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Gay sports news: Robbie Rogers cheered, Orlando Cruz at Pride

Even away from home, new LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers is cheered. Also, a new book by Bill Konigsberg, gay boxer Orlando Cruz at Queens Pride and Kate Fagan's great feature on Brittney Griner

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Rogers cheered in away debut as openly gay player - Connecticut Post
CARY, North Carolina (AP) — Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man playing in a U.S. professional league, was cheered in his first away game with Major League Soccer side the Los Angeles Galaxy. Rogers entered as a substitute in the 62nd minute of Los Angeles' 2-0 loss to the Carolina Railhawks on Wednesday in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Reporters need to address athlete sexuality to avoid homophobia in media -- ESPN The Magazine - ESPN
In ESPN The Magazine's Taboo Issue, LZ Granderson writes that by purporting to respect athlete privacy by avoiding talk of sexuality, writers are actually perpetuating the stigma and failing to move the issue forward.

Owning The Middle
Brittney Griner wears bow ties, dates women and dunks with abandon. Call her names if you like -- she is done hiding from haters.

‘Rapture Practice’ and ‘Openly Straight’ - NYTimes.com
A novel and a memoir about growing up with secrets in religious families.

LGBT pride to parade through Jackson Heights • TimesLedger
This year’s 21st annual Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival will pack a special punch as it makes it way down 37th Avenue.

Former offensive tackle Kwame Harris opens up about a six-year NFL career spent in the closet - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN
In ESPN The Magazine, Danelle Morton writes that Kwame Harris played offensive tackle in the NFL for six seasons while guarding a secret that he feared would ruin him. Four years out of the league, it nearly did.

Lesbian Athletes in LGBT World Still Treated Unfairly | The Rainbow Times | Boston LGBT Newspaper Serving New England | Gay News
When Jason Collins came out last month, Helen Carroll was furious. The longtime sports project director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights had nothing against the 7-foot basketball center, who became the first still-active male athlete in a major American team sport to say "I’m gay."

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Joins Athlete Ally Advisory Board | Athlete Ally
A resource to encourage athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports.

James Blake Joins Athlete Ally | Athlete Ally
A resource to encourage athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports.

And the You Can Play project receives one of its first videos from a high school:

You Can Play - Williston Northampton School (via YouCanPlayProject)