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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The Daily Beast withdraws story about outing gay athletes at Rio games

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The Daily Beast has withdrawn a story that prompted ire of many readers, complaining that it could have outed gay athletes at the Rio games.

The story’s removal from the site Aug. 11 came hours after the editor-in-chief for the publication apologized for the article, which was first revised before being taken down completely.

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Floridians score Gay Games medals

By : Steve Blanchard
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Several local Floridians left Cleveland’s Gay Games IX with some new hardware. Athletes from both Orlando and Tampa Bay claimed top prizes and posted about their victories on Facebook or contacted Watermark directly about their wins.

Interestingly, the Gay Games organization does not issue the press a list of medal winners, so there is no comprehensive way of knowing exactly who won what, unless individual athletes share it on social media or email outlets directly.

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Olympians, pro athletes march at World Pride Parade

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Toronto, Canada – Nearly three dozen Canadian Olympians and pro athletes marched in the World Pride Parade June 29 as part of the You Can Play project. It was a statement from professional sports groups in Canada that LGBT athletes are welcome in arenas and on then field.

In a press release, World Pride explained that Toronto’s professional sports teams and the Canadian Olympic Committee united behind the You Can Play Project, the premiere organization for LGBT equality in sport. Together, the organizations issued a joint statement of support for You Can Play and the ideals of LGBT inclusion in sport.

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7 women compete as out and proud Olympians

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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In spite of Russia’s stringent anti-gay “propaganda” laws in full force, there are a handful of openly gay athletes competing in this year’s Winter Olympics.

There are only seven openly gay athletes—all of them are women, but none of them represent the United States. Statistics suggest that since there are 6,000 total athletes from 85 countries, there are no doubt many more gay and lesbians participating. They just haven’t announced their sexuality publicly.

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Florida leaders concerned for safety of LGBT athletes at 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia

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As the hate speech against gays escalates in Russia, the fear of reprisal during the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics against athletes and spectators has increased.

Safety concerns have led four Florida Congressional Democrats to sign their names to a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. The letter, dated Aug. 2, is signed by nearly 90 members of the U.S. Senate and House including: Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings of Fort Lauderdale, Rep. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton, and Rep. Ileana Ross-Lehtinen of Miami.

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Gay and lesbian athletes inducted into Hall of Fame

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Chicago (AP) – Dave Pallone, who was part of Chicago history when he umpired the first night game at Wrigley Field, returns to Chicago to take part in another chapter of American sports history: His inclusion in the inaugural class of what organizers say is the first-of-its-kind National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.

On Aug 2., Pallone was honored in the first class of inductees that includes tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, and Jason Collins, who in April became the first active male professional athlete in a major team sport to publicly reveal he was gay.

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Russia & LGBT Rights 101

By : Susan Clary and Jamie Hyman
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Here’s a rundown of what’s going on in Russia in regards to the Olympics, vodka boycotts and LGBT rights.

UPDATES: Gay rights activists confront Russian ambassador, IOC wants more information regarding Russia’s anti-gay laws.

UPDATE: President Obama speaks out about his lack of patience for Russia and countries with similar policies.

VODKA BOYCOTT
Gay bars in Los Angeles and San Francisco are holding “vodka-dumping protests” against Stolichnaya vodka and have stopped serving the brand.

Should you boycott or not?

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