Dan Woog offers this piece on the latest in gay sports coverage.
The “gay soccer” stories come fast and furious.
* Major League Soccer sponsors Spirit Day, encouraging players and fans to wear something purple, drawing attention to bullying and LGBT youth.
* FC Edmonton goalkeeper (and staunch straight ally) Lance Parker is a finalist for Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 2012 “Bachelor of the Year” award.
* Openly gay player David Testo throws out the first ball at a Toronto Blue Jays game. Not coincidentally, it’s the first home appearance for Yunel Escobar after being suspended for writing “Tu ere maricon” — an anti-gay epithet — on his eye black. Escobar was also fined $82,000 … which went straight to GLAAD and the You Can Play Project.
* A lesbian couple from Colorado flies to England, and has a civil partnership ceremony at Liverpool’s famed Anfield Stadium. The couple, longtime Liverpool fans, are feted by the team, which recently hired a “social inclusion officer.”
* Former Arsenal and MLS star Freddie Ljungberg, pictured, talks about being taunted as “gay” after appearing in a Calvin Klein underwear ad.
* Out U.S. national women’s team coach Pia Sundhage retires, and is honored at her final match with a video, songs and a victory lap.
All those stories — and many more — are featured on the home page of Gay4Soccer.com. The brainchild of Chris Billig, it (and its companion Twitter feed) are proud examples of the enormous impact social media now has on gay sports.