30th April 2013
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.
29th April 2013
Bill Clinton congratulates NBA star Jason Collins for coming out and says ‘it’s an important moment for sport’ 1
5:34 PM — Bill Clinton has praised Jason Collins for going public about his sexuality, becoming the first NBA player to come out as gay and continue their career.
Jason Collins becomes NBA’s first gay player to come out and continue playing 23
4:39 PM — American basketball star Jason Collins has become the first openly gay athlete in one of the big-four American team sports to come out as an active player.
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.
12th April 2013
US: National Hockey League announces formal partnership with anti-homophobia organisation 4
2:23 AM — The National Hockey League has become the first major professional team sport in the US to announce a formal partnership with You Can Play, an advocacy group aiming to reduce homophobia.
4th April 2013
Fired US basketball coach: There was ‘no excuse’ for my physical violence and anti-gay abuse 20
1:20 PM — A New Jersey basketball coach has delivered a highly emotional apology after he was sacked for subjecting his players to physical and homophobic abuse.
19th February 2013
Video, NBA star: ‘No one can tell me I can’t have two mothers, because I really do’ 3
1:49 PM — An American NBA star has recorded a video introducing his two mothers, and in it he says "Nobody can ever tell me that I can't have two mothers, because I really do."
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.
11th January 2013
Gay former NFL player says there are many ‘semi-openly’ gay US athletes 6
3:57 AM — An openly-gay former National Football League (NFL) player has said that he thinks there is at least one gay "significant contributor" in the NFL.
8th October 2012
US: Openly gay NBA basketball player to give lecture about equality 1
11:25 PM — Former NBA basketball player, and the first to ever come out, John Amaechi, will speak at a university in Massachusetts about the need for equality in professional sport.
4th October 2012
London: LGBT community urged to try out basketball 3
9:07 PM — Want to shoot some hoops? Not sure who to play with? Why not come along then to one of London Knight’s (formerly London Cruisers) gay men’s basketball training sessions and try it out! Rory Desch profiles one of its members.
6th June 2011
Westboro baptist homophobes stage protest at national basketball finals in Dallas 28
1:13 PM — Members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church yesterday protested outside the National Basketball Association (NBA) finals in Dallas, Texas, over the NBA's new policy on hurtful language toward LGBT people.
30th May 2011
Steve Nash: Basketball ready for an openly gay player 12
6:58 PM — Steve Nash, the NBA team Phoenix Suns' star point guard spoke to the New York Times following the team's president and chief executive, Rick Welts coming out as gay.
24th December 2009
Gay basketball hero says clubs, not fans, are to blame for homophobia in sport 7
1:26 PM — Former NBA star John Amaechi has said it is coaches, executives and club owners who are to blame for homophobia in football. He was responding to PR advisor Max Clifford's comments earlier this week that "vicious" homophobic fans were part of the reason why so few gay sportsmen were willing to come out.