372 posts categorized "Sports"

August 24, 2016

"Al Roker Gives Ryan Lochte All the Shade He Deserves"

Ciara and Russell Wilson moved wedding to London after NC's HB2

Good for them.

August 23, 2016

Podcast: Rio Olympics were the gayest ever

Olympian Feyisa Lilesa stood up to Ethopia's violence & became a hero

Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa cannot safely return to Ethiopia because of his brave protest against his government's brutal oppression of the Oromo people. I have an Oromo friend who has been sending me firsthand reports of the government violence. It is sickening. If Lilesa wants to come to America, we should welcome him.

August 18, 2016

Derrick Gordon: I didn't get a fair shot at the NBA because I'm gay

Rio Summer Games go down as the gayest Olympics ever

Tyson Gay: going for gold, wearing gold

Very nice.

August 17, 2016

Japanese pole vaulter hits back at foreign media

What can I say?

US gymnast Danell Leyva promises to help the LGBT community achieve equality

August 14, 2016

Army Sec. Fanning, Jason Collins to attend Olympics closing ceremony

August 12, 2016

NBC Sports has a gay problem


Daily Beast deletes gay Olympian Grindr article. Nice Hines & editors should be next.

Nico Hines and the Daily Beast put gay Olympians from oppressive countries at risk, and took a full day before taking the exploitive article down. I agree with Cyd Ziegler and Amina Fonua.

August 04, 2016

WNBA star, U.S. Olympian Elena Della Donne comes out publicly

Anti-LGBT violence, impeachment of Rousseff threaten to overshadow Olympics

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.