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The minute Jason Collins became the first openly gay man in the NBA, I had a feeling it would open the floodgates for more athletes to take the plunge. In fact, the positive reaction Collins received inspired Derrick Gordon to follow suit.

The University of Massachusetts sophomore is the latest athlete to publicly come out as gay. He makes history as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s college basketball. I have a feeling 2014 will be remembered as the year of the gay athlete.

“I just didn’t want to hide anymore, in any way,” Gordon told ESPN. “I didn’t want to have to lie or sneak. I’ve been waiting and watching for the last few months, wondering when a Division I player would come out, and finally I just said, ‘Why not me?’”

Gordon revealed his basketball coach Derek Kellogg helped him break the news to his teammates.

“We’re all here together, and we need to love each other for who we are,” Coach Derek said to the team. “One of your family members, your brother, wants to let you know something about himself.” And then Coach Kellogg said, “I wanted to let you all know I’m gay.”

Derrick then interjected, “No, he’s not. But I am.” Check out his interview with ESPN below.

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Swedish Football Player Comes Out

In: Donovan, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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It appears football across the pond is a lot gayer than it is in North America. Earlier this week, Italian football team, the Bergamo Lions, filmed a anti-homophobia PSA. Now, we have an openly gay professional football player. 22-year-old Marcus Juhlin made it official by coming out on the latest issue of Sweden’s largest gay magazine, QX. Here’s a portion of what he told the publication. Translated via Google translator of course.

“I’ve known me since I was in middle school that I was not like everyone else, says Marcus. It’s hard to explain, but I had one of those “ask chance on” girlfriend in sixth grade, but it never felt right. It was fun to hang out with my guy friends over to kiss her and hold her hand. Girls were boring and I know that I thought “I can not spend a whole life with a girl” – Marcus Julin

The wide receiver for the Carlstad Crusaders has won four straight national championships. He plays alongside two of his brothers on the squad. Juhlin attributes Michael Sam as inspiration for going public. Check out more pictures of Marcus below, along with the titillating PSA filmed by an Italian football team.

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Neon Trees Frontman Tyler Glenn Comes Out

In: Donovan, Music, Totally GAY!
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Tyler Glenn is the lead singer for American alternative rock band Neon Trees. They’re best known for their Top 10 hit, “Everybody Talks” which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 2011. The 30-year-old singer just publicly came out in an interview featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone on stands this Friday, March 28. The Mormon-raised singer reveals he’s known he was gay since a young child but kept his sexuality a secret until now.

“I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties,” he admits. “Then I’d be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world.”

Glenn began telling close friends and family members in October 2013 as he was finishing writing songs for Neon Tree’s forthcoming third studio album, Pop Psychology. Reportedly, many of the tracks address his years in the closet. What inspired him to publicly come out is the variety of men and women recently going public, especially professional athletes.

I really love all of the sports figures that are coming out recently,” he says. “I appreciated Michael Sam was like, ‘I want to be able to go to the movies and hold hands with my boyfriend.’ Even hearing him say ‘boyfriend,’ I was just like, that’s cool.”

Congrats to Tyler Glenn for finding the courage to come out. Welcome to the family, gurl ;) Check out Neon Trees’ breakout hit below.

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During an interview with Game of Thrones fansite Winter Is Coming, Kristian Nairn who plays the beloved character Hodor came out as gay. The topic came up when the 38-year-old actor was informed that he had a big following in the gay community. Nairn replied to the blog, “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about the gay community you are talking about MY community, haha.”

Kristian added, “I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99 percent or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that.”

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Arizona Senator Comes Out

In: Donovan, Politics & Issues, Totally GAY!
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A week after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona’s controversial bill, SB 1062, Senator Steve Gallardo has publicly come out. The 44-year-old politician told the Phoenix New Times it wasn’t a secret, and he came out to his friends and devout Catholic family members 19 years ago. He was inspired to formally announce his sexuality after witnessing all the 1062 protesters.

After I stood up on the floor and argued against 1062, as I’ve done on many bills before, I sat down and said, ‘Wow. This bill affects me. It affects me directly.’”

“Seeing the people out there, protesting. I thought it’s time,” Gallardo says. “It’s time to let people know about me. And to send people a message. I’m more interested in letting people who struggle with this know that it’s okay.”

Called the “religious protections” bill, it would’ve allowed business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gays and lesbians. It was referred to as state-sanctioned discrimination. On Wednesday February 27, the Governor Brewer vetoed the bill, saying it “could result in unintended and negative consequences.” She added, “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 could create more problems than it purports to solve.”

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Ellen Page celebrated Valentine’s Day by learning to love herself. After years of emotional internal suffering about her sexuality, the Juno actress publicly came out during a speech she gave at an LGBT conference in Las Vegas. She proudly told the audience “I’m here today because I am gay.” The crowd reaction was, as expected, a rousing joyous welcoming one.

The 26-year-old actress also said that she had decided to publicly declare her sexuality because she was “tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”

Check out her powerful speech at “Time to THRIVE” below, along with a barrage of congratulations from her fellow celebrities via Twitter. The big moment occurred at the 5:20 mark.

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“I’m not afraid to tell the world who I am. I’m Michael Sam: I’m a college graduate. I’m African American, and I’m gay. I’m comfortable in my skin.”

Given that the Associated Press selected Sam as their SEC Defensive Player of the Year, it’s almost a given that he’ll be picked by a team during the NFL draft in May. If that happens and no other NFL athlete comes out in the meantime, the defensive lineman from Missouri could make history as the league’s first openly gay athlete.

“I understand how big this is,” he said. “It’s a big deal. No one has done this before. And it’s kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be … I want to be a football player in the NFL.”

Michael Sam publicly came out on Sunday during an interview with ESPN’s Outside The Lines. He also revealed that his coaches and teammates at Mizzou have known since August about his sexual orientation.

For the most part, several NFL athletes have publicly praised and commended Michael for his courage. Included in that bunch is Super Bowl MVP, Seattle Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith. The league itself also issued a statement declaring their admiration for the young athlete.

“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello said in the statement. “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”

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Football wasn’t the only sport making headlines Sunday. Olympic swimming garnered a bit of press as well thanks to Ari-Pekka Liukkonen. The 24-year-old publicly came out as gay, becoming the first active Finnish athlete to do so.

Liukkonen revealed to Finnish publication Yle that he’s thought of coming out for some time but thought the timing was right now to raise awareness for Russia’s anti-gay legislation before the Sochi Olympics.

“I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others,” Liukkonen said to Yle.

He reveals he came out to his family a couple of years ago and that they’ve been very accepting. Ari-Pekka competed at the 2012 London Olympics. That same year he took home a bronze at the European championships. Check out more pictures of Liukkonen below. Welcome to the family.

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