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IOC moves to support gay rights in Olympics

Nine months after a Sochi Winter Olympics embattled by the host country’s anti-gay legislation, the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) took a philosophical stand Monday against future intolerance surrounding an Olympic Games.
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Longtime MLB umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay

Dale Scott, a Major League Baseball umpire for 29 seasons, has come out as gay, making him the first active male official to do so in the U.S.'s four major sports.
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ESPN Apologizes After Report on Gay NFL Player Michael Sam’s Locker Room Showering Habits

ESPN has apologized for a news report that covered the purported locker room showering habits of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.
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Olympian Nick Symmonds Discusses LGBT Rights and Athlete Advocacy with Sports Conflict Institute

US two-time Olympian, Nick Symmonds, won an 800m Silver Medalist at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and openly opposed Russian “anti-gay” politics, dedicating his medal to his gay and lesbian friends. Sports Conflict Institute Founder Joshua Gordon and Practitioner Maggie Langlass Ward speak with Symmonds about this experience and discuss the topic of LGBT & Locker Room Culture.
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D1 football gets its first openly gay player

Following in the cleat-prints of Michael Sam, Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Edward “Chip” Sarafin announced this week that he was gay. He is the first active player in Division I football to publicly come out.
NY Giants

NY Giants Defend David Tyree After Heinous Anti-Gay Comments Come to Light

Today at a press conference, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese defended the organization’s new Director of Player Development, David Tyree, even after it was discovered that he had repeatedly promoted the dangerous and debunked idea that a person can or should try to change their sexual orientation. Saying, "He's a terrific fit for us and we're happy to have him on board," Reese went on to defend Tyree by arguing, "Sometimes you say some things that maybe you don't want to say or shouldn't have said and things can get blown out of proportion to a degree. But I'm not here to talk about social issues or somebody's personal opinion about their beliefs."
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New York Giants hire former player who supports “ex-gay” therapy – David Tyree

Yesterday the New York Giants announced that former player David Tyree would be the organisation’s next Director of Player Development. In 2011 during the public campaign surrounding marriage equality legislation in the New York state legislature, Tyree stated that he would have rather lost the Super Bowl than allow gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, claiming that it would lead to “anarchy.” He then took to social media, where he repeatedly promoted the idea that a person can change their sexual orientation. This practice has been debunked and condemned by every major medical and mental health organisation in the country, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, and many others.
New York Giants

NY Giants Defend David Tyree After Heinous Anti-Gay Comments Come to Light

Yesterday at a press conference, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese defended the organisation’s new Director of Player Development, David Tyree, even after it was discovered that he had repeatedly promoted the dangerous and debunked idea that a person can or should try to change their sexual orientation. Saying, "He's a terrific fit for us and we're happy to have him on board," Reese went on to defend Tyree by arguing, "Sometimes you say some things that maybe you don't want to say or shouldn't have said and things can get blown out of proportion to a degree. But I'm not here to talk about social issues or somebody's personal opinion about their beliefs."
GLAAD

GLAAD and over 25 organizations: FIFA must take action on homophobia in soccer

GLAAD, the America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, along with over 25 U.S. and international LGBT and human rights organizations sent a letter today to FIFA demanding concrete action to address homophobia in the game and anti-gay chants yelled in the stands. In advance of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, GLAAD also announced a continued campaign to educate FIFA and corporate sponsors about the standing anti-LGBT laws in both of those countries.
HRC

HRC Statement on the NFL Draft of Michael Sam

Last Sunday openly gay college football star Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams.  Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin made the following statement.

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