This week had a real variety of news, starting with transgender Harvard student Schuyler Bailar making news as the first transgender swimmer in NCAA Division I history. And in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has gotten lots of appreciation for calling out a fan making an anti-Muslim remark during the moment of silence being held for the victims.
Here are some of the other folks mentioned this last week: sports legends Yogi Berra and Willy Mays; bisexual boxer Emile Griffith; soccer stars David Beckham and Robbie Rogers and the Nashville Grizzlies rugby team. And for the best cuteness factor, see the full video of two real-life gay dads and their son in a Campbell’s Soup Star Wars commercial. Enjoy!
Trans swimmer Schuyler Bailar makes NCAA history
According to NNN, “Schuyler Bailar, a 19-year-old sophomore at Harvard University, has been swimming since he was 4. But on November 6, he took a dip into the deep end—becoming the first transgender swimmer in NCAA Division I history.” Read the full story here:
The Nashville Grizzlies rugby team “bears” all for 2016 calendar
NNN reports that the Nashville Grizzlies, a gay-inclusive team getting ready to host the 2016 Bingham Cup, is “bearing” all for their 2016 calendar. Read the full story here:
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers calls out fan for anti-Muslim comments during moment of silence
The Washington Post’s Des Bieler reported that Green Bay Packer QB Aaron Rodgers was “very disappointed” with a fan was who made an anti-Muslim comment during the moment of silence held for those who had lost their lives in the Paris attacks just two days before. Rodgers said “It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today, as a world.” Read the full story here:
President Obama awards 17 with Presidential Medal of Freedom including two sports heroes
From joemygod.com, of the 17 people being honored by President Obama as new Medal of Freedom winners (the highest possible civilian honor to receive), two are sports icons: the late Yankees catcher Yogi Berra and the late home run legend Willie Mays. Read the full story here: http://www.joemygod.com/2015/11/16/2015medaloffreedom/
Lenny Abrahamson to direct biopic about bisexual boxer Emile Griffith
According to NNN, the book, “A Man’s World: The Double Life Of Emile Griffith” telling the story of the bisexual boxer’s fascinating life is now being turned into a biopic. Griffith is best remembered for beating Benny “The Kid” Paret to death in the ring during a live TV broadcast. Read the full story here: http://www.newnownext.com/lenny-abrahamson-to-direct-biopic-about-bisexual-boxer-emile-griffith/11/2015/
The power of college sports (commentary)
NPR’s Frank Deford says, “The particular racially insensitive issues at Missouri and those that’ve produced protests at other colleges have nothing to do with sport, but, on the other hand, it’s worth noting well over half of the football players who bring in the big money in the big-time conferences are African-American. The percentage of minority basketball players is even higher.” Read the full commentary here:
David Beckham named as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year
People Magazine has named David Beckham this year’s sexiest man alive. Read the full story here:
Campbell’s Soup gay dads named “Sexiest Pitchmen” by People Magazine
People Magazine also bestowed a similar honor on the real-life gay dads currently starring in a Campbell’s Soup Star Wars commercial. Read the full article here:
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Watch the best moments from Robbie Rogers’ 2015 season with the L.A. Galaxy
The L.A. Galaxy has released a highlight video of openly gay player Robbie Rogers. Watch it here: http://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2015/11/16/highlights-best-robbie-rogers-2015
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