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  • 00:30

    Outsports looks back at 15 years of sports stories

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    Outsports has been publishing for 15 years, ever since Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler sat down at a coffee house on Cape Cod and came up with the idea. Since then they have covered gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in sports like no other, carrying more coming-out stories in sports than any other publication in the world.


    We look back at some of the stories we've felt were more important over the last 15 years, the changes we've seen, and some of the key lessons we've learned.

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    We cap the craziest week in Outsports' history with a convo about Michael Sam

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    Outsports was in the middle of the planning and breaking of the Michael Sam story. We talk about what we knew, when we knew it, and what the road ahead looks like for Michael.

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    Why so much interest in stories of young gay athletes? Plus, Bruce Jenner talks.

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    Today's episode is brought to you by AT&T. Mobilizing Your World.


    At Outsports we've noticed a powerful reaction every time we post stories about young LGBT athletes. Our latest story, of two gay high school athletes at a West Virginia prom, was shared over 40k times on social media. What is it about these stories that resonates so strongly with so many readers?


    Plus, Bruce Jenner had a big night last week as he came out publicly as trans in an ABC interview with Diane Sawyer. What did America learn about trans issues, and will his revelation have an impact on America's treatment of trans people?

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    Christian colleges thrust into LGBT-athlete conversation

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    Today's episode is brought to you by AT&T. Mobilizing Your World.


    If 2014 was the year of the LGBT athlete on Outsports, 2015 is becoming the year of the Christian college. Just this past week two stories have developed that again put the policies and practices of religious institutions in the spotlight. Hours after dismissing a priest for supporting the NOH8 campaign, Seton Hall signed openly gay basketball player Derrick Gordon, leaving many to wonder about double standards and how Gordon will be treated by students, faculty and administrators at the devout Christian college.


    While the policy has been around for at least a year, the student-athlete handbook at LeTourneau University has come under the spotlight. The handbook bans gay athletes from dating, and it prohibits any athlete from publicly supporting same-sex marriage. 


    All the while, these colleges are allowed to reap the benefits and rewards of membership in the NCAA, which claims to support diversity and inclusion.

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    Being a gay athlete at Hillsdale College

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    Today's episode is brought to you by AT&T. Mobilizing Your World.


    Hillsdale College is considered one of the most conservative colleges in the country. Two years ago Derek Schell, a member of the men's basketball team, came out at the Division II school. This week he got an email sent from the school's chaplain asking him and others to pray against the "evil" of same-sex marriage. The email was allegedly written by a student and sent out to the entire campus through the chaplain's email address. The incident reflects a growing conversation about Christian Evangelism and the LGBT community.


    Derek joins us to talk about his experiences at the school and what he hopes is done to ensure inclusion of all people on the Hillsdale campus. While he graduated a year ago, the impact of the school on his life is still being felt today.

  • 00:30

    Super bowl recap and upcoming headlines

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    It was a great Super Bowl for Outsports. Even though it was truly the Super Bowl from Hell for Jim Buzinski, Outsports became the first LGBT publication to be credentialed by the NFL for the Super Bowl. It was the Super Bowl From Heaven for Cyd Zeigler, who got to go to the game, talk with some of the biggest names in professional football, and watch his favorite team, the New England Patriots, win the big game in the most dramatic fashion ever.

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    Do LGBT athletes have a responsibility to come out?

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    This podcast brought to you by AT&T.


    Over the years we at Outsports have seen the incredible power that athletes, coaches and other people in sports coming out can have on not just their sport but youth they will never meet. Even today we got wind of a 17-year-old gay aspiring umpire who has been inspired by the coming out story of MLB umpire Dale Scott.


    Yet there are precious few out LGBT professional athletes, particularly men. They choose to not come out due to a host of reasons, from their own playing career to endorsement deals - they fear they could lose any or all of them if they come out. 


    Do they have a social responsibility to come out anyway? Should athetes weigh the inspiration they can provide, and the social change they can help move along, over their own personal wealth and playing career? And do their fears have any merit in the first place?

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    Cubs tickets and Mets comments kick off MLB spring training!

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    Spring Training is underway in Arizona and Florida, and Major League Baseball is already making Outsports headlines. First, a Christian former talk show host claimed he was able to turn a gay man straight with kindness and Chicago Cubs tickets. Then, New York Met Daniel Murphy said that homosexuality is a sin and he's against the lifestyle of openly gay former MLB Player Billy Bean "100%." This was in conjunction with Bean practicing with the team as a gesture of inclusion.


    Is this the new direction we're headed with baseball and other pro sports, where Christians become more emboldened to speak out against gay people? Or are these the last gasps of homophobia as we seek to make sports more welcoming for all?


    Today's episode is brought to you by AT&T. Mobilizing Your World.

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    Homophobia still a major problem in American sports

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    While huge improvements have been made in welcoming gays and lesbians in sports, much still needs to be done, a new study finds. Outsports is joined by two gay former college football players who will discuss the survey and its implications. For example, 80% of participants witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport (both straight and LGB). We look at why LGB people still fear coming out even though those that do report widespread acceptance. Michael Sam and Jason Collins have had huge impacts but the culture in the locker room is still one of fear for many.

  • 00:30

    Indiana's new anti-LGBT law + Michael Sam's Veteran Combine.

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    Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed anti-gay bill SB 101 into law, legalizing discrimination against LGBT people in Indiana. This comes just a week before Indianapolis hosts the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four. What is the best response to the new law? And what can be done at the Final Four to take action?


    Michael Sam was in Phoenix for the Veteran Combine last weekend. His 40 time wasn't great, but he looked good, more fluid, running the drills. What's the next step for the openly gay football player?

  • 00:29

    Closet is very deep for gay college basketball coaches

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    Fear. Depression. Anxiety. Thoughts of suicide. These are some of the emotions gleaned from closeted gay and lesbian coaches Outsports talked to during the men's Final Four in Indianapolis. Despite the progress society has made on gay issues, these coaches feel that their careers would be over if they ever came out publicly. So they hide or contemplate quitting the sport they love. One female coach said she knows of 50 closeted lesbian coaches. There are no openly gay male or female Division I coaches in the U.S.


    The podcast also interviews writer Erik Hall, who has profiled several openly gay athletes, his latest being a college cross country runner.

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