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Jason Collins, NBA's First Openly Gay Player, Announces Retirement

Jason Collins

Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, has announced he's retiring from the league.

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St. Louis Rams Draft First Openly Gay Player Michael Sam

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The St. Louis Rams have drafted defensive end Michael Sam, who will become the NFL's first openly gay player.

Sam was selected Saturday in the seventh round as the 249th overall pick. 

The former University of Missouri player came out in February, saying: "I want to own my truth. ... No one else should tell my story but me."

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Orange Is the New Black, Elementary Win GLAAD Awards

Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black, Elementary and the film Philomena were among the winners at the second evening of the GLAAD Media Awards, which took place Saturday in New York City.

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Jason Collins Signs with Brooklyn Nets, Becomes NBA's First Openly Gay Player

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Jason Collins has signed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets, making him the first openly gay player in the NBA.

The Nets signed Collins — who came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated article last year — to a 10-day contract on Sunday. Collins, 35, has been a free agent since coming out and last played for the Washington Wizards.

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College Football Player and NFL Prospect Michael Sam: "I Am an Openly, Proud Gay Man"

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University of Missouri football player Michael Sam has publicly come out as gay, potentially making him the first openly gay active NFL player should he be drafted.

In an interview with ESPN, the All-American defensive lineman says his teammates and coach have known of his sexual orientation since August.

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Howard Kurtz to Make Fox News Debut in September

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Howard Kurtz's new series MediaBuzz will premiere on Fox News Channel in early September, the network announced Monday.

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Oprah Asks Jason Collins About the "Stigma" of Being a Gay African-American

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Being the first active male athlete in one of the major professional sports to come out was a pretty big hurdle in itself, according to Jason Collins, who revealed that he's gay in an essay for Sports Illustrated last week. But doing so as an African-American added "another dimension" to his revelation, the NBA player tells Oprah Winfrey.

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VIDEO: Howard Kurtz Apologizes for Jason Collins Error

Jason Collin, Howard Kurtz

Howard Kurtz wasted no time in addressing the elephant in the room on his weekly CNN show Reliable Sources Sunday, as he issued an on-air apology to NBA player Jason Collins at the start of the program.

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Daily Beast Fires Howard Kurtz Following Jason Collins Error

Howard Kurtz

The Daily Beast has fired columnist Howard Kurtz after he included an erroneous error in his story about NBA player Jason Collins' coming out, the news organization announced on Thursday.

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Oprah to Interview Jason Collins and Family For Oprah's Next Chapter

Jason Collins, Jarron Collins

Jason Collins, the first male athlete to come out while being active in a major professional sport, will sit down with Oprah for his first interview with his family since he made headlines earlier this week.

The special episode of Oprah's Next Chapter (Sunday, 8/7c on OWN) will feature the 34-year-old Washington Wizards center along with his twin brother, former NBA player Jarron Collins, his parents Portia and Paul, his sister-in-law Elsa and his aunt Teri Jackson, the first family member that Jason came out to.

What advice did Lance Bass give Jason Collins about coming out?


"I'm happy to start the conversation," Collins said in his Sports Illustrated essay that he came out in. "I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

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