Ex-Patriots player Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Former Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan has come out as gay and opened up about his drug addiction and suicidal thoughts as a result of hiding his sexuality.

In an interview with Outsports, O’Callaghan explained he knew he was gay since junior high school. O’Callaghan, 33, says growing up around homophobic language scared him from telling the truth about his sexuality.

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FIFA targets gay slurs by Chile, Mexico fans in Russia

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — In a bid to rid the World Cup of gay slurs, FIFA will get tough with Latin American fans in Russia.

FIFA has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kicked off June 17, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.

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World OutGames sporting events abruptly cancelled

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The organizers of the World OutGames in Miami on Friday abruptly announced they have cancelled almost all of its sporting events.

“It is with deep regret that due to financial challenges, World OutGames must cancel opening and closing ceremonies and sports programming with the exception of aquatics, country western dance and soccer,” said the organizers in an email they sent to participants.

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Fundraiser launched for Ryan Getzlaf’s homophobic slur fine

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The National Hockey League (NHL) has opted to not suspend Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf for using a homophobic slur during Game 4 at the Western Conference finals on Friday. Instead, Getzlaf has been given the maximum fine of $10,000.

Getzlaf was caught on camera appearing to call the referee, “f**king c***sucker.” He issued a public apology but OutSports’ Cyd Zeigler calls it, “the worst non-apology for a slur in sports history.”

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Fiancee says Aaron Hernandez denied rumors he was gay

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BOSTON (AP) – The fiancee of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez says he told her rumors that he was gay or bisexual were not true.

The second part of a two-part interview with Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez aired May 16 on the “Dr. Phil” show.

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World champion olympic pole vaulter Shawn Barber comes out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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World champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber came out as gay in a Facebook post on Monday.

“Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and I love you too!” Barber writes.

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Secret bisexual life surfaces after Aaron Hernandez suicide

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Days after former New England Patriots football star Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his Massachusetts prison cell last week, multiple law enforcement sources disclosed for the first time that his motive for killing a friend in 2013 may have been to prevent the friend from outing him as bisexual, according to a report by Newsweek.

Hernandez had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd. During his 2015 trial, in which he was convicted of the murder, authorities said they were uncertain of the motive.

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Magic Johnson gives advice for parents with gay kids

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Magic Johnson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week and shared his advice for parents who have gay children.

Johnson’s 24-year-old son EJ, real name Earvin Johnson III, publicly came out in 2013. He starred on the reality show “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” on E!.

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NCAA returns events to NC after state makes changes to LGBTQ law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- The NCAA has awarded coveted men’s basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBTQ people.

The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties. It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season, including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games, and said it could relocate more events if there wasn’t a change in the “bathroom bill.”

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US Rep. Joe Kennedy urges NCAA to keep NC sports boycott

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The latest member of the Kennedy clan in Congress is urging the NCAA to continue steering championship sporting events away from North Carolina over the refusal of politicians to allow local laws that protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination.

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts said April 3 he’s speaking up because he says last week’s law repealing House Bill 2 still violates civil rights for transgender people.

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NCAA restores games to North Carolina despite new anti-LGBT law

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association has decided to restore games to North Carolina in the aftermath of the state reaching a deal to replace anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with another measure that civil rights groups say is also discriminatory.

The league announced its decision Tuesday, saying the conclusion was reached after the board of directors evaluated the replacement signed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper after negotiations with Republican leaders.

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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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