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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

Tennis star Taylor Fritz says he accidentally ‘liked’ homophobic post by Sean Strickland

Fritz has made supportive comments about gay tennis players, so his liking a homophobic tweet seems like a mistake.

FC Barcelona surprisingly puts pro-LGBTQ social post on Arabic account, to mixed reactions

The Spanish soccer giants were marking the International Day Against Homophobia in Sport.

Michael Bisping spread homophobia via ESPN at UFC 298. Will anyone apologize?

The former champ got caught live on air saying ‘that’s f***ing gay’ into an ESPN mic. Even a simple ‘sorry’ seems unlikely now, two days later.

Sue Bird was told to not come out in the WNBA. Imagine what gay NBA players are being told.

Bird opened up about her early days in the WNBA and having people tell her "success" would only come if she pretended to be straight.

Mexico is back in sports court as FIFA alleges more anti-gay slurs by fans

Mexico fans won’t stop chanting their favorite anti-gay slur until FIFA deducts points.

Two new soccer documentaries show how out gay and bi players are changing the game

British footballers Jahmal Howlett-Mundle and Matt Morton play outside the elite but their powerful stories are reaching millions.

Michael Sam came out 10 years ago today. What happened? And has the NFL changed?

Questions still swirl about what happened to Sam’s NFL chances. Since then, the league has shown LGBTQ support.

Former New York Mets player and new SNY voice Daniel Murphy disagrees with the 'gay lifestyle' 100 percent

The player, a devout Christian, says he supports gays in baseball even though he thinks homosexuality is wrong.

Sean Strickland wasn’t man enough to look gay UFC champ in the eye after insulting the LGBTQ community

Raquel Pennington, a winner at UFC 297, says she found Strickland’s homophobia "disgusting" and that Dana White showed "concern."

UFC, Dana White and Sean Strickland gave a green light to anonymous cowards expressing anti-gay hate

UFC fans have been empowered by Dana White, Sean Strickland and others to share their graphic homophobic messages via ‘free speech.’

Clumsy cartoon ‘joke’ shows how men’s cycling is on wrong track, says gay rider

Organizers of Belgium’s E3 Saxo Classic apologized for a cartoon that some called homophobic. UCI-ranked Josh Jones says the sport is "thoughtless" on LGBTQ inclusion.

Why is this pro soccer player talking about ‘gay business’ in a bizarre leaked video?

In what appears to be a strange initiation, new Gillingham FC transfer signing Remeao Hutton makes some wild promises. Hazing hasn’t gone away.

Ex-MMA fighter Jake Shields triggered by sight of Pride Tape on a hockey stick

He opposes trans people and gay parents and now even the sight of NHL players using rainbow tape sets him off.

Sportswriter Jason Whitlock panders to homophobia with pro-Sean Strickland take

The formerly respected pundit asserts ‘your natural instinct is to want your kids to be heterosexual.’

A letter from one dad to another: Learn to accept your gay son, like I did

Cyd Zeigler, Sr., relates his experiences with his gay son in hopes of reassuring Michael Sam's father about his.

ESPN, Disney, UFC silent as Sean Strickland shares horrific anti-gay messages never seen in pro sports

Sean Strickland’s followers love to bury their ‘homophobia’ in their sculpted male god. And, it seems, he loves to take it.

NFL players are debating nail polish on dudes right now on social media, and they’re all over the map

Cole Beasley started a debate about nail polish on guys, and now NFL players are voting up or down on it.

NY Knicks deal Saudi sportswashing a loss by dropping PIF-backed jersey patch before the season

After NYC Mayor Adams steps in to stop the deal, there’s an emerging lesson in this story for LGBTQ sports advocates.

MMA fighter Sean Strickland says some of the most anti-gay statements ever made by a pro athlete

Journalist Alex Lee asked Strickland a couple of reasonable questions about LGBTQ inclusion. Strickland went scorched-earth.

Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert oppose WTA event in Saudi Arabia, citing LGBTQ and women’s rights

Jon Wertheim obtained the letter written by the former on-court rivals.

Israel Folau’s homophobia ‘scared’ gay staff and unsettled players at Rugby Australia

Former CEO Raelene Castle says the firing of Folau in 2019 was ‘a perfect storm.’

Columbus Blue Jackets raffle Ivan Provorov ‘Hockey Is For Everyone’ jersey after player rejected LGBTQ Pride

Provorov last year refused to wear a Pride jersey, leading to an NHL ban of Pride jerseys.

Qatar’s ongoing abuse of LGBTQ people highlighted as soccer’s Asian Cup kicks off

New Human Rights Watch report mentions risks faced by gay and trans Qataris; half of competing nations in Asian Cup still criminalize same-sex conduct.

When the New York Knicks held their Pride Night, there was celebration... and a bunch of trolls made fools of themselves

The Knicks and the LGBTQ community pushed through nonsense from homophobes.

Barcelona warn fans over Saudi Arabia’s anti-gay laws ahead of Supercopa

The Spanish club included a warning about ‘severe penalties’ for same-sex relations, and pro-LGBTQ social media posts, to fans going to Riyadh.

Anti-gay chant heard at Chelsea FA Cup tie labelled ‘inappropriate’ by Preston

The soccer chant could be heard on BBC TV coverage. Kick It Out describe it as "homophobic and discriminatory" while Chelsea FC have also condemned the language used.

Michigan showed anti-homophobia PSA at football game

The Michigan Wolverines have been pushing against homophobia for over a decade.

These 48 NFL players continue to include the worst gay slur on their social media

NFL players have taken almost no notice of Outsports’ report of anti-gay and homophobic tweets.

Baltimore Ravens locker room was a culture clash on gay marriage

Anti-gay former Raven Matt Birk was eventually named the NFL’s director of football development.

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We chronicle our 25 most-read stories of the year, including some incredible highs and miserable lows.

Premier League club warns fans over homophobic chanting as manager sends video message

Luton Town boss Rob Edwards addressed supporters directly ahead of Saturday’s visit of Chelsea, with the Hatters having already been fined this season.