Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe become first same-sex couple in ESPN’s Body Issue

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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WNBA star Sue Bird and professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe made history as the first same-sex couple to be featured in ESPN’s Body Issue.

Rapinoe, 32, is the midfielder/winger for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and is on the U.S. women’s national team. She served as guest editor of the Washington Blade’s sports issue in 2014. Bird, 37, is a point guard for the Seattle Storm. The couple was a part of 14 other athletes who all posed nude for the 10th annual issue.

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No longer behind a mask, gay MLB umpire is being recognized

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ABOVE: Left to right, Kirk Walker, Billy Bean and Dale Scott representing MLB Pride at NYC Pride. Image from Dale Scott’s Facebook.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — After 31 years behind the plate as an MLB umpire, Dale Scott knows how to recognize a strike.

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Minnesota Vikings to host LBGTQ summit and fundraiser

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ABOVE: Retired Olympian Greg Louganis will be a featured speaker at the Minnesota Vikings’ first LGBT summit. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

The Minnesota Vikings are hosting an LGBTQ summit and fundraiser featuring speakers such as retired Olympian Greg Louganis and former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.

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Reese Witherspoon to produce Martina Navratilova documentary

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine is set to produce a documentary about Martina Navratilova. Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Suzanne Gilbert are also on board to assist in the making of the film.

Variety reports the film will document Navratilova’s life told through the eyes of Greenwald, who considers Navratilova a childhood hero, coming of age during the Ronald Reagan era in Florida.

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French soccer commentator suspended for anti-gay comments

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PARIS (AP) — A French TV soccer commentator was suspended Friday for anti-gay comments directed at RB Leipzig players following their loss to Marseille in the Europa League quarterfinals.

Denis Balbir, who commented on the match for the W9 channel on Thursday, mocked the Leipzig players’ 5-2 loss at the Stade Velodrome in a video that emerged after the match.

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Adam Rippon is off the market, meets new man on Tinder

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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is having quite the year, and it’s only April.

He won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics earlier this year becoming the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to do so. Rippon also became a headline maker, first calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-LGBTQ views, then doing a media tour as the self-proclaimed new “America’s Sweetheart,” and making huge fans out of everyone from E! News host Justin Sylvester to Sally Field’s son to to another American Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon. He even got social media buzzing when he appeared on the red carpet of the Academy Awards in a leather harness/tux combo.

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Orlando City SC player buys out Orlando screening of ‘Love, Simon’

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Sacha Kljestan

ORLANDO | Sacha Kljestan, a midfielder for the Orlando City Soccer Club, and his wife bought out the 8:00 p.m. screening of the LGBTQ youth film “Love, Simon” at the Regal Winter Park Village for Thursday, March 29 so fans can see the movie for free.

“We saw ‘Love, Simon’ opening weekend and absolutely loved it. The movie spreads the message of tolerance, acceptance and equality. We were inspired by other people who did this, so we just want to pay it forward and help spread the love to the people of Orlando,” Kljestan wrote on Twitter.

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E! host asks Adam Rippon on a date in live interview

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Adam Rippon received a date offer live on air in the middle of an interview on “E! News.”

“Daily Pop” host Justin Sylvester asked Rippon if he was single to which the figure skater responds that he’s been too busy for dating.

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NFL prospect Derrius Guice says a team asked if he likes men

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NFL prospect Derrius Guice says that while at the NFL Combine, his sexuality was questioned.

Guice, who is a LSU running back, shared on SiriusXM’s “Late Hits” that he was asked about his sexuality during the scouting process.

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Gus Kenworthy reaches out to Ricky Martin ‘Missed Connections’ style

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ABOVE: Matthew Wilkas and Gus Kenworthy. Photo courtesy of Instagram.

Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas met Ricky Martin and his husband Jwan Yosef at the Oscars but their meeting was cut short. Kenworthy decided to reach out to Martin in the style of a Craigslist “Missed Connections” ad in hopes of reuniting.

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Gus Kenworthy shades Ivanka Trump in closing ceremony tweet

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Olympian Gus Kenworthy wasn’t happy that Ivanka Trump was in attendance with Team USA at the closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Kenworthy, who came in 12th place for the men’s freestyle skiing event, shared his opinion in a tweet that praised Team USA but questioned Trump’s presence.

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Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs booed for winning Texas girls’ title

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Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs won his second Texas state girls’ title to a mix of boos and cheers on Saturday.

The 18-year-old from Euless Trinity High School beat Chelsea Sanchez 15-3 in the Class 6A 110-pound division. Beggs also defeated Sanchez for the 2017 title.

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