358 posts categorized "Sports"

July 28, 2016

First openly gay player in NCAA basketball tournament leaving sport

Thank you, Derrick Gordon, for your courage and grace, and good luck in facing your next challenge.

July 14, 2016

Gay Puerto Rican boxer will dedicate next fight to Orlando victims

June 22, 2016

College coach tells players they can leave the team if they don't accept gay teammate

June 11, 2016

June 14 - Night OUT at the Nationals with Billy Bean

May 25, 2016

NFL awards 2019-21 Super Bowl games to states without anti-LGBT laws

San Francisco 49ers oppose North Carolina law, donate $75k to Equality NC

May 24, 2016

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus holds no grudge - wants fired DJ reinstated

Everyone seems to be kissing and making up after an embarrassing goof at a Padres game.

May 04, 2016

Fair Play: how LGBT athletes are claiming their rightful place in sports

April 21, 2016

ESPN fires Curt Schilling for anti-trans Facebook post

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin doesn't like it. #RendingMyGarments

April 10, 2016

Having gay and HIV-positive Greg Louganis on Wheaties box makes 'powerful statement'

April 07, 2016

Charles Barkley slams North Carolina over anti-LGBT law

Thank you, Sir Charles.

April 05, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo is now a target of gay bashing chants from fans

Jealousy is an ugly thing.

Buzzer beater

Congrats to my alma mater, Villanova, for its victory last night in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Kris Jenkins made the winning 3-pointer a fraction of a second before the buzzer signaling the end of the game. As a friend who is a UNC alum said, the Wildcats played with a lot of heart.

Speaking of North Carolina, many people are celebrating UNC's loss because of the vile anti-LGBT law that was just passed by the state legislature in a special session and signed by Gov. McCrory. I am not inclined to take out my wrath on college kids.

March 19, 2016

NFL Warns Georgia: Anti-Gay Bill Could Mean No Super Bowl

March 14, 2016

Openly Gay Basketball Player Makes NCAA Tournament History

(Photo by Frank Franklin II, AP)

Derrick Gordon of the Seton Hall Pirates is the first openly gay NCAA Division 1 basketball player. The Pirates won the Big East tournament on Saturday, and I confess I was cheering for them despite the fact that they were playing Villanova, my alma mater. Now they head into March Madness, as do the Wildcats. ThinkProgress reports.

Derrick has shone since coming out at UMass Amherst. His transfer to Seton Hall gave him a chance to play for a top team. The embrace of him by both schools' teams is a reminder that collegiate athletes are a lot more advanced in accepting gay players than the guys in the offices at professional sports teams. The new generation gets it. Their elders have some learning to do.

February 19, 2016

Manny Pacquiao doubles down on anti-gay comments, Magic Johnson responds

February 16, 2016

Boxer Manny Pacquiao offers flimsy apology after anti-gay remarks

February 09, 2016

SD Bill Banning Trans Students From Playing Sports In Accordance With Their Gender Identity Passes

More exploitation of ignorance and panic by unscrupulous demagogues.

February 08, 2016

Beyoncé gets political with "Formation"

Lots of buzz about this one. Vox story below.

Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50

The latest entry in an annual ritual.

December 30, 2015

When ya just gotta dance

This is a delight. Odell Beckham Jr. ignores the haters.

December 29, 2015

2015: Year of the Arsonist

Reichstag fire, 1933 (Photo public domain; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

My year-in-review column went online today at the Blade. My summary blurb is "Historic progress met the usual backlash." Here's an excerpt:

"Set the motherfucker on fire!" That recent call by a Donald Trump rally goer concerning a black protester, with another attendee yelling "Sieg heil," illustrates the viciousness fueling Trump's presidential campaign. If you take this lightly, Google "lynching." It is not just that what happened in Europe in the last century could happen here; what happened here could happen again. Trump's incitements, and those of his rivals, do not just pander to intolerance, they spray gasoline on the fire.

Hate-spewing demagogues were not the year's only newsmakers, but they produced its most dangerous legacy. The demons they unleashed cannot easily be tamed. But the haters cannot win the general election unless the rest of us allow it. Before we head back into battle, let us review some positive developments of 2015, though with cautionary notes.

The landmark victory for nationwide marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges, which President Obama celebrated by lighting the White House north front in rainbow colors, inspired opponents to switch tactics by pushing "religious freedom" laws (better dubbed "religious supremacy") to continue their anti-gay attacks. The Equality Act represented a new approach to LGBT anti-discrimination legislation, but stood no chance in a Republican-controlled Congress. Openly gay Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and several colleagues launched the smart, well-designed Campaign Zero policy website.

Read the whole thing here.

December 28, 2015

Nationals sign anti-gay Daniel Murphy for $37.5 million

The homoerotic side of football

What's the big deal about Odell Beckham Jr. dancing?

Forget about whether Odell Beckham, Jr. is gay. Sometimes a guy's gotta dance. This will make you smile. Below, more on the current obsession over whether Odell is gay.

December 16, 2015

How long will it take Caitlyn to finish learning?

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Nederlander)

Excellent commentary by J. Bryan Lowder at Slate on the problem with the gaffe-prone Caitlyn Jenner.

NBA referee comes out after being called anti-gay slurs

The truth about Serena & American Pharaoh: Why the comparison is so insulting

December 07, 2015

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is gay and dating a boxer, reports claim

I dunno, but I'd rather stare at this photo than the wall-to-wall Donald Trump infomercial currently on cable news.

November 10, 2015

Gay Washington Nationals batboy finds peace and acceptance on the team

A wonderful story.

November 04, 2015

Houston loses out on three bids to host college football title games

A silver lining.

November 03, 2015

Boxer Yusaf Mack says he's bisexual and wasn't drugged and tricked into doing gay porn

Not, I think, the ideal circumstance for coming out, but good for him.

October 21, 2015

Chris Kluwe has question for 'billionaire homophobe' Bob McNair, owner of Houston Texans

October 04, 2015

Figure Skater Adam Rippon Comes Out

Good for him.

September 13, 2015

The martyr business

Kareem is right. When 70 percent of the population identifies as Christian, it's hard to make the case that there's a war on Christianity just because a few fanatics are blocked from using the civil law to discriminate against those who don't agree with them.

September 01, 2015

Eat your Wheaties for Greg Louganis

August 28, 2015

Usain Bolt and the segway

Goodness. (Not referring to the fall.)

August 21, 2015

Slugger’s journey to coming out

Brewers would be ready to welcome openly gay teammate

August 15, 2015

Michael Sam leaves Montreal Alouettes

This is terribly sad. I can only imagine the pressures he has been under. Here's wishing him the best.