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Pro rugby player Nick McCarthy got advice on coming out as gay from NFL’s Carl Nassib

McCarthy is now about to embark on his first season of Major League Rugby with Chicago Hounds.

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.’

Ex-rugby star Gareth Thomas gets honorary doctorate for his HIV advocacy

The Welsh rugby star, who came out as gay in 2009, is making it his mission to remove the stigma around people with HIV.

Olympic gold medalist Ellia Green says speaking about being trans gives him joy

The former rugby sevens player, part of the victorious Australia team from Rio 2016, talks to the BBC LGBT Sport Podcast about freedom and fatherhood.

Premier League’s LGBTQ advice for Rainbow Laces riles Aussie rugby player

Adam Doueihi has been asked by his NRL club Wests Tigers to explain why he wrote "embarrassing" on the PL’s Instagram post. He later deleted the comment.

Memories of 9/11 hero Mark Bingham shared on new gay rugby podcast

On the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, one of the heroes of that terrible day — rugby player Mark Bingham — is remembered by his best friend on IGR’s ‘The Third Half’.

Gay player gets Rugby World Cup honor for tournament opener

Cyril Leroy, the founder of gay rugby club Les Gaillards, talks to Outsports about being given a ‘humbling’ role for the big France vs New Zealand game.

Appalling homophobic abuse of referee gets rugby league talking

Marcus Griffiths recently received anti-gay slurs and a death threat on social media. Former ref James Child, who came out publicly in 2021, says there are issues to address.

Large majority of Australian rugby club bosses oppose Pride celebrations in the NRL

Just in time for Sydney WorldPride, a survey found that most bosses in Australia’s NRL oppose celebrating LGBTQ people on the pitch.

Campbell Johnstone comes out as gay, former All Blacks rugby player has global reach

Johnstone is the first former All Blacks player to come out, and his story has reached around the world.

Olympian and Rugby World Cup player Elissa Alarie gets engaged to her girlfriend

Elissa Alarie, a Rugby World Cup silver medalist for Canada, has shared the news of her engagement on social media.

This pro rugger says he’s kissed gay men, proud to be sexually fluid

Toby Rudolf talked about his same-sex inclinations after other pro rugby players in Australia refused to wear Pride jerseys.

Out pro rugby player Levi Davis has been missing for over a month

His family has recently hired a private investigator. He was last seen in Barcelona.

Teammates Laure Sansus and Pauline Bourdon are a Rugby World Cup couple

After making their relationship public just before the World Cup, Bourdon helps support Sansus after an ACL tear.

Trans rugger gearing up to challenge England’s Rugby Football Union ban

Trans researcher Joanna Harper says she would testify in case calling it ‘the right to do.’

This Olympic champ just came out as trans shortly after his athletic career was over

Ellia Green won Olympic gold in rugby and is now sharing his story in connection with the Bingham Cup.

Out Australian rugby star won gold at the Commonwealth Games while wearing rainbow headgear

Sharni Williams started wearing Pride headgear at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Verity Smith pushes for more wins and inclusion for trans athletes in England

Smith leads the charge to keep trans youth playing. He competes for the leading team in UK wheelchair rugby.

English rugby organizations ban trans women from female competition

Rugby Football Union and Rugby League put forth new policies regarding transgender women. Protesters showed up at the governing body’s headquarters prior to the vote.

7 players on Australia pro rugby team refuse to wear Pride jerseys

The Manly Sea Eagles’ attempt to support LGBTQ inclusion couldn’t be going worse.

Gay pro rugby player Nick McCarthy comes out in Ireland to widespread acceptance

McCarthy said his teammates have rallied around him since coming out to them in January.

This out rugby player just signed with a club in England’s top men’s union division

Jack Dunne says he publicly came out last year to be a role model for bisexual kids.

Olympic rugby player Nicole Heavirland comes out as gay, was hoping to be outed

Nicole Heavirland has received love and support since coming out. She is already inspiring others in her sport.

Gay rugby player Mark Bingham was a hero of 9/11

Bingham died on Sept. 11, 2001, as one of the passengers who stormed a cockpit manned by hijackers.

New Zealand’s rugby golden dreams may have been delayed by COVID, but they’ve now been realized

New Zealand, with at least four out LGBTQ players, takes gold in women’s rugby sevens.

6 French athletes, including 3 current Olympians, come out for Pride month

Six elite French athletes came out at once in a TV documentary. They include three current Olympian and a gold medal winner.

Gay former college rugby player is now running for city clerk in Michigan

Taylor Vanderlaan wants to bring his push for equality to public office in Kentwood, Mich.

Catalans Dragons player welcomes Israel Folau to team with gay porn

After infamous homophobe Folau signed with the French rugby club last year, one teammate introduced himself online by spamming him with gay porn videos.

Outsports series on trans rugby athletes nominated for GLAAD Media Award

When a ban on trans athletes in women’s rugby was proposed last year, Outsports launched a series of stories advocating for inclusion. World Rugby didn’t pay attention, but GLAAD did.

Bisexual/pansexual Team USA figure skater Amber Glenn wins silver

Sports Equality’s new weekly wrap-up video tells the stories of Amber Glenn, Timothy LeDuc, Ashley Cain, Kena Gilmour and Devin Ibanez.

LGBTQ Sports winners and losers for this new era

Events on the world stage have overshadowed these last seven days of LGBTQ sports.

New ‘Steelers’ documentary profiles barrier-breaking gay British rugby club

Premiering next month, "Steelers" showcases how LGBTQ players and coaches are finding community in rugby.