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Missouri All-American defensive end, a projected mid-round draft prospect, Michael Sam is poised to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. (credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

First Lady To Likely First Openly Gay NFL Player: ‘You’re An Inspiration To All Of Us’

Michelle Obama is among the athletes, celebrities and dignitaries lending support to Michael Sam after the Missouri All-American and NFL prospect announced that he is gay.

02/10/2014

Netherlands' Ireen Wust celebrates on the podium during the Flower Ceremony after winning the gold medal in the Women's Speed Skating 3000 m at the Adler Arena during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (credit: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

Gold For Speedskater Is First Openly Gay Athlete To Medal In Sochi

Wust claimed a speedskating gold medal at her third straight Winter Olympics, knocking off defending champion Martina Sablikova in the 3,000 meters Sunday. That made the Netherlands 2-for-2 at Adler Arena, the world’s dominant speedskating nation living up to his billing through the first weekend in Sochi. Wust became the first openly gay athlete to win a medal at the Sochi Games.

02/09/2014

Charlotte Bobcats v Boston Celtics

Collins’ Announcement Raises the Volume on Pundits and Commentary

Jason Collins rattled the status quo Monday by becoming the first openly gay athlete in any of the four major American sports. The 24 hours that have followed the landmark announcement have served as a litmus test for society’s reaction when a superstar athlete follows in his footsteps.

04/30/2013

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