Megan Rapinoe becomes first openly gay woman to pose for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Megan Rapinoe is the first openly gay woman to pose for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

The U.S. Women’s Soccer midfielder and Seattle Reign FC captain posed along with her teammates Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn and Abby Dahlkemper.

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Stonewall Kickball in DC provides a place for LGBT camaraderie

By : Kevin Majoros OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: (Upendra Shevade and Vic Jones, members of Stonewall Kickball.) (Shevade photo by Ian Foulk; Jones photo courtesy Jones)

The Washington Blade All Star series continues to spotlight the journeys of members of the LGBT sports community in Washington. This week we meet two LGBT players who have found their place in Stonewall Kickball.

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Tennessee Titans oppose state’s anti-LGBTQ bills

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Tennessee Titans have issued a statement opposing a series of anti-LGBTQ bills in the state, nicknamed the “Slate of Hate.”

These bills would target LGBTQ individuals in multiple ways. One bill would allow adoption agencies to reject same-sex parents on the basis of religious beliefs. Another bill would prevent government agencies from considering a business’s nondiscrimination policies before selecting a contract and another bill would ban gay marriage in Tennessee.

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Rugby Australia to terminate Folau deal after anti-gay post

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Israel Folau and his anti-gay sentiments appear to have gone too far this time.

Rugby Australia said April 11 it plans to terminate the fullback’s contract with the national team after he made anti-gay comments on social media for the second year in a row.

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Orlando Apollos partner with One Orlando Alliance to celebrate first Pride Night

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UPDATE: Orlando Apollos Pride Night CANCELLED, the club is no longer in operation, effective immediately. 

ORLANDO | The Orlando Apollos, a newly formed team for the Alliance of American Football league, will be celebrating its first-ever Pride Night at the University of Central Florida’s Spectrum Stadium on April 6 at 8 p.m.

The Apollos are partnering with One Orlando Alliance, a nonprofit coalition empowering more than 30 LGBTQ organizations in Central Florida.

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U.S. Women’s soccer stars Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris announce engagement

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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U.S. Women’s soccer teammates Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are engaged.

The couple announced that they have been engaged since September in an interview with People on March 13.

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Tel Aviv Games for gay athletes slated for late March

By : Kevin Majoros OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A singular experience can sometimes change your life path. One lone swimmer from Israel traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to compete in the 2014 Gay Games. He was part of a group of eight Israeli athletes who made the trip halfway around the world to participate.

Exhilarated and wanting to share his experience, he returned to Tel Aviv and became involved in creating an organized LGBT sports community. When the Washington Blade caught up with Sagi Krispin in 2016, the TLV LGBT Sports Club was already a thriving entity.

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Trans athletes make great gains, yet resentment still flares

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Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare when transgender women start winning and dominating their sport.

Exhibit A is a recent public exchange involving tennis great Martina Navratilova, who came out as a lesbian in 1981 and is a longtime gay-rights activist. She now stands accused of being “transphobic” after asserting that many transgender women — even if they’ve undergone hormone treatment — have an unfair advantage over other female competitors.

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Opponent: Transgender athletes bill perpetuates myths

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) | Opponents are calling on South Dakota lawmakers to defeat a bill taking aim again at a policy allowing transgender students to play on the athletic team that matches their gender identity.

The House Health and Human Services Committee began hearing testimony Feb. 19. The Argus Leader reports the panel is expected to vote Feb. 21

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Michael Sam, gay player drafted in NFL, to speak at UNM

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) | Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in any major U.S. sport, is scheduled to speak at the University of New Mexico.

The former University of Missouri football standout is slated to address student on Feb. 12, in Albuquerque. Sam is expected to tell students how to use personal strengths to pursue one’s own dreams.

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LGBT duo makes historic debut in U.S. Figure Skating Championship

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ice dancers Karina Manta and Joseph Johnson made history as the first LGBT duo to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship which took place in Detroit over the weekend.

The duo skated to “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” earning 104.81 points and finishing in seventh place overall.

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Trans man makes history on Mexican Olympic Committee

By : Yariel Valdés González OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ricardo del Real last November became the first openly transgender man on the Mexican Olympic Committee when he received a document with a male gender marker that recognizes him as a permanent member of this organization that oversees the development, protection and promotion of sports in the Aztec nation.

Del Real joined the committee in 2001, and had been recognized as a woman. Del Real began his transition two years later with a variety of treatments; he legally changed his name and presented as a man physically and socially.

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