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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You Can Play continues to fight homophobia in hockey

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Philadelphia (AP) – Nellie Fitzpatrick raised the Philadelphia Flyers jersey presented to her as the team’s “community teammate” of the night, turned her head to her left and smooched her wife right on the lips.

Much like salutes to veterans, youth hockey players and other celebrated guests, Fitzpatrick’s kiss was shown for everyone in the arena to see on the overhead videoboard.

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Olympic freestyle skier comes out

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DENVER (AP) — When Gus Kenworthy would let his mind wander into how his perfect Olympics might play out, he pictured a certain scene.

He’d land his best tricks on his final run, win a medal and then – the capper – jump into the stands, ski boots and all, to share a big hug and kiss with the man who meant so much to him.

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Biden gets top billing at HRC event

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Not yet a presidential candidate, Vice President Joe Biden will have a prime perch to appeal to LGBT voters when he headlines a glitzy national gala. Yet it may be too late to win over influential gay Democrats already committed to Hillary Rodham Clinton should he join the 2016 Democratic contest.

At the Human Rights Campaign’s sold-out soirée Oct. 3 in Washington, it’s Biden who will get top billing. In a way, Clinton will be his warm-up act; she’ll speak to the group’s board and staff in the morning, but won’t be on stage for the star-studded dinner.

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Michael Sam leaves Montreal Alouettes training camp

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Michael Sam has left the Montreal Alouettes training camp for personal reasons.

The CFL team said the rookie defensive end has been given special permission to return home to Texas.

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UMass guard Gordon says coming out let him focus on game

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NEW YORK (AP) – Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became a better basketball player and a better teammate this season, and he credits both to having the courage to play as an openly gay man.

Gordon’s first season since coming out likely ended March 12 in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center.

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Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame accepting nominations

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Chicago – The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame (NGLSHOF) is accepting nominations for the Class of 2015. Nominees can be gay or lesbian individuals, organizations that have made tremendous strides in recognizing gay and lesbian athletes, or individual “Allies.”

According to GayAndLesbianSports.com, where nomination forms may be printed, all nominations are due by March 1. Inductees into the third class of honorees will be celebrated during a ceremony on July 24, 2015 in conjunction with Out at Wrigley¬-the nation’s largest “Gay Day” at a major league sporting venue.

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Top 5 Sports stories of 2014

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Michael Sam in, out of NFL
Michael Sam became the first out gay player to be drafted by an NFL team. The former University of Missouri defensive end was picked late in the 2014 draft by the St. Louis Rams, but that team failed to pick up for the roster. He then worked with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad until he got cut in the fall. A documentary on his experience is scheduled to air on OWN Dec. 27.

The anti-gay Winter Olympics
In February, all eyes were on Russia—and it’s anti-LGBT policies. President Vladimir Putin wooed the Olympic Committee with a $51 billion mega-project meant to showcase modern Russia. However, what was showcased was the country’s ongoing intolerance toward its LGBT citizens and protestors showcasing the harsh anti-LGBT laws.

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Collins, NBA’s 1st open gay player, to retire

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player, announced his retirement on Nov. 19.

The 35-year-old Collins played 22 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season and was not on the roster this season.

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Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination

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SYDNEY (AP) — World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Aug. 29 for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the “inclusion policy” ensures “every individual, whether they’re players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality.”

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ASU Football player comes out, finds support

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Camp Tontozona, Ariz. (AP) – Chip Sarafin watched the others before him break down the barriers, athletes like Jason Collins and Michael Sam who let the world know they were gay.

The Arizona State offensive lineman had already told his teammates and coaches long before, without causing so much as a ripple.

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Arizona State lineman Edward Sarafin comes out

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.

A fifth-year senior, Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he began telling teammates about his sexual orientation last spring.

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