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Chris Kluwe And The Minnesota Vikings Make Details Of Their Settlement Public: VIDEO

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Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings made the specific details of their agreed settlement public in a press conference earlier this afternoon.

“[O]ur focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff,” said Vikings owner Mark Wilf. “We are glad a resolution of this matter has been reached, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive awareness of these issues.”

The Vikings, Wilf ebaorated, will continue to contribute an undisclosed amount of financial support to a number of LGBTQ organizations. Additionally, the Vikings will redouble their committment to its “Zero Tolerance Policy for any discrimination and harassment because of race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.”

“I intend to continue to speak out on behalf of marriage equality,” said Kluwe. “I am pleased to be a part of the impact the Vikings material charitable contributions will have on LGBT and related causes.”

Watch a clip of the joint press conference, AFTER THE JUMP…

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NYET To Russia's World Cup!

BY DAVID MIXNER

PutinBefore the Russian Olympics at Sochi, the international LGBT community attempted to warn the world of the brutality of President Putin and his punks. While human rights activists successfully made visible Putin's homophobia and hate-filled attitude towards his own LGBT citizens, the world refused to take any action against him. Corporate sponsors of the Olympics publicly expressed dismay while taking no action that would offend the Russian leader. It was tragic to watch the inaction of the world in the face of sheer hatred directed toward LGBT Russians.

Maybe now, after Malaysian Air Flight 17 and the arming of Russian separatists in the Ukraine, the world wished it had paid more attention to the warning given before Sochi. Russian forces are not only arming and inciting the Russian separatists they are actively bombing Ukrainian territory.

The litany of outrageous and unbelievable statements from Putin after the murder of the passengers on MH17 defies all decency. The callous exploitation of the victims, the grave robbers, and the failure of the Russian leader to condemn this mass murder should show the world all they need to know about Putin and his punks. The failure of decent citizens to visibly and strongly act in the face of this mass murder will only guarantee that the situation worsens down the road.

The time has come for the international community to stand up to Putin in every way possible. The European Union must step forward and stop choosing economic benefits over the bodies of those dying in the air and on the ground because of Putin's decisions. Failure of the Europeans to take a powerful stand will just lead to more instability and wide spread war and death.

2018There is an easy and powerful way to quickly show the world's disgust to the Russian policies.

The international community must insist that FIFA remove the World Cup games from Russia in three years. Corporations must abandon their sponsorship if FIFA refuses. Media giants must refuse to cover any Russian World Cup.

Can you imagine Russian troops fighting during the World Cup? How about LGBT Russians being beaten and terrorized by Putin's punks?

Corporate sponsors might have gotten off easy in Sochi but there is no question that they will be held accountable now. After MH17, there should be no more free ride for those who want to make money off such a despicable regime.

Now is the time to act. There is plenty of time to move the World Cup to a place of sanity. London has plenty of infrastructure left from its Olympic Games and could handle such a move. In fact, there are a number of places where the World Cup could be safely and capably hosted.

It is time to join together and loudly proclaim "nyet" to any Russian World Cup.


Colombian Transgender Women Form Soccer Club To Combat Transphobia: VIDEO

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A group of trans women in Colombia have decided to combat transphobia by forming an all-trans football club.

Mariana, who was crowned Ms. Trans last year, says “with the World Cup, we are honouring and are proud of Colombia. We are trans, but we are still Colombians, and we want to be involved in Colombian society.”

Another team member adds, “We hope there will be acceptance from the community with our game. There is a tendency to fear what you don’t understand. This is a way for people to get to know us.”

Watch the Vocativ report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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St. Louis Rams Coach Says Michael Sam 'Absolutely Not' A Distraction

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Earlier this week we mentioned NBC analyst Tony Dungy saying that drafting Michael Sam would have been a distraction, and we pointed out the hypocrisy in his reasoning given that Dungy was fine with the readmission of convicted criminal Michael Vick.

FisherAs if evisceration by Keith Olbermann wasn't enough, now St. Louis Ram's coach Jeff Fisher appeared on ESPN's radio show Mike and Mike to talk about Sam and said that the openly gay football player was "absolutely not" a distraction.

Said Fisher: "Let's define distraction. There were a couple extra cameras during the early OTAs, there may have been an extra camera yesterday as the rookies reported and went on the field for the first time, but no, it's not."

The audio is unembeddable, but you can find it on ESPN's website here. The audio is in an inconspicuous sidebar about two paragraphs down the article; the auto-playing video above the article is just host Mark Schlereth making excuses for Dungy's behavior.


Openly Gay Former NFL Player David Kopay Remembers His Scandalous Coming Out, Celebrates Michael Sam: VIDEO

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In 1975, David Kopay became the first NFL player, current or former, to come out publicly in the Washington Star. It was a stunning moment for sports, and he later revealed even more--including a one night stand with former Redskin player Jerry Smith--in his memoir, The David Kopay Story. Now, nearly forty years later, Kopay is one of many who are welcoming Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, with open (but concerned) arms. 

The Hollywood Reporter recently wrote about Kopay's experience:

"I was desperate," he says. "I was totally, 'What am I going to do with my life? Can I make a difference?' " He'd hoped his tale...would encourage other pro athletes to come out. But years turned to decades and few had followed suit. Meeting Sam, the gifted defensive end who shattered the last civil rights hurdle in pro sports when he kissed his boyfriend after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams in May, came as more than just a passing thrill. It was the culmination of a life's work.

One need only consider current attitudes toward gays in sports -- when a celebratory kiss between men can result in an uproar -- to grasp just how shocking Kopay's admission was for the 1970s. And yet somehow his remarkable story has faded over the years. According to columnist Will Leitch, founding editor of Deadspin, that largely is due to Kopay being eons ahead of his time. "I think it was honestly too early," says Leitch. "It was 1975. In four years, Al Pacino would be making Cruising. People were not ready for an NFL player being gay at all."

DavidKopay2And neither were Kopay's family and friends. Married at the time, he got divorced and was excommunicated by his Catholic mother; she left him with the kind parting words, "I created you and I can kill you." Kopay moved to San Francisco, rubbing shoulders with Harvey Milk and living with Armistead Maupin, then to Los Angeles where he has lived since.

Kopay swims laps daily at nearby Occidental College, regularly hits the Rose Bowl flea market and enjoys attending NFL alumni games and serving as honorary ambassador to the Gay Games. He lives alone, his garage lined with memory boards filled with photos of debauched days spent in New Orleans. Whenever he speaks of past loves, they are invariably of the unrequited kind.

It is understandable then that Sam's decision to kiss his boyfriend after receiving his draft call would dredge up proud but conflicted emotions for Kopay.

"I was a bit unnerved," Kopay admits of watching Sam plant a passionate smooch on boyfriend Vito Cammisano, the pair later smearing cake on each other's faces. "I'm old school, you know? Certainly I felt he had a right to kiss his boyfriend and I was really glad he did. But I was not so happy with the cake in the face. It was a little bit over the top. I just worried about him like, 'Oh, what's the fuss that this is going to cause?'"

Hopefully relatively little, and Kopay seems to admit that he is of a different era. He also took the first, and perhaps bravest step of all.

"I think it was the first brick removed from the wall of homophobia," says Cyd Zeigler, the co-founder of Outsports.com. "When Kopay came out, the gay community was just beginning to find its identity. For a portion that didn't associate with the stereotypical gay identity, Dave's honesty was life-changing. I'm sure it saved lives."

Check out an interview with Kopay, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Cristiano Ronaldo Takes a Beauty Break: PHOTO

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The Portuguese footballer shared a bit of his post-World Cup beauty regimen to Instagram earlier today.


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