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Nigerian Football Federation Kicks Women Off Team For Being Lesbian

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Nigerian Football Federation Kicks Woman Off Team For Being Lesbian

This is sick.

The Nigerian Football Federation has been conducting a witch hunt to find lesbians in the national soccer team and ban them from playing in World Cup 2011.

FIFA NEEDS to do something about this!! They’ve stood up to bigotry before! In 1961 FIFA expelled South Africa from the World Cup because of its racist apartheid system, readmitting them only in 1991 after the release of Nelson Mandela.

This type of discrimination CANNOT stand!

We are caling on FIFA president Joseph Blatter to step in and do something about this. Homophobia has no place in society!

Click HERE to join the cause!

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Rugby Star Ben Cohen Fights Homophobia

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Rugby Star Ben Cohen Fights Homophobia

British rubgy star Ben Cohen stopped by Washington DC as a part of his “Accpetance Tour” for his new anti-bullying organization.

He auctioned off a number of items at the event to help raise money for the cause. Proceeds went to HRC, the Trevor Project and other LGBT groups through Cohen’s foundation.

Ben is straight, but believes strongly in his mission.

On his website he wrote:

“In my view, rugby is a very inclusive sport. Everyone can get involved in one way or another, so I will be using it as a vehicle to drive my message of acceptance out to people from all walks of life, everywhere. There is a lot of work to be done. Attitudes need to change. Young people should not be bullied into taking their own lives. That is what is happening and it needs to stop.”

Love it!

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Maple Leafs Manager Calls For End To Homophobia

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Maple Leafs Manager Calls For End To Homophobia

The Maple Leafs General Manager is making a difference.

Brian Burke stood on the steps of City Hall in Toronto and spoke out against homophobia on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Said Burke:

“Imagine being afraid to go to school, imagine being afraid to step on a school bus, imagine being afraid to walk the halls. That’s a life that no child should lead and that’s the life that many children lead in Ontario.”

Burke has intimate knowledge of the hardships faced by gays. His son, Brendan, made headlines when he came out as gay and openly fought for the acceptance of gays in professional sports.

The only problem with Burke’s media conference was the lack of media there. Only one camera crew showed up.

“One camera here folks, we’ve got a long way to go, shame on the people that didn’t show up to publicize this, shame on you,” Burke said.

There’s still so much work to do, but people like Burke are helping make headway!

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San Francisco Giants To Debut 'It Gets Better' PSA

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Giants it gets better

The San Francisco Giants are throwing a curve ball at homophobia.

We are SO PROUD to hear that the baseball team will be the FIRST professional sports team in the history of sports to support the LGBT community by recording an "It Gets Better" video!

Yay!

The decision from the organization comes weeks after a coach for the Atlanta Braves spewed hateful gay slurs at a family while playing the Giants at home.

A spokesperson for the baseball team said:

"Details of the video are still being worked out so I can't provide you with specifics, but we are confirmed to produce and post a video."

This announcement follows the NBA's "Think B4 You Speak" campaign which discourages the use of gay slurs as insults on the court.

Up until recently, the athletic arena was one of the last places homophobia was being fought, but we're so glad that leagues, teams, and individuals are bringing the issue the attention it not only deserves, but NEEDS.

We can't ignore a problem and hope it goes away. By facing it head on, much like the Giants or the NBA, we'll eventually overcome any stigma homosexual athletes or fans face.

Thank you to all those involved who are leading the way!

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Ben Cohen Retires From Rugby To Relinquish Homophobia

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Ben Cohen Retires from rugby

What an inspiration!

World Champion rugby player, Ben Cohen, has announced he is retiring from the sport in order to focus on fighting homophobia and bullying through the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.

While he thinks he could play another two years, he has instead turned down offers from clubs in England and France, explaining his decision in a statement reading:

“I have reached the top in my sport. It has been an incredible journey and has put me in the privileged position I am in today to be able to work on these exciting new projects through the StandUp Brand. As athletes, it is not enough just to have strong bodies. We must have strong characters and use our voices to support those who need and deserve it.”

It's so awesome to see stand up individuals standing up to ignorance!

Ben will kick off his foundation with the Acceptance Tour this week, which will stop by a series of U.S. cities where he will hold events with local rugby teams to raise awareness and money to STOP homophobia.

We're sure the Rugby world will miss Ben's performance on the field, but the rest of the world will certainly appreciate his noble efforts off of the field!

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Think B4 You Speak LGBT Slurs On The Basketball Court!

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Using the word "gay" to imply dumb or stupid isn't cool and this PSA proves it.

The NBA has teamed up with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network to speak out against homophobia on the court.

If you think using the word "gay" (or any other variation) is an acceptable means of trash talking, you need to go back to school and get a little more creative!

Check out what basketball players Grant Hill and Jared Dudley have to say about it above!

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Johnny Weir NOT HAPPY 2012 Olympic Chief Of Mission Is Anti-Gay

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Johnny Weir speaks out against Olympic Chief in Mission

Former Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar, who also happened to support Proposition 8 and wishes to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, has been selected as chief of mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.

While we're sure there are plenty of people who are bothered by someone who represses equality representing the U.S. in the Olympics, openly gay figure skating champion Johnny Weir is speaking out.

He recently told newspapers:

"It's wrong. I certainly wouldn't want to be represented by someone who is anti gay marriage. It isn't just about marriage, it is being allowed equal rights as Americans. The fact this man who is very publicly against something that may be represented on the American team is disgraceful."

Well said, Johnny!

Vidmar is so publicly against gay marriage that he donated $2,000 in support of Proposition 8 which ended the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples in California.

Members of the United States Olympic Committee said they were unaware of his involvement in Proposition 8, however, the news hasn't changed their decision.

Vidmar says that despite his beliefs, influenced by his Mormon religion, he respects "the rights of everyone to have the relationships they want to have."

If he TRULY respected the rights of people, we don't think he would donate several thousand bucks to prevent those people from attaining the rights EVERYBODY deserves.

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