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
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
US: As controversy dies down over anti-gay remarks, NFL’s Chris Culliver in trouble again 9
2:09 PM — NFL player Chris Culliver, who shortly before playing in the Super Bowl was involved in a controversy over his anti-gay remarks, is now facing trouble over publicly posting a text message conversation in which women are referred to as "bitch" and "hoes".
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.
15th April 2013
Video: Former US Navy chaplain says allowing openly gay players in the NFL is ‘demonic’ 8
5:23 PM — A former Navy chaplain who was disgraced by the military for his role in a protest in 2006, has weighed in on the argument over gay players being allowed to come out in the NFL, to say that he thinks the "Devil is afoot".
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 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.
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.
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.
5th April 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo says four gay NFL players may soon come out, all at the same time 6
10:44 PM — American football player and equal rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo has said that he thinks several NFL players could come out "sooner than you think", and that he was in talks with four players who might all come out on the same day.
US: NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo honoured with equality award 1
4:30 PM — NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe were honoured on Thursday with an award from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), for their work advocating for the LGBT community.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo denies being cut by his team for supporting equal marriage 1
1:44 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, said he does not think he was cut by the team for his open support for equal marriage.
2nd April 2013
Magic Johnson ‘proud’ of his gay son who publicly came out with his boyfriend 7
5:27 PM — The son of basketball star Magic Johnson has come out as gay, and hit the town in Hollywood at the weekend with his boyfriend.
29th March 2013
Gay former NFL player: No gay athlete should ‘feel alone’ in being gay
4:09 PM — Openly gay former NFL player Kwame Harris has opened up about being gay in the NFL, saying if he had the chance again he would hope to have "found the strength" to come out, and that he didn't want gay athletes to "feel alone".
28th March 2013
US magazine editor: Gay NFL players should stay in the closet 33
7:06 PM — The editor of a Christian magazine has weighed into the debate over there being no openly gay US professional athletes, said that being gay is "clearly a sin", and that gay NFL players should not come out.
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.
26th March 2013
US: Gay NFL player plans to come out and keep playing 2
1:26 PM — A gay US National Football League player has indicated he may publicly come out, and plans to continue playing.
25th March 2013
US: NFL players make final push for equal marriage: ‘why is common sense not enough?’ 5
12:26 PM — Players in the US National Football League (NFL) have been using their influence to speak out in favour of equal marriage, ahead of the Supreme Court taking on two cases around the issue this week.
5th March 2013
US: NFL footballer Tim Tebow now to speak at anti-gay Christian university 10
6:16 PM — NFL footballer Tim Tebow, who pulled out of speaking at a controversially anti-gay Dallas megachurch last week, is set to give a speech at a private university, spokespeople for which have expressed anti-gay views.