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News roundup: Ben Cohen wants to dance with a man, Olympic boycott on ice, gay footballers

How small is the possibility that there are no gay footballers in the UK? It's as close to zero as you can get without being zero

The mind-bending number which proves the UK has gay professional footballers | Gay Star News
Rainbow laces and publicity campaign aim to give British soccer a ‘kick up the arse’ to make it more LGBT friendly

Ben Cohen Was Hoping for a Male Dance Partner on UK's 'Strictly Come Dancing'| Gay News | Towleroad
Rugby star and straight LGBT rights ally Ben Cohen, who is competing on Strictly Come Dancing, the UK's version of Dancing with the Stars, wanted to be in the show's first same-sex pairing and was hoping to be paired up...

German Soccer Star: Gay Athletes Should Stay in the Closet :: EDGE Boston
A former German soccer goalkeeper has made headlines this week after he encouraged gay athletes to not come out of the closet.

Olympic hockey: Olympic boycott talk put on ice - Chicago Tribune
For 17 days in February, the attention of the sporting world will be focused on Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The spotlight will shine on top athletes from around the globe as

MUN launches anti-homophobia sports campaign - Newfoundland & Labrador - CBC News
Memorial University has launched a campaign to promote acceptance amongst all its athletes and to encourage people in the gay and transgender community to get involved in sports.

A$AP Rocky to Gay NBA Player: "Sorry For the Homophobia (Not Really)"
Here's further proof that every single that happened at this year's MTV Video Music Awards was a culturally significant moment worth pondering (or that every culturally significant moment worth pondering happened at the VMAs).

Olympic snowboarder denounces Russian anti-gay law - Westport News
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Russia's new law banning gay "propaganda" could end up tarnishing the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, two-time Olympic gold-medal winner Seth Wescott said, becoming the latest Western voice to condemn the law. Wescott, who lives in western Maine's Carrabassett Valley near Sugarloaf ski resort, won gold medals in snowboard cross in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.

Transgender pioneer reflects on sports past - 1123 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times
Windy City Times News Archive - Transgender pioneer reflects on sports past Lynn Conway is a transgender pioneer whose longtime passion has been sports, particularly adventure sports. She's overcome two similar life obstacles (transitioning and a fear of heights) en route to her current state: a 75-year-old Michigan resident—reflective and respected, passionate and accomplished, innovative and intelligent.

Why can't Jason Collins find an NBA job? - SFGate
If this historic milestone is bypassed, there will be no accountability, no villains, just an opportunity shamefully missed. Fear and prejudice remain evil partners in every aspect of American society, leaving Collins as that brave individual who dares become a pioneer. The league's increasingly oppressive luxury-tax constraints have become a major issue, and because the 34-year-old Collins is of limited value - a defense-and-rebounding presence off the very end of the bench - teams have legitimately addressed their concerns with younger, cheaper, more valuable players.

Craig James's Views on Homosexuality Shouldn't Cost Him a Fox Sports Job - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic
It's important to fully air our disagreements in civic debate -- and to maintain spheres that are free from its controversies.

Andy Cohen would love to ‘bang’ Sean Avery but they are not engaged and Sean is not even gay
It's twitter pics like this that started the buzz about Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, being more than friends with former NHL star Sean