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Vietnam bans trans women from national football championships

Darren Wee | Gay Star News | February 2, 2015

The Vietnam Football Federation said Thursday (29 January) transgender woman are banned from the national women’s tournament when it kicks off in March.

‘The national championship is exclusively for women, so transsexuals will not be allowed,’ said Duong Nghiep Khoi, vice secretary of the federation.

‘This regulation is to ensure fair competition and for the development of Vietnam women’s football.’

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A Big, Gay Ad Is Going Up Outside Super Bowl Stadium

Photo: Courtesy of Scruff.

All eyes will be on Phoenix this Sunday for the Super Bowl. And, many of those eyes will be met by a big, gay-themed ad.

Dating app Scruff bought a billboard outside the University of Phoenix Stadium, just in time for the big game. The 48-foot ad shows two guys in a locker room making eyes at each other, with the slogan “Play On Our Team.” It’s a plug for the service, obviously, but also a nice addition to the (still pretty bro-ed out) world of sports and sports advertising.

In a press release, Scruff explained why it bought the ad: “At a time when professional NFL players like Michael Sam and Kwame Harris bravely come out to the world and some coaches admit to not wanting gay players on their teams, [Scruff]… is sending a message to the NFL — by putting up a Phoenix billboard advertisement that’s certain to start a conversation about perception and acceptance among both gay and straight sports fans.”

In a year that ended with marriage equality in more than 35 states, the NFL still lags behind. Sam, the star Missouri defensive end who made headlines for kissing his boyfriend on TV when he got drafted by the Rams, got cut before the season started — leaving the nearly 1,700-player NFL without an openly gay player.

But, while we wait for professional sports to catch up, it’s nice to know that gay athletes and fans will have a little representation at the Super Bowl this year.

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Citizens foot the bill for Super Bowl security, NFL makes millions

Olympic Committee Will Add Sexual Orientation To Charter’s Non-Discrimination Language

Curtis M. Wong | Huffington Post | December 8, 2014

In what’s already being hailed as “a great step forward,” the International Olympic Committee has taken a significant move against future intolerance toward the lesbian, gay and bisexual community in the Olympic Games.

The Chicago Tribune reports that IOC members unanimously voted to approve a recommendation which adds non-discrimination language regarding sexual orientation to the Olympic Charter.

“The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,” the Charter now reads, according to the publication.

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The Meteoric Rise And Fall Of The Mighty Michael Sam

Graham Gremore | Queerty | December 8, 2014


Last week, Michael Sam suggested to paparazzi that he was forced out of the NFL for being gay.

“Do you think with you coming out it affected your ability to play?” he was asked.

“I was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year last year,” Sam replied. “So I don’t think it had to do with talent.”

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Michael Sam proves coming out gay in sport can still hurt your career

Chris Morgan | Gay Star Magazine | November 5, 2014

In my last GSN column I asked if the NFL was being homophobic in its treatment of Michael Sam?

This was directly after he had been cut from the St Louis Rams and was just about to be been picked up by the Dallas Cowboys to be part of their practice squad.

At the time it was quite apparent that this was not a good position for Sam to find himself in, so for him now to have been cut from his second team in only a matter of weeks it leaves some serious questions to be answered?

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Cowboys release Michael Sam

Associated Press | South Florida Gay News | October 22, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys released defensive end Michael Sam from the practice squad Tuesday, another setback as the NFL’s first openly gay player tries to make an active roster during the regular season for the first time.

Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after signing to their practice squad on Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason.

“I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support,” Sam said in a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon. “While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”

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