19-year-old British Olympic diving star Tom Daley announces that he has a boyfriend.
19-year-old British Olympic diving star Tom Daley announces that he has a boyfriend.
That quote is from Red Sox catcher David Ross, referring to #34, Big Papi, Boston's designated hitter David Ortiz. Above is Papi's grand slam from ALCS Game 2 against Detroit on October 13. (BTW, Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter, who went over the wall after the ball, is fine.) During the current World Series, Ortiz tied a World Series record by reaching base in nine consecutive at-bats. So far he is batting a phenomenal .733 in the series, and he is a contender for Most Valuable Player. During game 4, he rallied his teammates with an impromptu speech in the dugout.
The Dominican American slugger gained a bit of broadcasting notoriety last April 20 at Fenway Park when, speaking for the team before the first home game after the Boston Marathon bombing, he said, "This is our fucking city. Nobody is going to dictate our freedom." Shortly thereafter, FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski gave him a pass by tweeting from his official FCC account, "David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston - Julius."
The great-spirited player and team leader does have a temper, as shown below in a clip from July, when he responded to a strikeout call during a game against the Orioles in Camden Yards by smashing the dugout phone with his baseball bat. But he is also gentle with babies.
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Football diva, sporno hotness, animal rights activist pin up star and homoerotic superhero slash fiction fantasy hotness Chad Johnson adds yet another hyphen to his ever-expanding skill set: Movie star.
The former Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver was spotted last week shirtless on the set of Overtown, a low-budget independent drama currently in production and that is being filmed in Miami. The film is directed by Cess Silvera and is scheduled for a 2014 release.
The above audio clip is from Linda Harvey's interview with Brian Camenker of MassResistance. Click here for more.
Bob Costas is right. As for those who said that halftime is not an appropriate time to bring up the issue, what they really mean is they don't want to hear it, period. Well boo hoo. Former GLAA President Mitch Wood says he calls the team "The R-Words." I like it.
Mike Wise writes in WaPo about Washington's 31-16 loss last night to the Dallas Cowboys.
RGIII, unhappy in his knee brace and so much the ordinary mortal in comparison to the golden autumn of his rookie season, makes me think of the character Phineas in John Knowles' A Separate Peace - for whom the magical, daredevil summer of 1942, ended by violence, would never be recaptured. So, happy Monday!
Andrés Duque wrote on Facebook:
Rainbow flag? Here is your rainbow flag. Boxer Orlando Cruz passed his last weight test before tomorrow's fight and made it at 125lbs which qualifies him for the world title match. He didn't seem to mind the criticism of some who think that he is wearing his gay pride a bit too much. Here is what he wore for the weigh-in.
In your face! Figuratively speaking.
"When we strip down as people...that's when the trust begins." The Ivy League's Big Green, Dartmouth College, shows its support for diversity, inclusion and a centuries-old tradition of winning by joining the You Can Play Team.
Jeremie Adkins has a lovely piece in The Advocate about meeting gay former NFL player Dave Kopay. I have met Kopay; he is a gracious and charming man whose story is a reminder of the long silence and intolerance and invisibility, and the long struggle, that came before the breakthrough we have started to see for gay people in professional sports.
(Hat tip: Craig Howell)
Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood when she made the comments in the clip above. But she still says we should all respect her country's oppressive anti-gay laws. Well sorry, but I do not respect them.
WWE star Darren Young, whose real name is Fred Rosser, comes out and receives support from his colleagues. Below (near the end) he tells Matt Lauer, "I'm in love."
Stephen Fry is interviewed by Sky News, and Peter Tatchell is interviewed by the Green Party, at Saturday's protest in London against anti-gay human rights abuses in Russia
The Root says it's none of our business if a celebrity is in the closet, which is odd considering how much of celebs' lives are put in the spotlight. Beginning at 6:11 in this video, NFL player Kerry Rhodes, who denies being gay, gives an interview while sharing a bed with Russell "Hollywood" Simpson, whom he calls "my former assistant." Maybe Rhodes is just really open minded. Simpson would once have been called "flamboyant." Yes, that's it.
(Hat tip: RightWingWatch)
The land-swap deal to allow for the building of a new DC United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point was announced on Thursday morning by Mayor Vincent Gray.
Metro Weekly reports:
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and the owners of Major League Soccer's D.C. United soccer team Thursday morning announced the signing of a public-private partnership to build a soccer stadium in the city's Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest D.C. As announced, the deal includes a land swap that would end the planned relocation – already underway – of The DC Center, the city's LGBT community center, into the city-owned Frank D. Reeves Center at 2000 14th St. NW.
Under the terms of the deal, the city would assume the estimated $150 million for acquiring tracts of land bounded by 2nd, T, Half and R Streets SW, adjacent Fort McNair. D.C. United would then construct the stadium, expected to cost another $150 million, and related facilities at that site. District officials see the new stadium as a major component of a planned sports-and-retail district encompassing the neighborhoods along the Anacostia River, according to a statement from the mayor's office.
In return for the stadium land – currently owned by Akridge Development Corporation, Pepco and Mark Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles tennis franchise – the city would turn over rights to other District-owned properties, including the Reeves Center.
I went to the announcement in SW Thursday morning so I could back up David Mariner and the DC Center. Several of us in GLAA are DC United fans, and it's past time for the city to put a deal together to get us a soccer stadium. But the DC Center launched into a major effort in recent months and weeks in good faith after signing a long-term lease, and the city needs to do more than compensate the Center fairly--it needs to find the Center a permanent home that enables it to meet the community needs that it is serving, and not just find another make-do temporary space. David spoke with a few officials who said supportive things, and we will have to see how things go moving forward. GLAA VP for Political Affairs Charles Butler and I are conveying our concerns to District officials and will help our friends at the DC Center in any way we can as they navigate this challenging situation.
The Blade also reports. Another gay-related entity that may be affected by the stadium deal is gay nightclub Ziegfeld’s/Secrets, which is located on Half Street SW. While not under the footprint of the proposed stadium, the nightclub could be affected by related development.
Independent Journal Review reports on the views of NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley on the Trayvon Martin case.
I love Sir Charles, but he gives far too much credence to Zimmerman's version of the story. Unfortunately, Trayvon remained entirely mute throughout the trial.
Public Shaming skewers the racists who were outraged by the choice of New York native Marc Anthony to sing "God Bless America" at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.
The Blade reports that Maryland Del. Emmett C Burns, Jr. has announced he will not seek re-election to his seat representing Baltimore County. He was the guy who tried to get the Ravens to muzzle outspokenly pro-gay linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.
All I can say to Del. Burns is, don't let the door hit your butt on the way out.
Brendon and his son Amadeus Prime can be seen below, posing for the "NO H8" campaign. Amadeus underwent surgery earlier this week in Miami to correct a congenital heart defect, and is recovering well. Blessings to the little fighter and to the whole family.
John Aravisis shares this clip:
I LOVE this. It’s a short clip from 1995 of the semi-final round of a kickboxing tournament in Tokyo, Japan. In the ring are Mike Bernardo of South Africa and Jerome Le Banner of France.
Both boxers get really close, right before the fight starts, in an attempt to psyche each other out. Then something happens. This is why I love the French.
Tulsa is using the Trail of Tears to market its 2024 Olympics bid. This is shameful, but no more so than the fact that the man who signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 is honored on our $20 bill.
(Photo of President Andrew Jackson)
LeBron James seals his second straight NBA championship with this jump shot to give the Miami Heat a 4-point lead over the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 of the NBA finals. Below, at the 3 minute mark, Bill Russell gives LeBron the MVP trophy.
Religious News Service reports. Imagine a similar announcement being made in Rome by Holy Mother the Church, Inc.
Out NBA veteran Jason Collins was on hand at Boston's fabled Fenway Park the other evening to throw out the first pitch on Pride Night for the Red Sox. Here he signs autographs for some young sports fans. It must kill the bigots to see the smiles on these young faces. Somewhere outside the stadium the hateful trolls of MassResistance were spewing their usual bile. The Sox nonetheless won, thanks in part to a homer by David Ortiz. Collins bore the number 98 on his Red Sox jersey, the same number he chose for his basketball jersey last season with the Celtics and the Wizards in tribute to Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in a notorious anti-gay hate crime in 1998.
The star of yesterday's game against the Seattle Sounders for LA Galaxy was striker Robbie Keane, who earned the first hat-trick (three goals in one game) of his MLS career. But Robbie Rogers entered the game in the 77th minute, making it his first MLS game since coming out as a gay athlete. In a pre-game interview he said he hoped the score would be 4-0 Galaxy when he entered so he could just enjoy himself, and that's just what it was. As he said after the game, his true test will come later. But he received a warm welcome from the fans. Now he can focus on helping his team win. The moment he was announced and ran onto the field was a great moment for gays in professional sports.
More sports history being made. Cyd Zeigler reports at OutSports:
The Los Angeles Galaxy officially announced their acquisition of Robbie Rogers today at the Home Depot Center. Rogers is the first-ever openly gay active player in Major League Soccer.
"He offers qualities we've been looking for," said Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, focusing on Rogers' on-field play. "So we're hopeful in time Robbie's going to demonstrate the kinds of qualities he has previously in this league."
If the team can get the proper clearances in time, Rogers will be part of the Galaxy's 18-man roster on Sunday when they host the Seattle Sounders. Rogers last played in MLS for the Columbus Crew in 2011. He previously won the MLS Cup with the Crew in 2008.
Congrats to Robbie and L.A. Galaxy.
Amid the continued violence, the need for role models is all the more clear. This guy is golden.
Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper runs face-first into a wall. The Nats won the game, but let's hope he recovers and doesn't forget the reason for the warning track again.
A lovely video from Freedom to Marry on Audrey Smaltz and her wife, former Olympian Gail Marquis.
Allen Barra writes in The Atlantic:
This week's coming out by NBA player Jason Collins is momentous, but the Jackie Robinson of gay rights was Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's from 1976 to 1979. He tried to change sports culture three decades ago—but back then, unlike now, sports culture wasn't ready for a change.
Burke made no secret of his sexual orientation to the Dodgers front office, his teammates, or friends in either league. He also talked freely with sportswriters, though all of them ended up shaking their heads and telling him they couldn't write that in their papers. Burke was so open about his sexuality that the Dodgers tried to talk him into participating in a sham marriage. (He wrote in his autobiography that the team offered him $75,000 to go along with the ruse.) He refused. In a bit of irony that would seem farcical if it wasn't so tragic, one of the Dodgers who tried to talk Burke into getting "married," was his manager, Tommy Lasorda, whose son Tom Jr. died from AIDS complications in 1991. To this day, Lasorda Sr. refuses to acknowledge his son's homosexuality.
Oprah Winfrey's interview with Jason Collins and his family will air on Sunday, May 5 at 7:30/6:30c on OWN. In this clip, Oprah asks Jason's twin brother Jarron about the day last summer when Jason told him he was gay. The easy humor of these brothers just shines.
Jason Collins is interviewed by Bill Simmons at grantland.com. Jason's voice is smooth. It's like a cat purring; it comes right over and snuggles up next to you. With it he conveys maturity, seasoning, thoughtfulness, self-assuredness, and a winning sense of humor. I bet a lot of listeners forget to put up their defenses and are more receptive than they might be otherwise. When his NBA career is over (which I hope is not yet), he can make a fortune with that voice and the character that it helps convey. This guy is solid. This extended interview makes that evident.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel objects to Jason Collins coming out as a gay man:
Straight people are not announcing they’re straight, so why does everybody have to announce their sexuality or whatever? You know, what they prefer…So that’s just how I see it. That’s my opinion on things. All respect you know, I have nothing but respect for the people whoever decisions they make and whatever, but you know, you don’t have to show it and flaunt it like that. You know what I’m saying, we have kids out here, too.
Yeah, it's been a veritable flood. "Everybody" is doing it. Somehow, anything but complete invisibility constitutes shoving "it" in people's faces. Of course, Jason Collins did not discuss sex. That is Mr. Samuel's hangup. Our opponents persistently try to reduce us and our love lives to sex in a way they would never dream of doing to themselves. It is not a mere disagreement, it is a lie. And Jason Collins has made a large contribution toward discrediting it.
As this interview progresses, watching these veteran players kid each other is pretty damn wonderful. There is real respect here.
Saeed Jones writes on BuzzFeed that "black gay kids need heroes too."
The Daily Beast has retracted the erroneous Wednesday piece by Howard Kurtz on NBA player Jason Collins, who came out on Monday in Sports Illustrated. As I was typing that sentence, I learned that they have also parted ways with Kurtz.
Follow the links to get the rundown on Kurtz's amazingly clueless story. But I loved yesterday's Eat the Press telestrator (see pic below) showing how utterly wrong Kurtz was in his initial claim that Collins had not mentioned having once been engaged to a woman, a claim that showed Kurtz hadn't even read Collins's coming out story. But it was even worse than that. Kurtz showed a complete lack of understanding of the self-denial and pressure to conform endured by closeted gay people, even though Collins wrote about it quite lucidly.
As I said on Facebook earlier today, before Daily Beast dropped Kurtz: Mistah Kurtz, he done. (Apologies to fans of Joseph Conrad.)
I am quoted in this Time Magazine article by Sean Gregory on why sports is important in combatting homophobia.
ABC News reports:
Washington Wizards center Jason Collins’ jerseys got a boost in online sales after he became the first openly gay athlete on a major U.S. team sport.
Team spokesman Scott Hall told ABC News that 100 percent of custom jerseys ordered from the team’s online store bore Collins’ name and number, 98, on the back, after Collins revealed his homosexuality in an article published on Sports Illustrated’s website on Monday.
Collins began the first-person article, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”
While Hall could not reveal how many custom Collins jerseys were sold, he said that the team’s general merchandise sales and online traffic spiked following Collins’ announcement.
In a statement, the Wizards said they were proud of Collins and “his decision to live his life proudly and openly.”
Get your Collins 98 Wizards jersey here. Collins said that he chose the number 98 for his Celtics and Wizards jerseys this past season as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, a young man who was tortured and murdered in Wyoming in 1998 for being gay. If Collins has made a single wrong step, I haven't seen it. He is a pearl of great price, as Jesus would say.
The Jason Collins story is the third news item in this clip. Very funny.