26th February 2013
Sports minister Hugh Robertson: I’m ‘appalled’ that sports stars can’t come out until after they retire 10
9:38 AM — The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, has spoken out on the importance of supporting athletes in coming out, and changing the sporting world in order to be more inclusive of LGBT people.
25th February 2013
Football v Homophobia toolkit backed by West Ham and England manager 9
6:47 PM — The Football v Homophobia campaign has sent out a document to FA clubs giving guidance on tackling homophobia and supporting LGBT fans and players.
Comment: The loss of Robbie Rogers should shame football into action 6
3:43 PM — Fears for the wellbeing of an out gay footballer may be overrated, but Robbie Rogers' retirement shows we've been spectators to bigotry and stupidity for too long, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.co.uk
18th February 2013
US: NFL Footballer Tim Tebow to speak at anti-gay Dallas megachurch 15
4:09 PM — An American football player for the New York Jets best known for during-game prayers, has been invited to speak at a church in Dallas, the leader of which has been criticised for denouncing homosexuality in the past.
17th February 2013
Gay rights group: ‘Sports in the US have reached a tipping point against homophobia’ 5
8:37 PM — The decision of 25-year-old former Leeds United football player Robbie Rogers, to come out last week, has been commended by gay rights activists, who have described this as a "tipping point" for sports.
15th February 2013
Former Leeds footballer Robbie Rogers comes out as gay 42
6:18 PM — A former Leeds United football player has come out as gay, and said that he has decided to quit football.
14th February 2013
UK: Blackburn Rovers footballer accused of making anti-gay insults during Brighton game 16
11:18 AM — Police have launched an investigation after complaints that Blackburn Rovers’ Colin Kazim-Richards was involved in a homophobic incident during an away match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
12th February 2013
US: Basketball player Kobe Bryant chastises Twitter fan for using ‘gay’ as an insult 8
1:55 AM — A US basketball player has been commended for voicing his disapproval at a fan's use of the word "gay" as an insult.
7th February 2013
Germany: Football Association sets up support group for gay players 1
2:37 AM — A working group has been set up by the German Football Association in order to provide support for and prepare clubs to deal with the potential for gay footballers coming out.
4th February 2013
England cricketer Steven Davies: Gay football fans should not fear travelling to the next World Cups in Russia & Qatar 17
2:09 PM — England and Surrey cricketer Steven Davies does not believe gay football fans should fear travelling to Russia or Qatar for the next two World Cups – even though the countries are known for gay hatred.
2nd February 2013
NFL player Chris Culliver to undergo sensitivity training for homophobic comments 14
7:19 PM — San Francisco 49ers player, Chris Culliver, who earlier this week said there were no gay players on the team, and if there were, they wouldn't be welcome, is to begin sensitivity training following this weekend's Super Bowl.
30th January 2013
NFL Player Chris Culliver: Gay players aren’t welcome in football and shouldn’t come out 50
10:39 PM — NFL Player, Chris Culliver, has said in an interview that he didn't think there were any gay players on his team, and that they wouldn't be welcome if there were.
US: Leading sports magazine features gay kiss in Super Bowl preview 6
3:19 PM — The leading sports magazine in America has featured a gay celebratory kiss in a feature around the upcoming Super Bowl.
4th January 2013
Grants to be awarded to support Football v Homophobia campaign 2
1:22 PM — The Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign, supported by Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) has launched a programme of small grants to combat homophobia in the sport during 2013.
West Ham’s Matt Jarvis: Gay footballers would find support and play better if they came out 18
8:13 AM — West Ham footballer, Matt Jarvis, has appeared on the cover of Attitude magazine, and gave an interview saying gay footballers should come out, that they would be supported, and that they might even play better if they did.
21st December 2012
Ex-Chelsea footballer: Me homophobic? Have you seen my hairstyle! 24
1:47 PM — Despite facing an 11-match ban for spitting and for anti-gay behaviour, ex-Chelsea Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles claims he can’t be homophobic, due to his hairstyle.
19th December 2012
US: Baseball player apologises for tweeting homophobic slur 1
1:55 AM — A New York Mets baseball player has apologised after he used a homophobic slur in a twitter conversation with a friend earlier this month.
18th December 2012
Liverpool midfielder Suso fined £10,000 by FA for calling teammate ‘gay’ 17
4:13 PM — Liverpool's Suso has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association for calling teammate Jose Enrique “gay” after the player tweeted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened.
17th December 2012
Russian football fan club: Please, no gay or black players in our team 20
12:35 PM — A group representing the supporters of a Russian football team say they don’t want gay or black players in their team – but deny it’s got anything to do with bigotry.
9th December 2012
Swedish football team sacks its entire first squad for homophobic abuse 15
3:26 AM — A Swedish football team has sacked its entire first squad for chanting homophobic slurs at a rival team, made up mainly of LGBT people, and encouraging fans to do the same.