Canadian Olympic swimmer comes out in online essay

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An Olympic athlete has come out as gay in an emotional online essay.

Canadian swimmer Markus Thormeyer, who competed in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay team in the 2016 Olympics, posted his coming out story on the website OutSports Wednesday, beginning his narrative by revealing that “the secret I was keeping” was “holding me back” when he began training with his team in Vancouver in 2015.

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Connecticut student runners sue to block participation of transgender athletes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) | The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 12 seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.

Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.

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Olympic qualification a hurdle for out Tongan swimmer

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An elite athlete who represents his or her country on the international stage generally receives living expenses and medical insurance funded from a variety of sources.

The athlete may also receive paid travel and accommodation for competitions, high quality racing gear, training equipment, coaching, post-workout recovery treatment and nutritional supplementation.

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee speaks out on Netflix doc, rumors of his sexuality

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ABOVE: Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins speaking with “Good Morning America.” (Screenshot from ABC News’ YouTube)

BOSTON (AP) | The fiancee of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez spoke publicly for the first time since the release of a documentary series examining his life more than two years after he killed himself in his prison cell.

Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said in an interview with “Good Morning America” Jan. 29 that she had been unaware the late New England Patriots tight end was bisexual. Jenkins said she “would not have loved him differently” if he had told her.

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49ers’ Sowers to be first openly LGBTQ coach in Super Bowl history

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Every Super Bowl is historic, but next month’s Super Bowl LIV in Miami will be a special landmark for LGBTQ sports fans.

Offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers of the San Francisco 49ers has already made headlines by becoming the first openly gay coach in NFL history, in an interview with Outsports when she joined the team in 2017. With the team’s win against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, she became not only the first openly LGBTQ coach to reach the Super Bowl, but the first female coach as well.

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English 2nd-tier soccer game stopped for homophobic chants

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LONDON (AP) | A game in English soccer’s second tier between Millwall and Reading was briefly stopped due to apparent homophobic chants Jan. 18.

The assistant referee pointed out the anti-gay chants from sections of Millwall’s supporters during the London club’s 2-0 home win over Reading.

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Sin City Classic brings LGBTQ athletes together for weekend in Vegas

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The biggest LGBTQ sporting event in the world is about to get bigger.

The Sin City Classic Sports Festival, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas, is adding four new sports to its lineup, increasing the total number of participating sports to 24. Presented by Lexus, the massive event is set to take place from January 16-19.

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Orlando Pride’s Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris are married

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Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, players of both the Orlando Pride and National Women’s Soccer League, wed at a ceremony in Miami Dec. 28.

Krieger, 35, and Harris, 34, exchanged vows at Miami’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, according to PEOPLE magazine.

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Ellie Goulding controversy sparks renewed accusations of homophobia, transphobia against Salvation Army

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A long-standing controversy around the Salvation Army and its stance on homosexuality has been reignited by singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding.

The situation arose when the NFL announced that the English recording artist would give the halftime performance for the Dallas Cowboys football game on Thanksgiving Day – a game which also serves as the kickoff for the Red Kettle Campaign for Salvation Army. Goulding praised the Christian organization on her Instagram Nov. 12 for “providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need.”

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Adam Rippon spends birthday on ice

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Olympic medal-winning figure skater Adam Rippon turned 30 on Nov. 11, and he took to the ice to celebrate.

He decided to commemorate his milestone by shooting a video of himself dancing a “birthday joy skate.”

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Utah soccer star overcomes challenges as openly gay athlete

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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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Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade launch LGBTQ shirt line

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Actress Gabrielle Union and basketball star Dwayne Wade are showing support for their son by launching a line of LGBTQ-inclusive T-shirts.

The couple is partnering with clothing company YnG DnA to create the limited-edition shirts, reading “Please Remain Inclusive and Dedicated 2 Equality.”

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