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Turkey’s first openly gay referee gets German anti-homophobia award

BERLIN, Germany -- A Turkish referee who was dropped by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) after coming out as gay has received the Respect Award, given Nov. 24 annually by the Berlin-based LGBT rights nongovernmental organization Alliance Against Homophobia.

Halil İbrahim Dinçdağ, 38, acknowledged that he was gay in 2009 while he was an official in a lower division in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. The TFF then unilaterally expelled him on the grounds that he had been exempted from military service due to his sexual orientation.

Gay soccer star Robbie Rogers on his memoir, boyfriend and locker room talk

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- The spacious events hub Spectra at the Pacific Design Center played host to a number of heavy hitters just after sunset on Nov. 13 when Maria Shriver rubbed elbows with writer-director-producer Greg Berlanti, producer Donald De Line chatted up producer Laurence Mark, and DreamWorks' Chip Sullivan joked with Disney/ABC Television Group's Kevin Brockman. On the surface, the bash may have looked like a typical gathering of the industry's boldfaced names but this party featured a purpose and an athletically-gifted star.

First openly gay NBA player to retire

(Editor's note: This story appears in the Nov. 24, 2014, issue of Sports Illustrated.

It has been 18 exhilarating months since I came out in Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay man in one of the four major professional team sports. And it has been nine months since I signed with the Nets and became the first openly gay male athlete to appear in a game in one of those leagues. It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.

Michael Sam lands on GQ's "Men of the Year" cover

The first openly gay player in the National Football League has landed on the cover of GQ's "The Men of the Year" edition coming in December.

Michael Sam, dressed in formal attire, is featured on one of the six covers published for edition titled "The Men of the Year Starring Michael Sam and the 97 People Who Killed It in 2014."

The five celebrities making the other CQ covers are comedian Dave Chappelle, "Foxcatcher" star Steve Carell, "Guardians Of The Galaxy" star Chris Pratt, and "The Fault In Our Stars" actors Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley.

LA Galaxy sign Robbie Rogers to multi-year contract extension

CARSON, California – The LA Galaxy announced Thursday that the club has signed defender Robbie Rogers to a multi-year contract extension. Rogers, an MLS veteran and former U.S. Men’s National Team member, joined in Galaxy in May 2013 and has made 30 appearances and 22 starts as a member of the Galaxy.

Max Lenox's amazing journey to much-admired Army hoops captain

Max Lenox was born to a crack-addicted black mother and raised by two white gay fathers who helped shape him into the much-admired captain of Army basketball.

Read his amazing story, written by S.L. Price of Sports Illustrated. And watch the video below.


Dallas Cowboys waive Michael Sam from practice squad

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys waived defensive end Michael Sam from their practice squad and signed linebacker Troy Davis.

Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted, signed with the Cowboys on Sept. 3 after he was among the final cuts of the St. Louis Rams.

Coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli praised Sam's work in practice.

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In Poland, LGBT find an ally in former boxing world champion

WARSAW — In conservative Poland, where even the greatest optimists have lost hope that we’ll ever have sex ed in schools, to say nothing of same-sex unions, our latest progressive leader has come from an unlikely place: professional boxing. Dariusz Michalczewski, a world-famous pugilist who goes by the nickname Tiger, recently made headlines by announcing his support for one of the country’s most prominent gay rights groups, Shoulder to Shoulder on Equality — L.G.B.T. and Friends, by appearing in a photograph with a sign reading, “I am an ally of L.G.B.T.

IOC adds non-discrimination clause to Olympic Charter

After facing a backlash for allowing the recent Olympics to be held in Russia, a nation with anti-gay laws, the International Oympic Committee (IOC) has added a non-discrimination clause to its contract with any future host city.

The clause will apply to all three 2022 candidates for the Olympics - Oslo, Beijing and Almaty.

Michael Sam added to Dallas Cowboys practice squad

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the National Football League.

Sam, who starred on defense with the Missouri Tigers, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and cut last week. The Rams have a sturdy defense and a glut of talented players at the same position that Sam plays.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, have a leaky defense and needs help with pass rushing since their star rusher DeMarcus Ware signed elsewhere. The defense reeked during the four preseason games.

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