49ers’ assistant coach Katie Sowers becomes first openly LGBT NFL coach

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers is the first openly LGBT coach in NFL history.

Sowers, 31, first entered professional football as a player on the Women’s Football Alliance. In 2016, she became an intern with the Atlanta Falcons’ scouting department. Sowers caught the attention of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was working with the Falcons as an offensive coordinator. She was hired as an assistant coach for the 2017 season.

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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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Orlando’s Overheard: Pro Bowl, scholarship and Spirits

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The NFL Pro Bowl came and conquered Orlando back in January. Football fans from all over flocked to Camping World Stadium to tailgate and watch the games. Places like Stonewall and Parliament House, which is are a short hop, skip and a jump from the stadium saw many pre-gaming at their bars.

Despite the misconception that gays and sports don’t necessarily mix, that wasn’t the case for the Pro Bowl. Especially for local real estate agents Kase Elders and Jeremy Conner who attended the game and now have become the subject of the Ad Council and NFL’s “Love Has No Labels” campaign which feature the two friends kissing. At the forty second mark of the video, the Kiss-Cam makes its way around the stadium and it focuses on Jeremy Conner and a young lady to his side (Kase’s hand resting on Jeremy’s knee); the camera has a heart image framing Jeremy and the young lady. At that point, Kase turns to Jeremy and the two go in for a big kiss, Kase placing his hand on Jeremy’s neck and the stadium goes wild for this touchdown!

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Texas governor slams NFL over ‘bathroom bill’ criticism

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is slamming the NFL for criticizing a bill in his state’s Legislature that would prohibit transgender people from using the public restroom of their choice.

In an appearance Thursday on Fox News, the Republican said that if the league punishes Texas over the “bathroom bill,” “I might just pass a bill” requiring all players to stand and place their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem.

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Michael Sam to give lecture at Clark University

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team is heading to Massachusetts to talk about his life.

Michael Sam is scheduled to deliver a lecture at Clark University in Worcester on Tuesday.

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Lady Gaga in talks to play Super Bowl Halftime Show

By : Chelsea Santiago
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Lady Gaga may be joining the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry and Madonna as powerhouse divas who played the biggest stage in the world – the Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Gaga is in talks with the NFL to perform at Super Bowl 51, according to a report from Billboard. One of the main reasons is said to be her performance of the National Anthem to start the 2016 Super Bowl.

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The Tender Activist: Making a stand by sitting

By : Scottie Campbell
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scottie campbellI grew up in a military household. My biological father – more aptly referred to as ex-father – and my stepfather – more rightly referred to as Dad – were both in the Air Force, so I spent the first 21 years of my life on military bases. Though the teen-angster in me often bemoaned the lifestyle of having my ID checked by a soldier with an M16 just to go to school, today I consider myself lucky for the opportunities afforded to me as an Air Force brat.

Our National Anthem played a large role in our lives. When we went to the movies on base, we stood for the national anthem before it began. Everything would stop for the National Anthem each day when it was broadcast on loudspeakers; we all would stand still where we were, cars would stop and the same thing would repeat for a broadcast of “Taps” at night.

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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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Anti-gay law costs Indiana $60 million

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Indianapolis (AP) – Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state’s religious objections law.

A document prepared by the tourism group Visit Indy shows that the 12 out-of-state groups were surveyed and all said that the state’s controversial law played a role in their decision to hold their events elsewhere. The document was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its formal release Jan. 26.

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NFL owner takes back $10,000 donation against LGBT rights law

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is rescinding a $10,000 donation to opponents of a city nondiscrimination ordinance that expands gay rights because he says the campaign made “unauthorized statements” about his beliefs.

McNair on Oct. 23 asked the Campaign for Houston to return his money before the Nov. 3 vote. He’s a major Republican donor whose benefactors include top conservatives hoping to repeal the 2014 measure.

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The other side of life: The other Sams

By : Jason Leclerc
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Perhaps the line that runs between Michael Sam, Sam Singhaus and Tim Tebow is not completely straight. I’ll admit that it is Pythagorean and that the angles of right are bisected with complements that dance – in what some might call uniforms but others may prefer to think of as costumes – through the gridiron. It’s the start of football season, after all, and Miss Sammy is the only guaranteed star here along the I-4 corridor (our new obsession with soccer and the Buc’s new quarterback notwithstanding).

Traditional arguments for public-private partnerships between sports moguls and their host cities wrap around community-building and victory. Even when professional sports teams are middling, at least the traditional arguments go, they provide opportunities in the form of ancillary tax revenues, tourism, and quality-of-life bonafides for corporate neighbors’ recruiting. Unfortunately, much of the (true, vetted) economic scholarship on the subject argues otherwise.

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Central Florida pro sports teams celebrate LGBT Pride

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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October is LGBT History Month, so Orlando City Soccer Club and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are gearing up to celebrate pride with their LGBT fans.

Orlando City Soccer announced that it will be hosting its first LGBT Night on Oct. 3 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl against the Montreal Impact, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be hosting a LGBT Pride Day for their Oct. 4 game against the Carolina Panthers.

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