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Gay sports roundup: Pat Griffin, Grandma of the movement; Jason Collins' GLSEN Speech; Sergio Garcia

Former athlete, coach and educator, Griffin is still pushing for equality. Plus, Tim Tebow's name surfaces in NCAA legal case, and perspective on Griner & Baylor

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LGBT sports legend Pat Griffin
LGBT sports legend Pat Griffin

When we came across this article from The Valley Advocate about our friend, adviser and colleague Pat Griffin, we were thrilled to see her get the recognition she deserved as someone who helped lay the groundwork for all the advances we are making.

It was also wonderful to see Jason Collins give shout-outs to those who came before him in his acceptance speech for the GLSEN Courage Award -- you can watch that video below.

The Valley Advocate: News - Grandma of the Movement
At a national conference focusing on the New Agenda for Women in Sport, held in Washington, D.C. in 1981, Pat Griffin, a speaker from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, took the opportunity to discuss her experience confronting homophobia as a lesbian athlete and coach.

Oklahoma Tornado Caused By Jason Collins Being Gay Claims Westboro Baptist Church
Westboro Baptist Church have said the Oklahoma tornado is God venting his rage because basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay in April. Collins, who played with the NBA's Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards this season, became the first openly gay male athlete in US professional team sports after coming out in April.

Billie Jean King: Tennis star least of her important roles
Billie Jean King was an athlete first. Quickly, she became a champion, many times over. She had a remarkable tennis career.

Baylor's gag order on athletes' sexuality reveals homophobia still prevalent in women's sports | Inside Higher Ed
When Brittney Griner, Baylor University’s star basketball player and one of the most celebrated athletes in the history of the sport, came out publicly as gay last month, she was rather nonchalant about it.

Tours need to suspend Sergio Garcia, change golf's climate - ESPN
The PGA Tour and the European Tour need to do more to create a climate of intolerance for racially insensitive comments. Suspending Sergio Garcia would be a start.

For black activist sprinter, fire burns long after Mexico City Olympics | PressDemocrat.com
Injustice comes in various shapes and sizes. Like gay athletes coming out. Yes, Carlos sees a link because of discrimination but the connection doesn't go much deeper for him. "If a gay man wants to stay in the closet, all he has to do is keep silent and no one will know," Carlos said. "But how do I do that?"

EA Sports used Tim Tebow's name in NCAA Football 10 - SBNation.com
The use of an active college football player's name contradicts the NCAA's statements in the Ed O'Bannon case.

AIDS in the End Zone | HIVPlusMag.com
AIDS in the End Zone is a one-of-a-kind graphic novel. Written by “the young men at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia, South Carolina,” it has the lofty goal of teaching the state’s teens, especially African-American boys, about HIV and AIDS in an engaging format with language they’ll understand.

Jason Collins accepts Courage Award at GLSEN's 2013 Rsepect Awards -- New York (via GLSENvideo)