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Gay sports roundup: Robbie Rogers, Derrick Gordon, Billy Bean, Britney Griner, gays in the NHL

Robbie Rogers, left, Landon Donovan
Robbie Rogers, left, Landon Donovan
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A lot of great items relating to LGBT sports people and issues, including a sitcom based on a gay soccer player, and I encourage you to check them out:

Comedy Inspired By Openly Gay Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Lands At ABC | Deadline
ABC has closed a deal for Men In Shorts, a single-camera comedy inspired by the life of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league.

NHL commissioner says league ready for gay player | FOX Sports
Gary Bettman says the league is well-positioned to support a gay hockey player. "For a few reasons . . . if a player wants to come out, he can feel comfortable doing it knowing he has support," he said. "Players are role models, sports are role models. We want to make a statement to people that your orientation doesn't matter. "We want everyone to believe hockey is for everyone."

Thomas Roberts Talks To Gay Former MLB Player Billy Bean About His Return to Baseball: VIDEO| Gay News | Towleroad
Former professional baseball player Billy Bean, who retired in 1995 before he could come out, recently spoke with Morning Joe's Thomas Roberts about his return to the sport - now as the MLB's first Ambassador of Inclusion.

Derrick Gordon of Massachusetts Minutemen says it was either come out or quit basketball - ESPN
UMass guard Derrick Gordon told ESPN that he would have quit basketball if he did not come out publicly as gay last April. "I was coming out or giving up basketball," Gordon told ESPN. "It was breaking me down."

WNBA Star Brittney Griner Talks About Becoming First Openly Gay Athlete Endorsed by Nike - TheWrap
"I am not setting out to be the pioneer, but I definitely want change," the Phoenix Mercury star says at the espnW: Women + Sports Summit