The Ultimate sport

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:30am

Gays with flying discs — don’t call them Frisbees — turn a beachside pastime into a serious competition   DAN WOOG  | Contributing Sports Writer So how gay is Frisbee? Pretty gay. It’s a sport — which is actually called “Ultimate” and played with a “disc,” because “Frisbee” is a registered trademark — that has traditionally […]

Refs are (gay) people, too

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 7:40am

Just as the World Cup gets underway, we look at the culture of  soccer from the point of view of closeted officials DAN WOOG  | Contributing Sports Writer As a young referee, Ryan Powell heard a coach yell at a youth soccer player: “Stop being a fairy! And play!” Powell red-carded the coach. The official’s supervisor […]

Against the current

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 7:45am

At 64, Diana Nyad did the impossible. Now what? ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor When Diana Nyad was the first contestant bumped from the latest season of Dancing with the Stars last month, it was a rare defeat for a woman who seems destined to achieve all her goal. It’s OK, though. She can […]

The Daley show

Posted on 10 Jan 2014 at 6:15am

Last month, the Twitterverse exploded in a furor when British Olympic diver Tom Daley formally came out of the closet. But have we learned anything?   DAN WOOG  | Contributing Sports Writer Another day. Another Olympic diver. Another coming-out story. Tom Daley’s recent YouTube video, in which he announced he was dating a man, was […]

Sochi solution?

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 7:55am

Should anti-gay laws affect the Winter Games?   In 1936 it was the Nazis. In 1980, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 1984 brought retaliation for ’80. This year, it’s treatment of gays. Another year, another Olympic boycott threat. As Russia criminalizes LGBT people — a new law threatens jail for anyone even acknowledging gay people […]

Top o’ the world!

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:20am

20-year-old gay mountaineer Cason Crane turned a climb into a queer cause   DAN WOOG  | Contributing Writer The welcome page of Cason Crane’s website asks, “What’s your Everest?” He’s not being metaphorical. Crane — an adventurer, athlete and activist — has actually climbed Mt. Everest. He’s also traveled to over 70 countries on […]

The other kind of gay camp

Posted on 27 Sep 2013 at 9:30am

Gay athletes show queer youth they can be out, proud — and participate in sports It was big news in April when Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay athlete still active in a major American professional sports league. There were fewer headlines last month, when Collins participated in a four-day sports and […]

No’ mo ‘homo’

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 8:00am

In The Year of the Gay Athlete, sports stars’ homophobic epithets outdated Outsports — the go-to website for all things gay and sporting — has compiled a list of athletes’ anti-gay comments … and it is astonishing. The remarks fill several pages. And especially because this is 2013, The Year of the LGBT Jock, they […]

2 outs & no balls

Posted on 05 Jul 2013 at 8:00am

Male-dominated sports still ignore pioneering women like Griner When Jason Collins came out earlier this year, Helen Carroll was furious. The longtime sports project director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights had nothing against the 7-foot basketball center, who became the first still-active male athlete in a major American team sport to say “I’m […]

GO! Athletes, go!

Posted on 21 Jun 2013 at 11:35am

Network of out athletes aims to grow in the heartland A team finds success only through teamwork. And that’s as true off the playing field as on it. Jay Hayes has earned plenty of success on the volleyball court. A former football, basketball and baseball player in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, he found his […]