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GLCCB organizing 'Orioles Outings' for LGBT baseball fans this summer

GLCCB organizing 'Orioles Outings' for LGBT baseball fans this summer

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore is organizing to bring LGBT baseball fans together at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this summer.  Read more

Looking Out: Tom Daley is gay. Don't say, 'I told you so.'

Looking Out: Tom Daley is gay. Don't say, 'I told you so.'

Don't say, "I told you so," but British diver Tom Daley is gay.  Read more

Bill would ban 'self-declared homosexual football players' from NFL

Bill would ban 'self-declared homosexual football players' from NFL

The Republican lobbyist who was seemingly grandstanding all week about introducing legislation to ban out players from the NFL has released the text of the proposed bill.  Read more

Looking Out: Jason Collins' jersey is NBA's top-seller

Looking Out: Jason Collins' jersey is NBA's top-seller

He's 35, he only has a 10-day contract and it looks like he might be near the end of his career, but Jason Collins apparently has the NBA's top-selling jersey.  Read more

Ravens' Torrey Smith supports Michael Sam on new blog

Ravens' Torrey Smith supports Michael Sam on new blog

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith took to his new blog Wednesday to show support for University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who came out publicly Sunday night.  Read more

Olympic officials tackle gay protester on Olympic torch route

Olympic officials tackle gay protester on Olympic torch route

Those wondering how Russia will treat LGBT rights protesters when the Sochi Olympics begin in February might have their answer.  Read more

Is the LGBT community twisting Tom Daley's words?

Is the LGBT community twisting Tom Daley's words?

The gay world went all abuzz today with the news that British diver Tom Daley had announced in a YouTube video that he is gay.  Read more

Post-football, Ayanbadejo is reshaping LGBT advocacy in sports world

Post-football, Ayanbadejo is reshaping LGBT advocacy in sports world

Growing up as a mixed-race kid in Chicago and in his father's native Nigeria, where he really stood out, Brendon Ayanbadejo became attuned to issues of identity from a very young age.  Read more

Looking Out: IOC 'fully satisfied' that Russia anti-gay law doesn't violate Olympic charter

Looking Out: IOC 'fully satisfied' that Russia anti-gay law doesn't violate Olympic charter

In news as infuriating as it is unsurprising, International Olympic Committee officials said Thursday they were "fully satisfied" that a Russian law barring gay propaganda doesn't violate the Olympic charter's anti-discrimination language, the Washington Post reports.  Read more

Olympics committee can't do anything about Russia's anti-gay law, president says

Olympics committee can't do anything about Russia's anti-gay law, president says

Amid growing concern from sponsors over the 2014 Sochi Olympics, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge acknowledged his organization does not have the authority to influence the enforcement or repeal of Russia's "gay propaganda" law.  Read more

'Blade' sports issue edited by Ayanbadejo hits newsstands

'Blade' sports issue edited by Ayanbadejo hits newsstands

Remember a couple months back when the Washington Blade promised an issue dedicated to sports and edited by former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo?  Read more

'Mayor' of Sochi Olympic Village criticizes athletes for supporting LGBT rights

'Mayor' of Sochi Olympic Village criticizes athletes for supporting LGBT rights

Russian pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who is tasked with welcoming international athletes at one of Sochi's two Olympic Villages in 2014, criticized fellow athletes Thursday for painting their fingernails in rainbow colors to support LGBT rights in Russia.  Read more

FIFA asks 2018 World Cup host Russia to explain anti-gay law

FIFA asks 2018 World Cup host Russia to explain anti-gay law

Likely sensing that uproar over Russia's anti-gay law isn't going away, FIFA says it has asked Russia for "clarification and more details" about the country's law ahead of the 2018 World Cup being held there, the Associated Press reports.  Read more

Global petition urges IOC to decry Russia's anti-gay laws

Global petition urges IOC to decry Russia's anti-gay laws

LGBT advocacy group All Out is set to deliver a petition Wednesday afternoon that asks the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to condemn Russia's anti-LGBT legislation as the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi approach.  Read more

Obama has 'no patience' for Russia's anti-gay stance

Obama has 'no patience' for Russia's anti-gay stance

In a broad-ranging interview on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama addressed Russia's recently passed anti-gay laws by saying he has "no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them."  Read more

NBC Olympics coverage will address Russia anti-gay issues - if they impact games

NBC Olympics coverage will address Russia anti-gay issues - if they impact games

As concern grows over how Russia's anti-gay laws might affect the upcoming winter Olympics, NBC Sports executive Mark Lazarus told members of the press that the network will "address those issues as they are relevant at the time of the Games, as has always been done by NBC’s coverage."  Read more

Looking Out: Olympic committee says Russia's anti-gay law won't affect Games

Looking Out: Olympic committee says Russia's anti-gay law won't affect Games

After mounting concern about how Russia's anti-gay law would affect athletes headed to next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee has finally released a statement saying it will "work to ensure" no discrimination against LGBT participants.  Read more

Major League Baseball to strengthen policies against harassment over sexual orientation

Major League Baseball to strengthen policies against harassment over sexual orientation

Major League Baseball will announce Tuesday a new policy to protect players from discrimination and harassment based on sexual-orientation, according to a report from The Associated Press.  Read more

Ravens' Suggs, NFL players lend names to LGBT Pride shirts

Ravens' Suggs, NFL players lend names to LGBT Pride shirts

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is among a group of football players who have put their names and jersey numbers on a T-shirt line that celebrates LGBT Pride Month.  Read more

Major League Soccer kicks up anti-discrimination efforts with new partnership

Major League Soccer kicks up anti-discrimination efforts with new partnership

Now that Major League Soccer has its first openly gay player, the league is launching a new effort to tackle anti-gay attitudes and encourage inclusion in its ranks.  Read more

Former Raven Ayanbadejo to edit sports-themed LGBT publication

Former Raven Ayanbadejo to edit sports-themed LGBT publication

Former Ravens linebacker and outspoken same-sex marriage advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo is turning his attention from playing time to publishing.  Read more

Robbie Rogers, gay midfielder, makes barrier-busting a reality

Robbie Rogers, gay midfielder, makes barrier-busting a reality

This time, it played out in real life -- not on the pages of Sports Illustrated, but on the pitch.  Read more

Brittney Griner says college coach told her not to discuss sexuality

Brittney Griner says college coach told her not to discuss sexuality

Jason Collins' coming out received large media fanfare. Brittney Griner's was met with something close to a yawn.  Read more

Openly gay athletes supported by most Americans, poll finds

Openly gay athletes supported by most Americans, poll finds

Almost three weeks after NBA player Jason Collins became the first openly gay active male athlete in a major American sport -- and yes, all those qualifiers are necessary -- new polling data shows a majority of Americans wouldn't care if their favorite athlete was gay.  Read more

ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Kevin Rector joined The Sun as a breaking news and general assignment reporter in 2012, after working for years as a reporter in Baltimore's suburbs. An Ellicott City native, Rector attended high school at Loyola Blakefield in Towson and graduated in 2007 from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also pursued a concentration in LGBT Studies and participated in the university's LGBT Speaker's Bureau. He also spent a summer learning about grassroots advocacy as an intern at Equality Maryland, and has written often on LGBT issues. In 2010, Rector spent a year away from journalism in rural southern Africa, as a fellow with a nonprofit fighting childhood HIV/AIDS and malnutrition.

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