The LA Lakers Celebrated Pride By Honoring Former NBA Player Jason Collins

The LA Lakers celebrated Gay Pride with its first ever Pride Night.

We shared with you late last month that the Los Angeles Lakers would be holding their first Pride Night on October 4th, and now we’re happy to share with you that the event went wonderfully.

In attendance for the event were representatives of the Trevor Project of Los Angeles, the LGBT Center of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Gay Basketball League.

In addition, Jason Collins, former NBA player and the first openly gay professional male athlete in America while still playing in a major league, was honored after the first quarter when he was given the Lace of Unity Award.

 “Being a native son of LA, I remember as a kid going to so many LA Laker games and now to see the Lakers stepping forward and supporting the LGBT community in such a visible way is awesome,” Collins told the Los Angeles Blade.



The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles also participated in the event. They sang the national Anthem before the game, and were also seen cheering along with the crowd during the match.

In addition to singing, the Chorus silently joined the protests against police brutality by linking arms during their performance, showing their support for the movement started by NFL player Colin Kaepernick .





All of this comradery and celebration of diversity touched the heart of chorus member and former gymnast Daniel Brown. Brown says a younger him would have never seen this night coming.

“The journey of being out in sports has been an interesting process,” he said. ” I remember a time when you didn’t bring your whole self to your sport, so the fact that the Lakers are doing something for and reaching out to the LGBT community is an amazing thing. To be honest, I don’t know that I would’ve thought that would be where sports went when I was a young man.”

h/t: The Los Angeles Blade

Yankees to Launch LGBT Initiative in 2019

The New York Yankees are the only Major League Baseball team to not host an LGBT Pride Night. However, this will change as they announced an LGBT initiative that will begin in 2019, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The Stonewall Riots, commonly held to be the incipient stage of the fight for LGBT rights, took place on June 28, 1969, in retaliation to the frequent arrests of gay men in the 1960s and preceding decades, specifically the arrests that took place in Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The riots lasted six days as bar owners and patrons protested the unfair treatment of LGBT people by the police. Afterwards, many LGBT people stood up to the persecution that they and many others faced, which led to the advancements of LGBT rights to this day.        

Through this initiative, the Yankees will honor and recognize historic LGBT figures and acknowledge the contributions that the LGBT community has made towards the advancement of a more egalitarian society.

The Yankees-Stonewall Scholars Initiative will be held on June 17-26, 2019. This initiative, that will give out $10,000 in scholarships to students from each of the five boroughs of Manhattan, hopes to encourage LGBT students and their allies to chase their goals.

h/t: Usatoday.com, history.com

Argentinian Footballer Leonel Parraguez Shows Us What He's Packing on Social Media

This Argentinian soccer player is kind of an exhibitionist… and we support it!

Thanks to OMG Blog, we’ve got an eyeful of Leonel Parraguez, in the best possible way. He’s boyish, tatted and lean, with a compact, muscular build.

​Parraguez loves showing off for his followers on Instagram, and recently he gave us all a nice hard glimpse of his junk.

There’s more: according to Latin Gossip, Parraguez says Colombian singer Maluma asked him for nudes via social media. Is the footballer just trying to stir up publicity, or could this be the start of an intimate Latin friendship? Check out the scoop here.

Speaking of social media, Parraguez’s Insta is filled with eye candy. Check it out right here.

For the NSFW pics of Parraguez flashing his staff to his IG followers, head over to OMG Blog.

Old Video Revealed Of Jason Statham As A Professional Diver

If you’re a fan of shark film The Meg because of the wet hot Jason Statham, you’ll love what we’re about to show you.

Before Statham became a household name and took on a prehistoric shark, he was a professional diver. That’s right, Statham spent twelve years on the British National Swimming team and even competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Once in an interview to IGN, Statham said:

"It was a great experience, you know, to travel the world and compete at a certain level. It teaches you discipline, focus, and certainly keeps you out of trouble."

But as amazing, hilarious, and dashing as Jason Statham is today, what was he like when he was a professional athlete? Well, you don’t have to wonder about that anymore, because we’ve got a video of it to share with you all.

Go ahead and check out an impressive show of athleticism from Statham by clicking on the YouTube video down below. You won’t be sorry.

Lawyer Opens up About Aaron Hernandez

Back in 2013, the tight end for the Patriots was arrested in connection to the murder of his fiancee's sister's boyfriend, Odin Lloyd. In 2015, he was convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison. According to Newsweek, Lloyd had called Hernandez what he interpreted to be a gay slur and Hernandez feared Lloyd would out him as a bisexual. In 2017, he was also charged in a separate double homicide case but was acquitted of those charges. After the acquittal, the rumors of his bisexuality were discussed and even joked about with The Kirk & Callahan Show going as far as saying he was a "tight end on and off the field" who "became a wide receiver." Several days afterwards, he was found dead in his prison cell; the death ruled a suicide.

In his lawyer's new book, Unnecessary Roughness, Jose Baez discusses how Hernandez opened up about his affair with a man just before he killed himself. Baez said that as they were discussing their strategy, Hernandez broke down crying out of fear that his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, would find out about this relationship with a man. On the topic, Hernandez said:

"She'll be devastated. I never meant to hurt her. I know I keep disappointing her. But she is my soul. She is all I have and will ever have."

Baez said that he seemed hopeful so the next day he talked to Jenkins. He said she was not shaken but he "could see the betrayal in her face." Jenkins wrote the forward for Baez's book and said she had no idea Hernandez was "gay or homosexual." She wrote:

"There has been much speculation about Aaron's sexuality since his death. I can say this: Aaron was very much a man to me. I saw no indication that he was gay or homosexual. I wish I had known how he felt, just so we could have talked about it. I wouldn't have disowned him. I would have been supportive. I can't fault him if he was feeling that way."

 It is understandable that Hernandez would have wanted to remain in the closet given his place in American sports and in an overall hyper-masculine environment. Another one of Hernandez's lawyers said "I think he also came out of a culture that was so negative about gay people that he exhibited some self-hatred." reminding us that in the end, inner-homophobia can be as dangerous as outward homophobia.

h/t: lgbtqnation.com, oxygen.com

U.S. Athletes Brought Home Heaps Of Medals From The Gay Games In Paris

The Gay Games are now over and we’re rolling in names and data on all the winners.

The international event was held in Paris this year and hosted hundreds of participants from several countries around the globe. This includes The United States of America, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan (which was unfortunately referred to as Taipei), Russia, and more.


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But which American athletes came home with medals around their necks? While we’re still collecting all the info, we have gathered enough to share some of it below.

First, Florida native Chris Manning came home with a silver medal along with the rest of his basketball team

As he told the South Florida Gay News, it was “bittersweet leaving.”

“This was a lot of fun and growth as a man,” he added.

Next, Christie Queen won a gold medal for individual women’s golf and a silver medal in team play. She was the only U.S. woman to win an individual medal in golf. That said, she ironically had the lowest combined score for all women, according to Palm Springs’s CBS Local 2.


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Then, the synchronized swimming team called the Subversive Sirens won the gold for their sport.

Nicki McCraken, who’s a team member from North Dakota, also shared how delighted she was to have gone to the Gay Games.

"It was fun to walk out for the opening ceremonies with other athletes from the state," McCracken told Inform. "There were a lot of soccer players and bowlers and a few other sports. We had matching shirts with a Minnesota state icon. All the U.S. teams marched in together, and there was a good feeling of solidarity.”

Another Florida resident named John Ring, who competed for Ireland but lives in Fort Lauderdale, won the bronze medal in cycling. Right behind him was Stephan Smith, from Alaska, who won silver for the men’s 50-54 cycling time trial.


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Speaking of Alaska, an Alaskan women’s hockey team, called the Alaskan Ice, won the gold medal in their criterion, according to Anchorage Daily News.

Meanwhile, Darl Schaaff, who’s also from Alaska, took home four medals for martial arts including gold in self-defense. He then claimed a silver medal and two bronzes for other events. In addition, Alaskan Trevor Storrs won bronze in the men’s 45-49 triathlon.

Lastly, as the Bay Area Reporter shares:

“Athletes from the San Francisco Bay Area had solid success in aquatics. SF Tsunami [a swimming team/club] swept the medals in synchronized swimming pairs in the 30-39 age group and took gold and silver in the 50-59 pairs; and Derek Douglas of Stanford Diving Club swept the golds in his 55-59 age group. Cristina Estrada-Pozzi of SF Tsunami swimming won five golds in butterfly sprints and freestyle distance races in her age group; Duke Dahlin and Kristian Nergaard dominated the over-70 crowd in men's freestyle and individual medley; and Bart McDermott, swimming in the 60-64 age group, swept the golds in the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle.”


4x100 free relay silver! These guys brought it strong #gaygames2018

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Again, these are just some of the many U.S. athletes who brought home medals from this year's Gay Games. In addition, they are only a fraction of the athletes who won medals overall. More information with names and achievements is sure to arrive and an update/follow-up post may come in the future.

Still, it's never a better time to celebrate LGTBQ athletes. Congratulations to all of the medal winners (including those in other countries)! Now, we look forward to the next Gay Games in Hong Kong!


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h/t: the South Florida Gay News, CBS Local 2, Inform, Anchorage Daily News, The Bay Area Reporter

Some Angry Boston Fans Demand a Straight Pride Night After Red Sox Paint Pitcher's Mound Rainbow

For June 7th’s home game against the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox admirably painted their pitcher’s mound rainbow for LGBTQ+ Pride Night.

Some [reasonable] people were thrilled, others not so much. In fact, a horde of angry fans took to Twitter expressing their dismay.

Among the tweets are several pleas for a "Straight Pride" week, or even month. 

Some anti-LGBTQ+ drama queens even went as far as to claim this signals the end of baseball. 

Fortunately, some clever and funny fans were fast to clap back: 

For more of the angry tweets, as well as some clever Twitter rebuttals, check out the link below.

h/t: https://www.advocate.com/sports/2018/6/11/red-sox-fans-triggered-over-lgbt-pride-call-straight-night


Australia's Sydney Convicts Won The Bingham Cup After Stripping To Fundraise Travel

The Sydney Convicts have done it again.

The Sydney Convicts are Australia’s first gay and inclusive rugby union club. They have been around since 2004 and have since participated in multiple competitions and cups such as the Bingham Cup.

Now, they have won the Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby, for the fifth time. The Convicts won the award after defeating the New York Gotham Knights 22 – 8 this past Sunday.

“Sydney Convicts are the extremely proud to win the Bingham Cup,’ said club president Don Rose.”

“The Amsterdam tournament has been the largest in its history with 2300 players and 72 teams.”

“After 3 days of Rugby the Convicts ‘A’ progressed unbeaten into the grand final and in an extremely tough and hard fought final against the New York Gotham Knights we came away with the Bingham Cup for the 5th time.”

In addition, the Sydney Convicts’s B team also won the Bingham Shield.

These feats are amazing given what the Convicts had to do in order to fund their participation in the competition.

In order to pay for travel to Amsterdam and participate in the Bingham Cup, the team hosted an annual strip show titled Rugger Bugger. During that show, the team members let loose, danced, had fun, and shook their bare butts a little.

All of that raunchy play led them to this Bingham Cup victory, so it was absolutely worth it.

Tom Daley Used His Gold Medal Win To Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Laws

Tom Daley’s using his platform to speak out against discrimination across the globe.

Recently, Tom Daley won a gold medal for synchronized diving at the Commonwealth Games.

Celebrating his win with fellow diver Dan Goodfellow, Daley took to Twitter to share a picture of the two holding their new medals, but it was what he used to caption the picture that everyone’s talking about.

In the tweet, which you can find below, Daley shared that he feels lucky to be living in a country where he can be open about his sexuality.

“37 of the competing nations criminalise being LGBT+. I feel so lucky to be able to be openly who I am without worry. I hope one day every athlete from every nation in the commonwealth will be free to compete openly as who they are too!”

While the number of countries that criminalize homosexuality is decreasing, like Trinidad and Tobago which had a ruling against criminalizing homosexuality just yesterday, there are still more than 70 countries around the globe that have laws against male homosexuality and 45 with laws against female homosexuality.

On top of that, more than half of those countries belong to the Commonwealth (an international organization made up of countries that were previously British colonies/properties, but are now independent yet willing to keep international ties). But again, Trinidad and Tobago is currently in the process of lowering that number to 36.

That said, many advocates from several Commonwealth countries are like Daley and are objecting to how fellow countries (or their own countries) are handling LGBTQ citizens.

As Indy 100 reports, at the end of this year’s Commonwealth Games, government officials and activists will join together for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and several LGBTQ advocates are expected to attend.

h/t: Indy 100