Tag Archive | Jason Collins

US: Gay or bisexual players on every pro football team, says former footballer

US: Gay or bisexual players on every pro football team, says former footballer

Every US National Football League team has at least one gay or bisexual player, according to openly gay former player Ryan O’Callaghan, but they fear backlash for coming out, including losing sponsorships or even their place on the roster. Since publicly sharing his sexual orientation in 2017, O’Callaghan said he regularly hears from closeted current […]

US: Out Jason Collins still awaits next openly gay athlete

US: Out Jason Collins still awaits next openly gay athlete

(Reuters) – Jason Collins made history in 2013 when he became the first openly gay athlete in one of the four major North American professional sports leagues, and the former NBA player wishes more men would follow the trail he helped blaze. A growing number of high-profile Olympic athletes have come out in recent years, but Collins […]

US: Florida Gay Pulse Club To Become Memorial To Shooting Victims

US: Florida Gay Pulse Club To Become Memorial To Shooting Victims

(Reuters) A memorial will be created at the gay nightclub in Florida, dedicated to the 49 people who were killed in June 2016 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, its owner said on Thursday. Pulse nightclub owner, Barbara Poma, said details would be determined with input from the affected community in Orlando, […]

BREAKING: Wal-Mart CEO Asks Governor Hutchinson to Veto H.B. 1228

BREAKING: Wal-Mart CEO Asks Governor Hutchinson to Veto H.B. 1228

In response to the Arkansas House sending Governor Asa Hutchinson H.B. 1228 to sign into law, Wal-Mart released a statement from its CEO, Doug McMillan, asking the governor to veto the bill. H.B. 1228 would permit discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state based on “sincerely-held religious […]

Openly-gay NBA Player Jason Collins Announces His Retirement

Former Net and openly-gay Jason Collins (35) announces his retirement from the NBA prior to the Brooklyn Nets taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Video by William Perlman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Watch: YouTube Releases #ProudToPlay Video In Support of LGBT Athletes

YouTube has kicked off its coverage of LGBT Pride Month with a video in support of LGBT athletes, starring Robbie Rogers, Collins and including clips of many other well known figures. “We applaud the courage and openness of athletes at all levels who have come out,” YouTube said in a statement, “and admire their teammates, […]

IOC and Sochi: Jason Collins and Martina Navratilova Speak Out

IOC and Sochi: Jason Collins and Martina Navratilova Speak Out

Marking International Human Rights Day, both basketball-player Jason Collins and tennis champion Martina Navratilova spoke out yesterday at the United Nations. They said that the International Olympic Commitee (IOC) had not done enough ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics to defend the rights of gay athletes, and also that emphasis should also be placed on […]