Utah soccer star overcomes challenges as openly gay athlete

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ABOVE: Carly Nelson. Photo by Steve C. Wilson via University of Utah Women’s Soccer’s Facebook page.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Carly Nelson loves everything about her goalkeeper’s job description for the Utah women’s soccer team, including the pressure of keeping opponents from scoring, having a unique view of the field and directing the defenders in front of her. “And, of course,” she said, “wearing the different colors.”

Nelson has worn distinctive goalie uniforms of gray, pink, blue and yellow at various times in her Ute career. Those color choices are her personal expressions, just as her parents once believed about her sexual orientation.

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Score! Megan Rapinoe book to be published next year

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ABOVE: Megan Rapinoe at the World Cup. Photo courtesy Rapinoe’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has scored again, this time with a book deal.

Penguin Press announced July 25 that Rapinoe’s book, currently untitled, will be published in Fall 2020. Penguin is calling the book a “perfect vehicle” for an “honest, thoughtful, unapologetic” take on everything from soccer to nationalism to gay rights. Meanwhile, a division of Penguin Young Readers will work on a Rapinoe book for middle graders.

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Megan Rapinoe gives special birthday shoutout to brother after World Cup win

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Megan Rapinoe at the World Cup. Photo courtesy Rapinoe’s Facebook page.

Megan Rapinoe took the time to give her brother Brian Rapinoe a birthday shout out right after leading the U.S. Women’s National Team to its second straight World Cup win.

While giving a post-game interview to Fox News, Rapinoe directly addressed her brother.

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Andy Brennan is the first male Australian pro soccer player to come out as gay

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Andy Brennan is the first male Australian professional soccer player to come out as gay.

The 26-year-old, who plays forward for the club Green Gully, made the announcement in an Instagram post.

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Rejected by family, trans soccer player finds support from teammates

By : KEVIN MAJOROS OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Reeves Gift found himself homeless after coming out as trans to his parents. Now, he’s headed to film school at USC. (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

Last fall, Reeves Gift was living a double life.

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

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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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Watermark Giveaway: Two sets of tickets to see Tampa Bay Rowdies Pride Night Game

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer club are holding their Pride Night game on Friday, June 22 at 7:30PM. Come see the first professional sports team in the Tampa area fight it out against Penn FC at their home Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and show your rainbow colors as you kick off St. Pete Pride!

To win the tickets, comment on this post and tell us the name of your favorite soccer player.

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Orlando Pride soccer

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CENTRAL FLORIDA’S FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ SPORTS LEAGUE/ORGANIZATION

If you want to know how many members of the LGBTQ community support Orlando Pride soccer all you need do is check out the backs of our cars. Affixed to our bumpers— next to our yellow and blue HRC equal sign— you will see the Orlando Pride magnet.

The purple and light blue logo featuring the famous Lake Eola fountain can be found throughout the city. Sure, it is usually side-by-side with Orlando City Soccer’s purple and yellow lion shield, but when the ballots were counted it was the women’s team that had our readers busting with pride–maybe next year, boys.

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FIFA advisers: ‘Danger’ for LGBTQ fans at World Cup in Russia

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MOSCOW (AP) – FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong and intensified after a law was introduced in 2013 prohibiting dissemination to minors of “propaganda” legitimizing homosexuality.

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Eight arrests at Georgia demonstration over player’s gay rights armband

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Guram Kashia

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – Eight people were arrested in Georgia during a far-right protest to demand a soccer player be kicked off the national team because he supported gay rights.

The nationalist Georgian March group wanted defender Guram Kashia punished for wearing a rainbow armband while captaining Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem earlier this month, as part of a broader initiative in the Netherlands for the country’s “Coming Out Day.”

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Atlanta United fan sparks outrage over Pulse comment days before first game

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In the spirit of competitive sports, banter between rival teams is expected, but one Atlanta United fan is sparking outrage over a comment made on a Facebook post.

The comment was screenshot and posted in a tweet by Ruckus, an independent Orlando City supporters club, July 19. The comment read “think of [the upcoming game between Atlanta and Orlando] as Pulse part 2.”

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Mexico to appeal latest fine by FIFA over anti-gay chant

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Soccer Federation says it will appeal a fine imposed by international soccer’s governing body over anti-gay chants by fans.

It was the third time in 10 months that FIFA has sanctioned Mexico’s national team for the habit of its fans yelling a gay slur during kicks by opposing goalkeepers.

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