Dennis Rodman: I “brought the gay community to the forefront for sports because of the things I was doing”

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | Dennis Rodman keeps finding new ways to surprise.

The 58-year-old former NBA star built his own personal brand of flamboyant individualism well before social media made every pro athlete accessible to fans, and outside the traditional endorsements-and-corporate partnership framework. At the peak of his fame in the 1990s, Rodman pulled the spotlight toward himself by swapping out hair colors, adding tattoos and piercings, dressing in drag and dating Madonna.

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Out NFL bisexual Ryan Russell just wants to play

By : Karen Ocamb of the Los Angeles Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Ryan Russell, photo courtesy Russell.

LOS ANGELES | It was a long two days. NFL free agent Ryan Russell came out twice in a personal column on ESPN on Aug. 29 and during the subsequent whirlwind of press—first as a bisexual and second as a defensive end who writes poetry and romance stories.

“My primary objective right now is football and getting back in the NFL and playing. And I think the biggest way that I could also kind of help be a more visible figure in professional football, for other LGBT players, is to be on the field,” Russell who continues to train at the NFL’s Exos sports program in Carson, tells the Blade. “I know that there’s an opportunity for me, and I know that my best years of playing are ahead of me and I can’t wait to show the world what I can do.”

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NFL star Drew Brees defends appearing in antigay group’s PSA

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is defending his choice to appear in a public service announcement for Focus on the Family, an evangelical organization with a record of anti-LGBT legislation.

Brees filmed a 20-second PSA titled “Bring Your Bible to School Day” for the group.

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NFL free agent Ryan Russell comes out as bisexual

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ryan Russell (Screenshot via YouTube)

NFL veteran Ryan Russell has come out as bisexual in a feature for ESPN.

The 27-year-old defensive end was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 but was cut after one season. He went on to play two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Russell missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury. He attempted to tryout in the offseason but didn’t land a position.

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Watermark celebrates its silver anniversary with a look back at the LGBTQ headlines of the past 25 years

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For 25 years, in nearly 700 issues, Watermark has been telling the stories of Central Florida and Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ communities.

First premiering in Orlando in 1994, and then expanding into Tampa Bay in 1995, Watermark now covers more than a dozen counties across the state. We can be found in many Florida cities including Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota—and thanks to WatermarkOnline.com, we have developed an international audience which relies on us for news, politics, sports, arts and entertainment as it pertains to the LGBTQ community.

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Gay Jamaican swimmer says coming out has not affected career

By : Michael K. Lavers of the washington blade, courtesy of the national lgbt media association
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ABOVE: Michael Gunning came out on ‘The Bi Life,’ a British dating show. (Photo courtesy Gunning)

A gay swimmer of Jamaican descent says concerns that his decision to come out would adversely impact his career have not come to pass.

“Everyone has a different story, but for me personally I was worried that ‘coming out’ would take away from my sporting achievements/performances that I’ve worked and decided my whole life to,” Michael Gunning told the Washington Blade on Aug. 8 in an email.

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Rhode Island baseball team criticized for Sean Spicer throwing out pitch, offering free Chick-fil-A on Pride Night

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) | A decision to have President Trump’s former communications director Sean Spicer throw out the first pitch at a Rhode Island minor league baseball game on “Pride Night at the Ballpark” is getting pushback.

Some fans said on Twitter they felt Spicer’s appearance at the Pawtucket Red Sox game July 19 was an insult to the LGBTQ community, given Trump’s policies.

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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: (Upen (L) and Vic Jones, members of Stonewall Kickball.) (Upen 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.

Everyone has seen the packs of Stonewall Kickball players walking through the streets of D.C. on Sunday afternoons. With their colorful team shirts, they’re hard to miss as they make their way to the post-game events. After moving into the District, Upen noticed them and a quick Google search showed an upcoming registration for the Spring 2018 season.

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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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