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Will updated guidelines allow LGBTQ athletes to raise Pride flags at Paris 2024 Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee tells Outsports that specific requests on athlete expression will continue to be considered on ‘a case-by-case basis.’

FIFA sending ‘dangerous message’ to young gay soccer players, says Robbie Rogers

The former USMNT international is frustrated to see major football tournaments being given to nations that refuse to "embrace that the world looks different".

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.

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.

UK Athletics proposes an open category for trans athletes

Officials express concerns about how current national human rights law would affect a rules change

Prominent athletes share video of support as trans student-athlete lawsuit has its day in federal court

Athletes show vocal support for transgender defendants in the continuing ADF-Connecticut schools case.

Dr. Veronica Ivy eyes next steps as athlete and activist

The two-time world track cycling champion talks about sports, speaking out and self care on The Trans Sporter Room.

Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon speak out against China

The two out medalists join a chorus of athletes who are criticizing the IOC for choosing Beijing as a host city.

Sports shouldn’t let Texas off the hook

As anti-trans and other bills get signed into law, sports need to respond to discrimination with a Texas boycott.

Mikah Meyer is running across Mississippi for LGBTQ rights

Prompted by a vote of online supporters, the noted adventurer and advocate takes a message of inclusion to a tough room.

Hank Aaron embodied what athletes endured to fight for a better world

Aaron will forever be associated with home runs and social justice. When those two worlds collided, with society at its ugliest, he persevered and emerged a hero.

Celebrating women in LGBTQ sports: The complicated champion Martina Navratilova

Every day in October we’re looking back at the athletes, coaches and events that made LGBTQ sports history.

Caster Semenya ponders appealing her case before a Human Rights court

After being denied by Switzerland’s Supreme Court, Semenya might not be finished running the 800 meters after all.

Powerful #LetHerRun campaign launched to stop discrimination against female athletes like Caster Semenya

The campaign debuted with a harrowing video outlining the horrors of sexual discrimination in international athletics.

Caster Semenya lost what may be her final appeal to compete in the 800m

The Swiss Supreme Court ruled South Africa’s two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya must take testosterone-lowering drugs to compete in her signature event.

Motions on Idaho’s trans ban to be decided by August 10th

A request for an injunction and motions to dismiss the lawsuit against HB 500 were debated in a three-hour hearing Wednesday in federal court in Boise.

Idaho trans student athlete ban faces injunction hearing

The ACLU seeks to stall or stop Idaho’s controversial law that bans transgender students like Lindsay Hecox from competing with cisgender athletes.

Advocates ask court to stop Idaho governor’s ban on trans student athletes

The ACLU filed an injunction Thursday to stop HB500 from taking effect on July 1.

ACLU files lawsuit challenging Idaho’s trans athlete ban

After Idaho became the first state to bar trans athletes from competing in school sports, the ACLU fires back by taking them to federal court.

How 3 queer ‘Disabled Girls Who Lift’ fight discrimination

The hosts of this sports and fitness podcast visit Outsports to talk about the state of disabled rights and parallels with trans athletes.

Out LGBTQ Teacher of the Year winner knelt during anthem at college football championship

Kelly Holstine says she took a knee in protest during "The Star-Spangled Banner" to stand up for the marginalized and oppressed.

Rainbow Laces take the pitch for inclusive sport

British sport adds rainbows to the sports week palette.

Bayard Rustin and his place in LGBT sports history

Bayard Rustin’s activism found its inspiration playing football in high school, and eventually led the towering black gay man to work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joanna Lohman is using soccer to train Nigerian girls to combat sex trafficking

Retired lesbian soccer player Joanna Lohman traveled to Nigeria with Sports United, a program that uses sports to help address serious regional challenges.

Everything you need to know about the USA Powerlifting trans athlete debate

Minnesota-based Gender Justice accuses USAPL of breaking state law by not allowing transgender powerlifter JayCee Cooper to compete.

Connecticut organizations challenge ADF complaint on transgender student athletes

Sixteen Connecticut groups sign onto a collective statement of support for trans rights

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

WWE issues statement after rash of incidents reveal resurgence of homophobia

Discriminatory language, programming and business dealings bring WWE’s history of homophobia back to the surface

Springsteen cancels N.C. show, shames sports

The Boss makes a bold statement.

Lance Berkman proves he's an intolerant bigot

"Tolerance is the virtue that is killing this country," he says after Houston's LGBT bill is defeated.

A Prayer for Beijing

Amaechi: Let Olympians protest