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What the San Francisco 49ers taught me about football and queerness

I’ve always loved the 49ers and football, but the sport taught me that I should exist on its edges. The 49ers taught me otherwise.

San Francisco gay sports bar Hi Tops is the place to be for the Super Bowl — unless you’re Taylor Swift

Super Bowl LVIII will be the third 49ers Super Bowl party at Hi Tops since its opening. This time, they’re hoping to celebrate a Niners championship.

Taylor Swift is the kind of fun and joyful fan who is good for football

Football crowds are often fueled by rage and toxic masculinity. Swift has been a welcome antidote to that atmosphere.

Turn your new year’s angst around by following these powerful LGBTQ sports stories in 2024

Need a dose of optimism in an election year? Keep your eyes on Sha’Carri Richardson, Tom Daley and the 49ers.

NFL Films features LGBTQ businesses with first holiday market

An Employee Resource Group project yields an opening for new prospects. ‘A woman purchased my largest piece,’ one artist said, ‘that meant a lot to me.’

Out coach Kevin Maxen and the Jacksonville Jaguars are off to one of their best starts in history

After coming out publicly this summer, Maxen was part of an 8-3 start as the Jaguars staked out a first place spot in the AFC South.

49ers PRIDE fan group shows how teams can take LGBTQ engagement up a level

With the success of their Levi’s Stadium drag brunch, 49ers PRIDE provides a blueprint for establishing a meaningful connection to the LGBTQ community.

49ers reach out to LGBTQ fans by hosting drag brunch at Levi’s Stadium

After establishing the NFL’s first official LGBTQ fan club, the Niners have scheduled a drag brunch to focus specifically on 49ers PRIDE.

Gay college football player Kennedy McDowell sent to hospital after illegal block

Kennedy McDowell seems to have been targeted by a Boise State player. Thankfully, he’s "all clear," according to Colorado State.

Missouri high school quarterback testifies about transferring due to coach’s homophobia, racism

While going to court in order to be allowed to transfer, Kylan Mabins details homophobic and racist treatment from Kickapoo High School coaches.

Outsports’ Karleigh Webb makes a happy return to the football field

A dream comes true on the gridiron for the sports journalist and athlete, and shows why inclusion matters.

Amanda Sauer is the first out pro-football referee

Sauer is now an umpire in the XFL, was a center judge in the AAF.

Super Bowl underscores lack of bars and social spaces for lesbian Philadelphia Eagles fans

Philadelphia has gone without a lesbian bar since 2021, leaving several Eagles fans scrambling to find a space for their community.

There is no hidden agenda in the shade thrown at Tony Dungy & Ivan Provorov

Despite the claims from opportunists, we’re not out to destroy religion or biblical culture. We just want to enjoy sports without feeling hated for who we are.

NCAA D1 football official Scott Bova inspired by others to come out as gay

Bova has been accepted as a gay man amongst officials, and he wants other gay officials to feel the same.

When this football player came out as non-binary, their coaches thanked them

Mackenzie Dunford is on a mission to make football more inclusive from the inside.

Las Vegas LGBTQ Center to present Carl Nassib with Hero Award

Although he no longer plays for the Raiders, Nassib’s barrier-breaking role as an out gay football player has helped him remain a hero in Vegas.

Michael Sam says playing for the Barcelona Dragons has saved his life

Sam opens up about his comeback in a new ESPN feature story.

Michael Sam makes return to football field, added to Barcelona Dragons roster

Michael Sam hasn’t played football since 2015. Now he’s back in a football uniform.

Trey McBride picked in the NFL Draft. He has 2 lesbian moms

This year’s Mackey Award winner, Trey McBride, received the news with his moms by side.

USFL kicks off with coordinator of officials and umpire who are both out

Steve Strimling and Amanda Sauer represent the community in the USFL.

Michael Sam lands coaching job with the Barcelona Dragons

Michael Sam is an assistant defensive line coach with the European League of Football team.

Tales from a gay football fan

Alex Reimer shares the complicated relationship between his sports fandom and sexuality.

Colton Underwood reflects on his life as a closeted NFL prospect in new series

"Coming Out Colton" covers Underwood’s checkered history and complicated journey as an out gay man.

Carl Nassib lit up his Instagram story with hearts and his boyfriend

The Las Vegas Raiders lineman is showing off his man.

This gay high school football player is being honored for boosting LGBTQ Pride in his hometown

Two years after being outed, Jake Streder is reclaiming his story.

Katie Sowers wins her first game back on NFL sideline, returns to coaching college

The trailblazing coach was working this summer as a coaching intern for the Chiefs.

This is how much money the Trevor Project has raised since Carl Nassib came out

The suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth has raised at least $300,000 in committed contributions over the last week.

Carl Nassib and Ashlyn Harris embody LGBTQ inclusion pillars of representation and activism

In an eventful 24 hours, Nassib breaks an NFL barrier by coming out while Harris stands up for Florida’s transgender community.

NFL world embraces Carl Nassib coming out: ‘Much respect brudda’

Nassib says the support of his teammates made it possible for him to make history.

How the Patriots made championing LGBTQ rights a pillar of their dynasty

The Patriots continue to lead the NFL when it comes to supporting LGBTQ people.

Texas football coach liked 57 anti-Pride tweets, likening gays to murderers, against god’s will

One tweet called Pride ‘Mental Disorder Month.’ School administrators have ignored requests to talk.


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