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Podcast: The power of anti-gay language in sports

Homophobic language persists in sports.

Ohio State v Penn State
Penn State fans would likely cringe at the language one Penn State Altoona hockey player directed at a gay opponent.
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When Penn State club hockey player Voight Demeester was called a gay slur during a game last weekend, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Now Penn State and Penn State Altoona are working together to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen again, or that at least it continues to happen less and less. We talk with Demeester, who shares his thoughts on the power of this kind of language in sports.

On a lighter note, a gay couple got engaged in the middle of the Spurs-Bulls game last week. It all took place on the court with the teams assembled and with the help of the Bulls' management. It was another signal from professional sports that acceptance of LGBT people is ahead of where people think it is.

Finally, we are rolling out our year-end awards, and we think it's pretty cool that two boxers are our athletes of the year. Who will win the other awards? We'll give a quick preview.