Stonewall Inn Area to Become First National Monument Dedicated to LGBT Rights
President Barack Obama is preparing to designate the Stonewall Inn the first U.S. National Monument to gay liberation. The historic designation will include the Stonewall Inn bar, Christopher Park, a small green space across from the bar and parts of the surrounding area.
According to Amanda Degroff, spokeswoman for the interior department, Obama “has made clear that he’s committed to ensuring our national parks, monuments and public lands help Americans better understand the places and stories that make this nation great.” The Stonewall Inn became a New York City landmark last June.
NBC Shares Summer Olympics Coverage With Snapchat
NBC has owned the television rights to broadcast the Summer Olympics in the U.S. since 1988. In an effort to reach young smart phone users, though, for the first time NBC is going to share footage with Snapchat. NBC retains all rights to live coverage and won’t charge Snapchat for video rights, instead splitting ad revenue with Snapchat but retaining the rights to select the advertisers.
Snapchat has permission to air highlights and behind-the-scenes video from Rio with content featured on the app’s list of Discover channels which currently host content from other companies like ESPN and BuzzFeed. Key features of the app include short, self-erasing photos and videos on a mobile device, something that gives young cord-cutters a chance for a first-hand look at events as well as what’s going on in the Olympic village and in Rio.
Spain’s First Openly Gay Soccer Referee Quits Due to Harassment
Jesús Tomillero, Spain’s first openly gay soccer referee has decided to call a halt to the job he loves due to what’s been described as a string of homophobic verbal assaults. The most recent abuse by a fan was Tomillero’s final straw, saying his experience in soccer has been “humiliation after humiliation.”
The Andalusian Football Federation has now decided to punish the fan, fining him the equivalent of $170 U.S., a sum Tomillero believes is “shameful” but says he was becoming used to events like this one.
Suspended Maria Sharapova Still Named to Russia’s Olympic Tennis Team
Even though tennis great Maria Sharapova has been provisionally suspended pending a ruling by the International Tennis Federation for failing a doping test at the Australian Open in January, she has been named as one of four members of Russia’s women’s singles tennis team headed to the Olympics in Rio.
She tested positive for taking meldonium, a drug that was just banned the beginning of 2016, at the Australian Open back in January. Claiming to have taken the drug for 10 years for medical purposes, Sharapova claims she didn’t know it had been banned for 2016. The drug increases blood flow, which in athletes can improve exercise capacity. It’s normally used to treat a lack of blood flow to parts of the body, particularly for angina or heart failure. Manufactured in Latvia, meldonium is distributed only in Baltic countries and Russia.
Shamil Tarpishchev, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and president of the Russian Tennis Federation, explained that they need to announce team members by June 6. The other women on the team are Svetlanad Kuznetsova, Anastasia Paylyuchenkova and Daria Kasatkina. If Sharapova’s suspension is upheld, her place in the team will be taken by Ekaterina Makarova, the fifth ranked female Russian player.
Wade Davis on “The Mask of Masculinity”
If you haven’t watched it yet, openly gay former NFL player Wade Davis did a Tedx Talk on “The Mask of Masculinity” at the University of Florida’s Tedx conference in March. His short entertaining and insightful talk is available to view on You Tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=umKKrbmdHFM. Davis is also the executive director of the You Can Play Project.
Jennie Finch and Justine Siegal – Both Making Baseball History
Justine Siegal and Jennie Finch, both well-known ball players in their own right, are making baseball history this summer by being asked to guest manage independent minor league level baseball teams.
Fast pitch legend Jennie Finch, star of USA Softball and Olympic softball gold medalist in 2004 and silver medalist in 2008, was asked to be guest manager for the day for the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish on May 29 as they beat the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 3-1. Finch also threw out the first pitch and held a pre-game talk with the fans. She joins the Bluefish’s other guest managers, Pete Rose and Paul O’Neil.
Justine Siegal has coached baseball for decades and has thrown batting practice to multiple MLB teams in the past. Last year she was an instructional coach for a two-week period with the Oakland Athletics. On June 29-30 she’ll suit up as manager for the San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club as they play the Sonoma Stompers. Through her organization Baseball for All she promotes gender equality in sports.
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