5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 24

1. Judge John Bush was confirmed by the US Senate to a position on the 6th Circuit federal appeals court — a decision that angered equality advocates, as Bush is seen by many as anti-LGBT.2. Human Rights Ca...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 6

1. Quartz says that lesbian culture is being erased because investors think only gay men (and straight people) have money.2. "If I leave the party, I can't make them make a better party, and I can't change ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Sept. 8

1. Buzzfeed has 10 quotes proving that Jason Lewis, who is running for Congress against a lesbian progressive opponent, deserves the title of Minnesota's “Mini-Trump.”2. “To willingly allow anyone to hijack...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Sept. 6

1. “Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties.” Soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the National Anthem before a game Sunday night in a show...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 7

1. The Tennessee House approved a bill Tuesday that would allow counselors and therapists with sincerely held personal beliefs to reject gay clients whose goals are at odds with their views.2. A humanitaria...

Celebs sport t-shirts protesting Russia’s anti-gay law

The Human Rights Campaign kicked off a popular campaign protesting Russia's anti-gay law with a Russian-language "Love Conquers Hate" t-shirt being sported by such gay celebs as Ricky Martin, Tim Gunn, NBA basketball player Jason Collins and soccer player Megan Rapinoe.

"We stand with Russia's LGBT community and their allies," HRC President Chad Griffin said. "We are committed to doing as much as we possibly can to support their efforts to repeal this heinous law."

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NBA’s Jason Collins becomes first out gay male athlete in U.S. pro sports

Jason CollinsJason Collins of the Washington Wizards comes out in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first gay athlete in major U.S. men's professional sports to come out during his career.

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," Collins writes in the first-person essay, which is online now.

 "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this," he writes. "Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

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Outspoken: Out Olympics athletes

Megan Rapinoe

“I guess [coming out publicly] seems like a weight off my shoulders. I’ve been playing a lot better than I’ve ever played before. I think I’m just enjoying myself and I’m happy.”

Megan Rapinoe, a midfielder for the US women’s soccer team, who scored three goals on the way to the team’s gold medal. Rapinoe came out in the press before the start of the London Olympics. (Associated Press, Aug. 8)

“It’s an absurdly low number. Sports is still the final closet in society.”

— Jim Buzinski, founder of OutSports.com, on the low number of openly gay elite athletes. (Associated Press, Aug. 9)

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Women’s soccer kicks off London Olympics

Megan Rapinoe

Today marked the first day of Olympic competition in the 2012 London Games with a day filled with women's soccer.

The U.S. Women's National Team, featuring out midfielder Megan Rapinoe, kicked off the games with its opening match of the games against France. The American ladies came away with a 4-2 victory after going down two goals to none, in large part to Rapinoe's solid midfield play.

There are some 21 openly gay and lesbian athletes competing in London, according to Outsports. That's already higher than the total of out Olympians in Beijing four years ago. But out of the 14,000 or so athletes competing at the games, something tells us there are a few more gay and lesbian athletes in London than the ones listed below.