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Local swim club celebrates a milestone

This spring marked the 30th anniversary of the Different Strokes Swim Team (DSST), San Diego’s LGBT swim club. DSST features a membership of over 100 men and women, while hundreds of other members have participated in team events in the past.

The origin of DSST dates back to 1985, when the group was formed in order to prepare for the first-ever Gay Games, held in San Francisco that year.

Portland, Oregon to host 2016 LGBT World Cup

PORTLAND, Oregon -- It's known as the gay world cup, and it’s coming to Rose City.

Portland has secured the bid for one of the biggest LGBT sporting events in the world, the 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship.

Portland, a surprise choice when pitted against a rival proposal from New York, won the bid after an extended deadline and a multi-agency effort to to bring the tournament to the Northwest. The dates have not been finalized

Renee Richards, transgender tennis icon, "still amazed"

Three decades since retiring her tennis racquet, the transgender athlete Renee Richards recalls her trailblazing years on the women’s professional tour in the 1970s.

For all the frenzy around Olympian Bruce Jenner’s reported decision to transition to a woman, the transgender pioneer Richards – born Richard Raskind – believes nothing could be tougher than what she endured in the 1970s.

WNBA’s Atlanta Dream star comes out as gay on Instagram

Angel McCoughtry, the star forward for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and an Olympic Gold medalist, came out as gay through her Instagram account on Tuesday after an apparent dispute with the Turkish team she played for during the U.S. off-season.

Turkish sports websites reported on McCoughtry and her girlfriend, actress Brande Elise, shortly after McCoughtry came out via Instagram.

Gay athletes plan protests over Indiana law around Final Four

Several prominent, openly gay athletes will be among those protesting the new Indiana religious freedom law this week, despite Gov. Mike Pence’s promise to "fix" the law before the Final Four begins on Saturday, according to local activists.

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College wrestling champion comes out

Former Ohio State NCAA champion wrestler Mike Pucillo opened up about his sexuality in a new interview with Open Mat's Jason Bryant.

Michael Sam: “I am not the only gay person in the NFL”

DALLAS, Texas -- Michael Sam is the only person to be drafted by the National Football League as an openly gay player, but he tells the media that he isn't alone.

Sam was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, but never played in a regular season game. He was cut, then later picked up by the Dallas Cowboys. He eventually was cut by the Cowboys after never appearing in a game.

But Sam attended the NFL Veterans Combine last weekend in Tucson and hopes to get another chance to play professional football. He is a defensive end.

NCAA voices concern after Indiana enacts bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- The NCAA issued a statement Thursday saying it would “closely examine the implications” of a bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that allows the state’s businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.”

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova stunned no male tennis player has come out

When Martina Navratilova revealed to the world that she was bisexual, way back in 1981, she endured a barrage of criticism and had to lose out on millions of dollars as many sponsors boycotted her.

Navratilova believed the decision was a wise one as she hoped it would inspire other athletes come out of the closet. However, 34 years on, while Navratilova has become one of the biggest icons for gay rights, she lamented the fact that not many athletes, especially tennis players, took her lead.

UMass guard Derrick Gordon says coming out let him focus on game

University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became a better basketball player and a better teammate this season, and he credits both to having the courage to play as an openly gay man.

Gordon became the first openly gay player in men's Division I college basketball when he came out last year, and it changed his life for the better in every way. He said he was unburdened on and off the court.