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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‘Religious liberties’ bill renews a recurring Georgia debate

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ATLANTA (AP) | A ‘religious liberties’ bill that aims to add greater protections for personal beliefs has renewed a recurring debate in Georgia about discrimination and religious freedom.

Republican state Sen. Marty Harbin of Tyrone said Feb. 28 his proposal was drafted to mirror the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by Congress in 1993 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

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Rivals for Georgia governor clash on ‘religious freedom’ law

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) | The rivals campaigning to become Georgia’s next governor clashed September 21 over whether the state needs a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief — an issue the outgoing Republican governor shot down amid an outcry from business leaders who joined gay rights groups in arguing it would legalize discrimination.

Democrat Stacey Abrams told an economic developers conference she opposes any form of so-called “religious freedom” law, saying the threat of employers boycotting Georgia is so real that “even the mere conversation is now toxic.”

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NFL and MLB will march in NYC Pride for the first time

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The NFL and MLB will march in New York City Pride for the first time on June 24, according to OutSports.

The leagues will have floats and will appear in the parade along with the NHL, NBA and WNBA.

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

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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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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Pink will sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Pink is confirmed to sing the National Anthem for Super Bowl 52.

The NFL confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday.

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

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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

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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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