
NFL player came out to a dozen teammates and coaches several years ago 2
3:47 PM — Reports have suggested that, for several years, a currently active NFL player has been openly gay to many teammates, and coaches.
19th April 2013
Duncan James: ‘People were shocked when they heard I was gay on The Big Reunion’ 23
12:20 PM — Even though Duncan James came out three years ago, some of his fans only learnt about the singer's sexuality from watching The Big Reunion last month.
18th April 2013
US: Basketball star Brittney Griner comes out as gay: ‘just be who you are’ 1
6:56 PM — US basketball star Brittney Griner has come out as gay, and offered advice for young women looking up to her to "just be who you are", and not worry about what other people might be thinking.
17th April 2013
Video: First major college American football coach speaks out in acceptance of gay players 1
1:35 AM — The first major college football coach has come out to invite gay athletes to play for his team, in a video advocating against homophobia in sport.
16th April 2013
Magic Johnson’s son EJ on coming out publicly: ‘I can only be myself’
6:17 PM — The son of US basketball star Magic Johnson has spoken out to express surprise at the public interest surrounding his sexuality, since he recently went out hand-in-hand with his boyfriend.
15th April 2013
US: University sets up scholarship to support gay students and straight allies 4
6:10 PM — A US university has set up a fund to help out gay students who struggle financially after rejection from their families after coming out, as well as straight students who lose funding after supporting gay classmates.
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.
13th April 2013
Duncan James: Liberty X’s Michelle Heaton hates me joking that she turned me gay 4
3:37 PM — Duncan James, of the boy band Blue, said he had joked to Michelle Heaton of Liberty X that she turned him gay, and she was upset that people might actually believe it was true.
Rapper Azealia Banks says A$AP Rocky should ‘come out of the closet’ for commenting on lipstick 14
1:53 AM — Rapper Azealia Banks, who has been involved in controversy in the past for using homophobic slurs, has again taken to Twitter during a feud with fellow rapper A$AP Rocky, and said the straight artist should "come out of the closet" because he insulted her lipstick.
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.
7th April 2013
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.
Snoop Lion: ‘In the rap world, I don’t know if being gay will ever be acceptable’ 19
5:02 PM — Rap star turned reggae artist Snoop Lion has said that, in the rap music industry, being gay may never be "acceptable" in the way it is for singers.
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.