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Robbie Rogers: FIFA “insane” to host World Cups in Russia, Qatar

LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers has spoken out about FIFA’s decision to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar, respectively.

The highest profile active soccer player to come out as being gay, Rogers has had plenty of the media spotlight on him over the past 18 months. Since he left English soccer and Leeds United in 2013 to head back to Major League Soccer and play for the LA Galaxy, Rogers has excelled in a new left back role and helped lead LA to the 2014 MLS Cup title in his first full season back in the league.

Warwick Rowers fighting homophobia, fully naked (NSFW)

The Warwick Rowers, everyone's favorite naked college athletic organization and international queer allies, have released another video this week that leaves very little to the imagination.

The eight minute NSFW video depicts the men rowing and discussing the logistics of playing their sport while completely naked. Check it out above.

Don't forget to buy the Warwick Rowers calendar, the proceeds of which go towards fighting homophobia.

Hulk Hogan: Pro wrestling has moved past its "barbaric mindset" about gays

Judgments about someone's sexuality have no place in professional wrestling, said Hulk Hogan. During a recent interview, the legendary grappler -- arguably the biggest name in sports entertainment history -- stated the industry has moved past the "barbaric mindset" which once made it unsafe for athletes to be openly gay.

"I think everybody's been reeducated, so it's not that big a deal," said Hogan when asked about the spate of professional athletes, including World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Darren Young, who have come out in recent years.

Gay skiing legend: We need more support from IOC

Openly gay ski legend Anja Paerson says the IOC is out of touch on LGBT issues and that she has little confidence that recent changes to the Olympic Charter will prevent discrimination in the future.

Sweden's Paerson, who retired in 2012 after a glittering career which included Olympic gold and seven world championship titles, claims the IOC should have taken a firmer stance in the controversial build-up to 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

Pepperdine University, women's BB coach sued over anti-gay bias

LOS ANGELES, California -- Pepperdine University and its basketball coach shattered the dreams of a lesbian couple for a better education and furthering their basketball careers through such pervasive harassment that it drove one of the women to attempt suicide, the couple claims in a civil rights action filed in Los Angeles state court.

IOC moves to support gay rights in Olympics

MONACO -- Nine months after a Sochi Winter Olympics embattled by the host country’s anti-gay legislation, the International Olympic Committee took a philosophical stand Monday against future intolerance surrounding an Olympic Games.

Olympic figure skating silver medalist comes out

Eric Radford grew up in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, a town of about 4,000 that’s northwest of Thunder Bay, hard by the Manitoba border.

It wasn’t an easy environment for a kid with a lisp and mannerisms that fit the gay stereotype. He was teased, called names and subjected to gay slurs.

“I had a lot of bullying,” he says. It’s clear that even now it’s a hard thing for him to talk about. The conversation has uncomfortable pauses. “Yeah, I did,” he says, leaving it to hang there.

Minnesota: High school league votes to let transgender athletes pick their teams

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minnesota — After months of review, the Minnesota State High School League voted 18-1, with one abstention, on Thursday to let transgender athletes play on the sport teams that best align with their gender identity.

The decision came at a packed hearing where more than 20 speakers addressed the high school league board before the vote.

Torii Hunter of Twins calls reporter "prick" for asking about his anti-gay views

Torii Hunter is an anti-gay bigot. This is something he has proven with his own words on multiple occasions. Yesterday, at the press conference to announce the one-year, $10.5 million deal he signed to return to the Minnesota Twins, beat writer Mike Berardino of the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press asked him about those beliefs — specifically, in the context of how Hunter thought supporting Arkansas Republican Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson in his recent election had affected his free agency.

Hunter's response:

Michael Sam: I'm not in the NFL ... because I'm gay

LOS ANGELES, California -- Michael Sam believes he's not on a NFL roster because of the fact he's openly gay -- telling TMZ Sports he strongly believes he's got the talent to play in the league.

Sam was at LAX this morning when he was asked if he thinks NFL teams are shying away from him because of his sexual orientation ... or if it has to do with the level of talent he faced after college.

"I think I was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year last year ... so I don't think it had to do with talent."

Translation -- he believes he's on the outs because he's out.

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