29th March 2013
Ex-Leeds player Robbie Rogers: There’s no way I could have stayed in football after coming out as gay 23
11:22 AM — Robbie Rogers has explained why coming out as gay meant he had to retire immediately as a professional footballer, saying: "I don't think I would have been able to go training the next day".
28th March 2013
West Ham footballer Matt Jarvis: People ask my wife if I’m gay because of my Attitude magazine shoot 32
6:59 PM — West Ham footballer Matt Jarvis says posing topless for Attitude magazine has meant that people have asked his wife about his sexuality.
27th March 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo: A baseball player will come out of the closet before an NFL player
2:07 AM — Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo, has said that he thinks it is more likely that a baseball player will come out sooner than anyone in the NFL.
21st March 2013
Study: 93% of football fans rate professional players by performance before sexuality 5
3:31 PM — A lecturer at Loughborough University has released results of a study into homophobia in football, which he says shows the majority of fans are tolerant of gay people and will even criticise anti-gay language.
18th March 2013
100 Crystal Palace fans shout homophobic abuse in street ahead of Brighton game 9
4:22 PM — Sussex Police has promised to trace several Crystal Palace fans following a spate of homophobic incidents during Sunday’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson pushes football clubs to ‘stamp out’ homophobia 4
3:45 PM — Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, has urged professional football clubs to do more to tackle homophobia in sport, including taking on an anti-homophobia initiative, which a third of clubs have signed up to so far.
50,000 sign online anti-homophobia in football petition following Nigerian coach’s anti-gay remarks
1:14 PM — Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition that calls on FIFA to take action against homophobia in football following the recent comments of a Nigerian women’s football coach.
11th March 2013
Nigerian Football Federation says it hasn’t banned lesbians from professional football 1
3:05 PM — The Nigerian Football Federation says lesbians have not been banned from playing in the West African country following recent reports.
3rd March 2013
Student Pride debate featuring Ben Cohen and John Amaechi speaks out against homophobia in sport 5
4:59 PM — The panel on a debate at National Student Pride yesterday emphasised the importance of tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport, said they had seen some change, but that much more action needed to be taken.
2nd March 2013
NFL player Scott Fujita: ‘A gay football player would not be an issue at all in the locker room’ 7
5:17 PM — NFL player Scott Fujita has spoken out about the issue of a lack of gay players in professional sport, and has said that he thinks it would "not be an issue at all" to have a gay player in the locker room.
27th February 2013
Gay-friendly London football club claims its first tournament prize 1
5:53 PM — A gay-friendly football team in the London borough of Bexley has claimed its first tournament prize since it was established two years ago.
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.