Denver Nuggets player Nikola Jokic fined for saying ‘no homo’ on TV

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Denver Nuggets player Nikola Jokic has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for saying “no homo” during a live television interview, Yahoo Sports reports.

While describing Chicago Bulls player Wendell Carter Jr.’s wingspan, Jokic says, “No homo, he’s longer than you expect.”

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Previous ‘American Idol’ contestant brings gay kickball league to Orlando

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ORLANDO | America’s Finest Kickball League is the largest Gay Kickball League in the country, and CEO and Founder Keith London is helping to bring it to Orlando for the first time. The season will start Nov. 3 and runs until Dec. 15.

“I’ve played sports my entire life. I love the sport part of it but I never felt at home for some reason.” London says. “I played in a gay softball league in Boston and San Diego and I just fell in love with being able to be myself and have fun.”

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Billie Jean King, Abdul-Jabbar tackle homophobia in sports

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NEW YORK (AP) | Billie Jean King and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are being honored for lending their names to the fight against homophobia in sports.

They are working with Athlete Ally, a nonprofit founded by former college wrestler Hudson Taylor.

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Tadd Fujikawa becomes first male pro golfer to come out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa has come out as gay making him the first out gay male professional golfer.

Fujikawa, 27, made the announcement on Instagram in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day.

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Watch: first male performer joins NFL’s New Orleans Saints dance team

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jessie Hernandez made history as the first male performer on the New Orleans Saints Saintsations dance squad on Friday.

Hernandez, 25, performed with the squad for the Saints’ preseason match against the Arizona Cardinals in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. He performed the routine along with the rest of the squad but unlike his female counterparts, Hernandez did not have pom poms.

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Homophobic, racist tweets resurface from Atlanta Braves’ Sean Newcomb, Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner had several past homophobic and racist tweets resurfaced by fans July 29, overshadowing successful seasons each player was having.

Newcomb, 25, made national headlines for missing a no-hitter by one out against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday.

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Air Force DB is first openly gay service academy player

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) | An Air Force defensive back is the first openly gay football player to play for a military academy.

The Gazette reports that sophomore Bradley Kim announced his sexual orientation on Friday to teammates, on social media and in an article in OutSports.

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Scott Smith joins Cirque du Soleil for ‘Crystal,’ its first ever show on ice

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Cirque du Soleil has been performing extreme circus acts blended with elegant dance, music and costuming since the mid-1980s. But there is one stage it has not taken on among the variety of shows Cirque du Soleil has performed in its more than 30 years—until now.

Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, “Crystal,” features gymnasts and world-class ice skaters performing acrobatics in the air and on the ice, simultaneously.

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Meet Brazil’s first trans pro volleyball player

By : Felipe Alface of the washington blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Tifanny Abreu, the first transgender athlete to play professional volleyball in Brazilian League. Photo courtesy of Tifanny Abreu. 

Being a professional transgender athlete in the country that kills the most transgender people in the world does not escape Tifanny Abreu’s attention.

“We need more love and less hatred, more education and less discrimination, respect for all and all for respect,” she told the Blade. “That is the only way to build a better country for all.”

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MLB targets bullying with ‘Shred Hate’ program

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner meets school kids participating in the Shred Hate program on the field at Nationals Stadium. Photo courtesy of MLB.

On May 23, about 250 students from 11 D.C. public and charter schools met Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner at Nationals Stadium, and about 25 of them joined Turner on the field shortly before the start of the game between the Nationals and the San Diego Padres.

In addition to talking about baseball, Turner talked to the middle and high school students about a subject he said he knows about personally – bullying and a program sponsored by Major League Baseball and the ESPN TV sports network to prevent bullying in the nation’s schools.

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Trans coach boosting visibility for girls’ baseball

By : KEVIN MAJOROS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ava Benach and daughter Paloma share a love of baseball. (Photo courtesy Ava Benach)

Ava Benach signed up her daughter Paloma to play little league baseball when she was five years old. At the time, she made the erroneous assumption that eventually, Paloma would have to switch to softball.

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Rejected by family, trans soccer player finds support from teammates

By : KEVIN MAJOROS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Reeves Gift found himself homeless after coming out as trans to his parents. Now, he’s headed to film school at USC. (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

Last fall, Reeves Gift was living a double life.

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