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Can North America Teach Europe on Anti-Homophobia?

While North America's soccer scene has made great strides in equality in 2012, Europe seems to consistently lack behind. Is 2013 the year that MLS's progress is strong enough for the other side of the Pond to resist?

Still, the thing that held me back the most was my basketball team -- we had played together for...

Still, the thing that held me back the most was my basketball team -- we had played together for three years, and had grown eerily close. I was most worried about instances concerning the locker room -- of course, I was not attracted to anyone on my team, but only I knew this for certain, and paranoia about lesbians was prevalent at my school back then. In short, this team of girls had become a place where I felt truly and genuinely at home, and I was not prepared to sacrifice that for my sexuality.

From Coming out relieves burden for high school basketball player. 17-year-old Emma Delsohn's story illustrates why creating a culture of respect - not just tolerance - for the LGBT community is important in sports, politics and daily life. Nobody should have to choose between being themselves or sacrificing what they love to do.

I have supported the Fling last year and this year. I do it because I think lesbian fans should be...

I have supported the Fling last year and this year. I do it because I think lesbian fans should be treated well. They are loyal and educated fans who follow women’s basketball closely. They deserve to have events planned for them at the Final Four. Plus, it is a smart business opportunity. Lesbians go to the Final Four in great numbers. Unfortunately I am not going to the Final Four this year. It’s the first time in awhile that I will not be there, but I will be watching the games on TV.

From Homophobia in Women's Basketball: Interview with Pat Griffin | Women's Sports Blog Network: Women Talk Sports. Homophobia is a topic in women's sports that can't exactly be avoided and it's great to have advocates like Pat Griffin who focus specifically on highlighting a matter that most people refuse to talk about in the mainstream and challenging it on a regular basis.

Fighting Homophobia in Hockey Must Come from the Fans as well as the League

The issue of homophobia and anti-gay bigotry in the culture of hockey is something that must be address by the fans as well as those in power. In a companion piece to Derek Zona's post on the issue, I provide a simple, small, easy-to-do action that any fan can do to combat hate even on it's smallest level.

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