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July 17, 2015 | by Compete Network
Friday Weekly Replay for July 10-17

 

The biggest news for our Friday Replay is definitely about Caitlyn Jenner’s remarks at ESPN’s ESPY Awards where she was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. But we’ve also got stories on Robbie Rogers, Michael Sam and more. Enjoy!

 

Caitlyn Jenner awarded ESPY’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award

In her first public appearance since her coming out as a transgender woman, Caitlyn Jenner delivered a powerful message that “Trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect. And from that respect comes a more passionate community, a more empathetic society and a better world for all of us.”

Watch the video here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=13264446

 

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Robbie Rogers plans to be “flamboyant”

Robbie Rogers made history in 2013 by publically coming out after retiring from the U.K.’s Leeds United soccer team, and then being hired as an openly gay player for MLS team, the LA Galaxy. He has already addressed his dismay at FIFA awarding the next two World Cup competitions to two anti-gay countries – Qatar and Russia. As the only openly gay professional in the sport, he’s given a lot of thought about his participation in these tournaments.

 

“I think what I’ve learned from my experience of coming out and being present in the locker room is that by being there it is more of a statement than boycotting or something like that. So if I were to go to Russia or Qatar then I would do it and I would be extremely flamboyant about it.”

Read the full story here: http://www.queerty.com/robbie-rodgers-pledges-to-be-extremely-flamboyant-at-next-world-cup-20150714

 

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World Cup’s Erin McLeod marries teammate Ella Masar

After some homophobic responses to the recent marriage of National Women’s Soccer League’s Houston Dash players Erin McLeod and Ella Masar, Massar had a very classy response.

Read the full story here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/love-wins-in-soccer#.xcpVVaydK

 

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Google and airbnb run trans-inclusive ads on ESPY awards show

In an obvious tie-in to Caitlyn Jenner being honored at the ESPY awards ceremony, according to Time.com “Many corporations have for years supported the transgender community internally by providing inclusive, non-discrimination policies and benefits. But few corporate brands have publicly endorsed the transgender community. Google and airbnb became exceptions to that rule Wednesday night. During ESPN’s annual ESPY awards on ABC they both ran ads advocating for diversity and trans-inclusion.

Read the full story here: http://time.com/3960683/google-airbnb-transgender-espys/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Ftopstories+%28TIME%3A+Top+Stories%29

 

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Aydian Dowling: “The Ultimate Guy?”

As reported earlier on CompeteNetwork.com, the future looks bright for openly trans man Aydian Dowling to take home the title of “Ultimate Guy” and grace the cover of “Men’s Health” magazine. Voting ends on July 17, 2015 and at the time of this writing, he’s leading his closest rival by over 50,000 votes.

Read the full story here: http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/aydian-dowling-mens-health-guy

 

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Michael Sam still benched

The first openly gay pro football player has not participated in formal play since his return from dealing with “personal reasons.” Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette asked why the Montreal Alouettes becoming one of “the league’s most dysfunctional franchises” and then notes that Sam, because he dressed, he got his full game check; Zurkowsky talks more about Sam and the money.

Read the full story here: http://montrealgazette.com/sports/football/cfl/montreal-alouettes/the-snap-alouettes-notebook-9

 

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Openly gay bobsledder Simon on marriage

Out rugby hunk-turned-Aussie-bobsledder Simon Dunn (also known as Bobsleigh Simon) is currently training in Calgary. “I am working so hard training so that I can make it to the 2018 winter Olympics. But one day I would like to meet the right guy, settle down and have kids. But,” he emphasized, “I will only do this when I can get married in front of friends and family in my home country.

 

“If I can represent that country in sport I should be able to marry the person I love. I can’t believe that now the U.S. has passed same-sex marriage, my country still hasn’t caught up with the rest of the world, which makes me angry. The law needs to be changed as soon as possible; otherwise we’ll look as bad as other countries who treat gay people like second class citizens.”

Read the full story here: http://www.queerty.com/hunky-gay-aussie-bobsledder-unlucky-in-love-wont-marry-till-its-legal-down-under-20150715

 

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