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Michael Sam added to Dallas Cowboys practice squad

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the National Football League.

Sam, who starred on defense with the Missouri Tigers, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams and cut last week. The Rams have a sturdy defense and a glut of talented players at the same position that Sam plays.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, have a leaky defense and needs help with pass rushing since their star rusher DeMarcus Ware signed elsewhere. The defense reeked during the four preseason games.

Michael Sam and the NFL's virulent homophobia

(Editor's update: Since this commentary was published, the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly interested in signing Michael Sam to the team's practice squad, providing he pass his physical on Wednesday. Various Dallas area media are reporting the news late Tuesday.)

Arizona State football player Chip Sarafin comes out

Arizona State football player Edward "Chip" Sarafin has publicly come out as gay. The redshirt senior made his announcement in an interview with Compete magazine.

President Obama welcomes athletes to Gay Games 9 in Ohio

President Barack Obama issued a video welcome to the world's LGBT athletes competing in Gay Games 9 in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.

The video was shown during the GG9 Opening Ceremony at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The President touched on the history of the Gay Games and noted that the olympic-style event was last held in the U.S. in his adopted home town of Chicago, Illinois. Obama grew up in Hawaii, and settled in the Windy City after graduating from college.

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LGBT athletes still facing harassment and discrimination

(Editor's note: Ken Reed is Sports Policy Director for League of Fans. He wrote this blog for Huffington Post.)

The past year or so has been a good one for LGBT athletes and their quest for acceptance, fairness, justice, and equal opportunity in sports.

Warwick Rowers release video teaser of 2015 naked calendar

The hotly anticipated Warwick Rowers 2015 naked calendar is almost here, and members of Warwick University’s Rowing Club are teasing us with a brand new video showing this year's crop of smoking hot rowers.

The naked calendar is an annual tradition to help tackle homophobia in sport with the proceeds going to Sport Allies program, which reaches out to young people suffering from bullying, homophobia and self-esteem issues.

Kyle Kingsbury, UFC fighter, makes pro-gay statement with underwear

Don't mind us... we're just over here profusely fanning ourselves.

In an incredible display of solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Ultimate Fighter Kyle Kingsbury revealed a pair pink "Legalize Gay" underwear during his weigh-in over the weekend. The hunky athlete dropped his shorts for the weigh-in the day prior to his reported loss against Patrick Cummins.

NY Giants defend David Tyree hiring after anti-gay comments come to light

Today at a press conference, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese defended the organization’s new Director of Player Development, David Tyree, even after it was discovered that he had repeatedly promoted the dangerous and debunked idea that a person can or should try to change their sexual orientation.

Keith Olbermann: "Tony Dungy Makes It Worse"

Leave it to the incomparable Keith Olbermann to say it like it is.

The TV host scores the winning points in his video essay, "Tony Dungy Makes It Worse."

Tony Dungy, the former Super Bowl winning coach of the Indianapolis Colts, stuck his foot down his throat again when it comes to gay rights. Dungy told a Tampa Tribune sports reporter recently that he would not have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam "not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it. It's not going to be totally smooth ... things will happen."

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Action alert: Sign Chris Kluwe's petition to Minnesota Vikings to release report

LGBT advocate and former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has launched a petition on Change.org calling for the release of the results of an investigation that was launched following Kluwe's release from the team and his allegations of inappropriate conduct against the team.

The petition will go to Zygi Wilf, Minnesota Vikings principal owner, and says: "Please stand against workplace discrimination and stand for LGBT rights by releasing the complete results of your organization's recent discrimination investigation to the public."

Here is the text of his petition:

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