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Homophobia in sports

Tom Daley returns to Russia and takes home medals

One of the world’s most well-known gay athletes triumphs again in Vladimir Putin’s backyard

Will the NBA discipline Anthony Edwards? The LGBT community is watching

All the Pride flags in the world won’t give the NBA cover if they fail to properly address this clear use of a gay slur by its star.

Anthony Edwards uses anti-gay language, Timberwolves issue substance-less statement

Anthony Edwards chose to share his unfortunate use of ‘queer’ with hundreds of thousands of followers then apologized.

NBA Hall of Famer Tim Hardaway takes ownership of his homophobic upbringing

With his Hall of Fame induction a week away, Hardaway reflects on how growing up in the church inspired his infamous "I hate gay people" rant.

Soccer player fined for using ‘gay’ as an insult after a loss

Marius Muller, a goalie in the Swiss league, apologized for statements equating playing soft defense with being gay.

College football player arrested for assaulting ex-teammate because he thought he was gay

Jacksonville State punter Jack Dawson allegedly tormented his former teammate, John Haynes, and coaches did nothing to stop him.

Gay man from Qatar sounds alarm about coverage of the World Cup and LGBT oppression

Nasser Mohamed came out after leaving Qatar. Now he wants to help the LGBT community there.

Tom Daley displays his activist side in new “Illegal To Be Me” documentary

Daley witnesses the institutionalized homophobia that numerous LGBTQ athletes face and refines his activism by listening to their testimony.

More athletes are refusing to wear rainbow Pride uniforms. They miss the point of them

Anti-gay athletes in baseball, soccer and rugby have this summer missed the point of rainbow uniforms.

Gay Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning reveals online abuse from his home country

Thanks to the bullying he received after coming out, Gunning did not travel back to visit Jamaica for four years.

Slur defaces campaign banner of gay candidate in Kansas City

Justice Horn, a former college wrestler, vows to fight harder after his LGBTQ-themed campaign banner is defaced.

Norwegian women’s soccer stands with LGBTQ community after attack at gay bar

Players from the Norway and New Zealand women’s national football teams wore black armbands in response to the shooting.

This LGBTQ sports fan feels fear watching attacks on sports’ embrace of Pride

I understand some fans’ discomfort with Pride. Can they understand what their actions do to me?

Rays pitcher Jason Adam’s homophobia undercuts every message of welcome on Pride Night

Adam’s message about our ‘lifestyle’ reinforces an ugly stereotype about how athletes view the LGBTQ community.

Some Tampa Bay Rays players refused to wear a Pride rainbow, say they reject gay ‘behavior’

With players citing ‘Jesus’ in rejecting the Pride rainbow, Rays management should be ashamed of the disaster they created.

Patriots rebuke homophobic fans who were upset with Pride flag

The Patriots told anti-gay commenters there’s "no room for hate."

U.S. Soccer has officially banned anti-LGBTQ chants

The new policy includes possible banishments for clubs whose fans engage in homophobic chants, and penalties for the match promoters.

Warriors reporter’s old tweets talked about beating up gays

Warriors reporter Mark Haynes has apologized after at least 56 hateful tweets resurfaced from his past.

French soccer league player sits out game to avoid wearing Pride-themed uniform

For second year in a row, Paris Saint Germain’s Idrissa Gueye skipped the games where a rainbow-colored jersey was worn.

Mark Jackson continues to face allegations of graphic homophobia

Jackson has reportedly been turned down by the Kings and Lakers for their coaching positions.

Pro soccer player resurects the gay-panic shower nonsense

Gay athletes are sooooooo not scary in the shower. Yet we keep having to talk about this.

Gay Olympian Keith Frostad was harassed, attacked by swimmers in 1992

Frostad is breaking his 30-year silence, coming out publicly and talking about the abuse he endured.

‘All Germans are gay.’ Dutch soccer chant won’t get scrutiny, officials say

The Royal Dutch Football Association says the chant was too "short-lived" to warrant further action.

AHL suspends player 8 games for homophobic language

The league sent a strong message to Ben Holmstrom that anti-gay slurs are simply unacceptable.

Coach could face longest ban in WSL history over homophobic slur

The incident occurred during a match between Birmingham City Women and Tottenham Spurs Women.

Gay high school basketball player endures homophobic attacks from archrivals

After coming out and finding acceptance with his team, St. Peter’s Alex Bosacker is cruelly taunted and abused by rival New Ulm in Minnesota.

Torrey Craig offers sincere apology for anti-gay tweets, talks about embracing the LGBTQ community

Craig says his tweets from 2011 don’t reflect who he is today: a father with LGBTQ family members.

76ers forward Paul Reed apologizes for anti-gay tweets from his past

Reed was one of 40 NBA players whose previous homophobic tweets were featured in a recent Outsports story.

NBA player Torrey Craig silent about old tweets hating ‘gay dudes,’ laughing about shooting them

Torrey Craig previously retweeted a message about putting ‘a bullet’ in the head of gay men, saying he hates ‘gay dudes.’ And much more.

A gay NBA fan found 78 homophobic tweets by 40 players on 23 teams

Many tweets came years ago. It doesn’t lessen the sting for the gay fan who discovered them, or other gay men in basketball.

Good on the Red Sox for immediately releasing this racist and homophobic prospect

The Red Sox released Brett Netzer after the infielder went on a hateful social media tirade.

As LAFC prepares for its season, the ‘puto’ chant remains a target of the club

LAFC has demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community, yet it and other soccer clubs have been unable to eradicate the anti-gay slur.


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