14th May 2013
Basketball star Brittney Griner tells LGBT youth: ‘Be who you are’
9:52 PM — Recently out openly lesbian US basketball star Brittney Griner made an impassioned speech at last weekend's GLAAD Media Awards, telling LGBT youths to "be who you are", and to tweet her if they ever have any problems.
10th May 2013
US: Jason Collins to receive courage award from LGBT organisation 2
1:59 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay last week, to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, is to receive a courage award from a leading gay-straight alliance organisation.
9th May 2013
Poll: Over two thirds of Americans support Jason Collins’ decision to come out
1:15 PM — A new poll has revealed that over two thirds of Americans support NBA star Jason Collins' decision to come out as gay last week.
6th May 2013
US: Chris Kluwe announces that he has been dropped by his team the Minnesota Vikings 6
11:09 PM — NFL player and human rights campaigner Chris Kluwe, has announced that he has been dropped by the Minnesota Vikings, saying that "making people aware of an issue that is causing children to commit suicide is more important than kicking a leather ball."
Jason Collins to Oprah Winfrey: I had ‘so much angst’ about coming out as gay 1
5:38 PM — NBA star Jason Collins, who last week came out as gay, and became the first active player in a major US team sport to come out as gay, has spoken to Oprah Winfrey about the "angst" he had about taking the steps to coming out, but has said he is glad he did it.
5th May 2013
Eight professional footballers reputed to be out to PFA, but won’t go public for fear of fan reactions 21
12:27 PM — At least eight professional footballers have come out as gay within the Football Association, but most say they fear going public because they anticipate a massive backlash.
3rd May 2013
NFL player LeRoy Butler: As a role model, I can’t take back my congratulations to Jason Collins 11
2:29 PM — Former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion LeRoy Butler, who had an appearance at a Wisconsin church cancelled over a congratulatory tweet to recently out gay NBA payer Jason Collins, has said he would not take back the tweet because of kids looking up to him.
2nd May 2013
US: University basketball league ‘believes strongly in supporting equality’ 1
5:18 PM — A US University basketball conference has reiterated its support for equality, and has said it supports gay players who wish to come out and continue playing.
US: Church to picket basketball playoff games because ‘the NBA is full of fags’ 38
12:50 AM — The adamantly homophobic US Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), synonymous with its “God hates fags” slogan, is to picket two NBA playoff games, denouncing Jason Collins for coming out, and saying that "God hates the NBA" because it is "full of fags".
1st May 2013
US: Church cancels former NFL player’s speech over congratulatory tweet to Jason Collins 13
5:50 PM — A former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, has had a speaking appearance cancelled by a church over a congratulatory tweet he sent to recently out NBA star, Jason Collins.
Sky Sports News host accidentally calls FIFA President Sepp Blatter ‘queer’ 11
1:25 PM — A Sky Sports News presenter was left embarrassed when he accidentally referred to FIFA President Sepp Blatter as “queer”.
30th April 2013
NFL player Chris Kluwe on why he supports the gay community: ‘It’s the right thing to do’ 5
5:59 PM — NFL player and human rights campaigner Chris Kluwe has written an impassioned opinion piece in which he addresses the question of why, as a straight man, he supports the gay community.
Obama: ‘I couldn’t be prouder of NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay’ 19
5:56 PM — President Obama says he told basketball player Jason Collins that he "couldn't be prouder of him" for coming out as gay while playing in a major US sports league.
Video: ESPN reporter says Jason Collins’ coming out is an ‘open rebellion to God’ 37
3:33 PM — A reporter on US television sports channel ESPN, has commented on the coming out of NBA star Jason Collins, to say that he thinks it is an "open rebellion to God", and that "lifestyle", is "a sin".
John Amaechi: The NBA is light years ahead of British football when it comes to dealing with gay players 8
11:05 AM — British football still has a long way to go in accepting gay players, retired basketball star John Amaechi has said.
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.
24th April 2013
US: Gay former NFL player to speak at Youth Pride event
6:06 PM — An openly gay former National Football League player is set to speak at a US Youth Pride Day event in Washington DC.
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.