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President Obama Calls Jason Collins

Via Raw Story: President Barack Obama called NBA player Jason Collins on Monday to praise his courage after he became the first star in big-time American professional team sports to come out as gay.  Collins, currently a free agent who has played for six teams over 12 seasons, made the announcement in a blockbuster article in Sports Illustrated. “The President ...

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ESPN Sportscaster Attacks Jason Collins:
The Bible Says He’s Not A Christian

Think Progress notes that the attack came in front of openly gay fellow ESPN sportscaster LZ Granderson, who fired back: “I really don’t need Chris or anyone else telling me if I’m a Christian because Jesus tells me I am.”

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Athletes Cheer Jason Collins

Navratilova’s responses are especially interesting.

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White House Praises Jason Collins

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Spike Lee Defends Jason Collins

Filmmaker Spike Lee, a rabid basketball fan often seen courtside at Madison Square Garden, is battling haters on Twitter after announcing his support for Jason Collins.

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Clintons: We’re Proud Of Jason Collins

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Ben Cohen Cheers Jason Collins

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Kobe Bryant Praises Jason Collins

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Twin Brother Of NBA Player Jason Collins:
I’ve Never Been More Proud Of Him

“I won’t lie. I had no idea. We talked, he answered my questions, I hugged him and I digested what he had told me. At the end of the day, this is what matters: He’s my brother, he’s a great guy, and I want him to be happy. I’ll love him and I’ll support him and, if necessary, I’ll protect ...

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NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out, First Openly Gay Still-Playing Male Pro Athlete

America finally has its first openly gay and still-playing male major professional sports athlete.  Jason Collins writes today for Sports Illustrated: I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I ...

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NFL Won’t Ask About Sexuality

Thanks to a deal with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Via Capital New York: Under an agreement reached with the NFL and the Player’s Association, the league’s collective bargaining agreement will be expanded to protect newly recruited players from being asked questions such as whether they like women or have a girlfriend. Schneiderman’s office was concerned the questions were designed ...

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German Soccer Fans Protest Homophobia

Holding rainbow placards above their heads, this weekend thousands of German soccer fans participated in a stadium protest against homophobia in sports. Via Pink News: Fans of the St Pauli football squad demonstrated during a game against Paderborn, and were coordinated by Alerta Network, which describes itself as an “antifascist movement”. The Alerta Action Day saw fans holding rainbow signs ...

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Magic Johnson’s Gay Son Speaks Out

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Canadian Human Rights Commission Drops Case Brought By NOM Spokesman

Two years ago Canadian sportscaster Damian Goddard claimed that he was fired by his network for sending a single tweet against same-sex marriage. Rogers Communication denied that claim, saying that Goddard’s termination was related to other issues which they declined to disclose at the time.  Six months later NOM hired Goddard as a spokesman for their silly Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance ...

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GLAAD To Honor SF Giants

Next month the world champion San Francisco Giants will become the first professional sports team to be honored by GLAAD. In 1994, the San Francisco Giants became the first-ever professional sports team to host an HIV/AIDS benefit game, “Until There’s A Cure Day.” Since then, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund have repeated the effort, generating more than $1.3 ...

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Quote Of The Day – Kerry Rhodes

“Photos have been circulating of my former assistant and I that have caused some rumors regarding my sexuality, and I wanted to address the situation. I am not gay. The shots were taken during a past vacation in a casual environment with my entire business team. I know a lot of people are recently talking about athletes struggling to come ...

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National Hockey League Partners With Anti-Homophobia Sports Group

The National Hockey League announced today that they will formally partner with the anti-homophobia sport group You Can Play. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: “Our motto is ‘Hockey Is For Everyone,'” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement announcing the news, “and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way. While we ...

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ESPN Polls Readers On Gay Athletes

The poll is here. (Tipped by JMG reader Matthew)

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Brendon Ayanbadejo Cut By Ravens

“Just a heads up I did an interview today and no way said I was cut because my views. I said my talk was louder than my production and at 36 when you are not producing it is a fair move. You can find cheaper guys to do what I do. Ravens are the best organization in the NFL period!” ...

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Rutgers Fires Coach For Homophobic And Physical Abuse Of Basketball Players

Rutgers University today fired head basketball coach Mike Rice after ESPN published videos showing Rice screaming homophobic slurs at players while kicking and pushing them. “Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,” the school statement read. The footage, revealed by former director of player development Eric Murdock, ...

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