Atlanta United addressing anti-gay chant at first match

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ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta United says it is “taking measures internally” to address an anti-gay chant used by some fans attending the team’s first Major League Soccer match.

United spokesman Chris Winkler said March 6 the team was aware of the chant during 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls March 5. In a statement to The Associated Press, the team said “inappropriate chants have no place in our matches” and fans participating in those chants will be removed from games.

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Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire says he’d avoid gay teammate

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire says he would have a plan to avoid a gay teammate.

In an interview with Israeli website Walla Sport, Stoudemire was part of a group of players asked how they would feel if they had a gay teammate. While everyone else said it wouldn’t bother them, Stoudemire stood out with his answer.

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Transgender boy moves within one win of girls Texas title

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CYPRESS, Texas (AP) – Mack Beggs had just won a state wrestling title Feb. 25 in a category he didn’t want to be in.

But instead of wallowing in a debate about what should or should not have happened this weekend at the Texas state girls wrestling tournament, the 17-year-old transgender boy simply decided to be a good teammate.

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Arizona recruit to be first openly gay scholarship player

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – University of Arizona recruit My-King Johnson is set to become the first active openly gay scholarship player in major-college football history.

“I do feel like when I say that (I’m gay), it can put a target on my back. But whatever,” Johnson told The Arizona Daily Star for a story Feb. 25.

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Watermark Giveaway: 4 Ultimate Seat passes to the Orlando Magic’s Pride Night

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The Orlando Magic is having its very first Pride Night and you have a chance to be a part of it courtesy of Watermark and the Orlando Magic.

The giveaway consists of 4 Ultimate Seat passes to the Magic Pride Night to watch the Orlando Magic take on the New York Knicks at the Amway Center March 6. The passes include access to Fields Ultimate Lounge with all-inclusive food and beverage, as well as 4 commemorative Pride Night t-shirts.

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Orlando Magic presents first Pride Night

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Orlando – It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Orlando’s signature sports league the Orlando Magic would be hopping onto the “Pride Night” train. After all, Orlando has been in the global spotlight since last year’s Pulse massacre which took the lives of (eventually) 50 victims. The Magic has made a point of its engagement with the community and the community has paid in kind (nearly $500 million) to build the Amway Center, the spired city landmark that hosts the basketball team and its games. The league is proud of its varied community, staff says. Giving back is what it is all about.

“We, over the last two years have been introducing more theme nights for our community around myriad things,” Linda Landman Gonazalez, vice president of philanthropy and multicultural insights for the Orlando Magic, says.“We’ve always done Black History Month; we’ve always done Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin Night; we’ve always done everything.”

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Adam Silver: NBA will keep eye on state’s inclusion policies

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NEW ORLEANS (AP)- The NBA is continuing to monitor how states are handling laws regarding the protections of transgender people, with Commissioner Adam Silver warning that any less-than-inclusive policies will help the league decide where to hold All-Star Games going forward.

Silver, in his annual state-of-the-league address at All-Star Saturday night, said he has spoken with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, whose state was originally set to host this All-Star weekend, about the controversial and divisive HB2 law, one that the recently elected Cooper has said he wants repealed.

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High school transgender wrestler wins Texas regional title

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ALLEN, Texas (AP) – A 17-year-old Dallas-area high school transgender wrestler who is transitioning from female to male has won a girls regional championship after a female opponent forfeited the match.

Mack Beggs, a Euless Trinity High School junior who is undefeated this wrestling season, hugged losing opponent Madeline Rocha, from Coppell, on the victory stand Saturday after their match for the 110-pound Class 6A Region 2 championship never took place when Rocha declined to wrestle.

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Texas governor slams NFL over ‘bathroom bill’ criticism

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is slamming the NFL for criticizing a bill in his state’s Legislature that would prohibit transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice.

In an appearance Thursday on Fox News, the Republican said that if the league punishes Texas over the “bathroom bill,” “I might just pass a bill” requiring all players to stand and place their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem.

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Athletes in ACC urge lawmakers for repeal of NC’s LGBT law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- Four athletes from North Carolina’s Atlantic Coast Conference schools have written a letter urging state lawmakers to repeal a law that limits the protections of LGBT people.

The letter was signed by North Carolina fencer Ezra Baeli-Wang, Duke football player Chris Taylor, North Carolina State diver Gabi McDermott and Wake Forest men’s golfer Tanner Owen. They’re members of the ACC’s student-athlete advisory committee.

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NBA All-Star game spotlights LGBT oasis in the South

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The city hosting this year’s NBA All-Star game has long enjoyed a reputation as a welcoming place for the gay and lesbian community. New Orleans is home to one of the country’s oldest gay bars, the gay celebration Southern Decadence draws nearly 200,000 people yearly, and gay and lesbian authors flock here for the Saints and Sinners literary festival.

All of that acceptance will be on full display this weekend in a not-so-subtle statement about equality.

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Braden Holtby named Washington Capitals’ LGBT-inclusion ambassador

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The NHL has appointed goaltender Braden Holtby as the Washington Capitals’ LGBT-inclusion ambassador as part of its new initiative to include more LGBT support and visibility in hockey, Outsports reports.

In a collaboration with You Can Play , the NHL has assembled team ambassadors for all 30 teams to set an example for equality in the locker room and to be a support system for LGBT people on the team. You Can Play is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating homophobia in sports.

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