Top 10 2014 LGBT Moments in Sports

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2014 lgbt moments in sports, Tom Daley

We’ve put together our top ten 2014 LGBT moments in sports around the world.

Our highlights include moments featuring Tom Daley, Ian Thorpe, Robbie Rogers, Michael Sam, and many more.


Barack Obama sends gay delegates to Sochi Olympics

2014 lgbt moments in sports, Barack Obama

The Sochi Olympics attracted a lot of negative feedback due to the anti gay laws that exist in Russia. President Obama made a clear statement of support for LGBT athletes.

He announced that he, his wife, and the Vice President would not be attending the ceremonies. In his place, he was sending delegates that included two openly gay athletes.


Gay Olympians take home medals at Sochi Olympics

2014 lgbt moments in sports, Gay Olympians

From a story about the opening ceremonies, we head to the actual results of the Olympics for LGBT athletes.

rukkle was thrilled to see that there were seven out Olympians and that they took home six medals and placed extremely well in many of the events.

Five of the medals were won by Ireen Wüst, who is a Dutch speed skater.


UN encourages World Cup LGBT athletes to come out.

2014 lgbt moments in sports, World Cup LGBT athletes

The UN Human Rights Commissioner issued a statement during this year’s World Cup encouraging LGBT athletes to come out.

Navi Pillay made the statement with the belief that it would encourage both acceptance and equality for the LGBT community throughout the world.


Robbie Rogers and Leeds launch Beyond It campaign

2014 lgbt moments in sports, Robbie Rogers

Speaking of the World Cup, we were thrilled when earlier this year Robbie Rogers and Leeds United partnered together to launch the Beyond It! campaign.

The campaign would run both in the stadium and throughout the community. Leeds’ managing director, David Haigh, stated that part of the campaign would include going into the community to educate individuals about tolerance and acceptance.


Kiss In campaign launches to support Michael Sam

2014 lgbt moments in sports, Michael Sam

Another campaign that excited rukkle this year in sports was the Kiss In campaign campaign (aka #KissIn) to support the first openly gay American footballer to play in the NFL.

Michael Sam faced some criticism for kissing his boyfriend to celebrate being drafted by the NFL.

To show support for Sam, social media users were encouraged to change their profile picture to an image of two men kissing.


Gay Rugby team makes history

2014 lgbt moments in sports, Sydney Convicts

An Australian gay rugby team made history this year by being the first to play in a professional match.

On July 6th, Sydney Convicts headed to Macquarie University to play in a professional match arranged to combat homophobia in sports.


John Barrowman kisses man at opening of the Commonwealth Games

2014 lgbt moments in sports, John Barrowman kiss

Leave it to fan favourite John Barrowman (Torchwood, Arrow) to add a bit of LGBT spice to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

At the games being held in Glasgow, he kissed a kilted man and then those around them cheered, “Here’s to equality!”


Tom Daley named biggest sporting inspiration

2014 lgbt moments in sports, Tom Daley

Earlier this year, Tom Daley was named one of rukkle’s best coming out videos online.

He added another title to his list of accomplishments this year by being named the biggest sporting inspiration.

The poll was voted on by young people living in the United Kingdom.


Ian Thorpe comes out

2014 lgbt moments in sports, Ian Thorpe

After years of denial, Ian Thorpe, finally admitted what many of us had long known, that he was gay. In a year of athletes coming out, Thorpe’s was one of the most surprising.

He’s broken 22 World Records and won 5 Olympic Golds, but it took him a lot of courage to confirm that he was gay in an interview that also covered his battle with depression, drugs, and alcohol.


2014 Gay and Lesbian inductees announced

2014 lgbt moments in sports, Gareth Thomas

Our final top 10 LGBT moments in sports features the LGBT athletes that were inducted in the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.

This year’s list of inductees included Tom Daley, Gareth Thomas, Jerry Smith, Fallon Fox, and Brittney Grenier. As well, Nike, Inc and the Ben Cohen StandUp foundation were inducted in too.


In an outstanding year full of memorable moments for LGBT athletes, rukkle is proud to have put together our top 10 2014 LGBT moments in sports.

 Jay rukkle
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One Response to Top 10 2014 LGBT Moments in Sports

  1. International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) December 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm

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    3. Socrates (470-399 A.C. – B.C.) Greek philosopher
    4. Plato (427-347 A.C. – B.C.) Greek philosopher
    5. Alexander the Great (356-323 A.C. – B.C.) King of Macedonia
    6. Wu (140-87 A.C. – B.C.) Chinese Emperor
    7. Julius Caesar (100-44 A.C. – B.C.) Roman Emperor
    8. Adriano (76-138 D.C.) Roman Emperor
    9. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Holy and Father the Catholic Church
    10. Benedict IX (1012-1056) Pope
    11. Richard the Lionheart (1157-1199) English king and Crusader
    12. Eduard II (1254-1327) English king
    13. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Renaissance artist, inventor and Italian scientist
    14. Michalengo Buonarrotti (1475-1564) Architect, sculptor and painter Italian
    15. Montezuma II (1480-1520) Aztec emperor
    16. Julius III (1487-1555) Pope
    17. Ieyasu Tokugawa (1542-1616) Japanese Shogun founder of the Edo Shogunate
    18. John Alexander Normandy (1545-1640) French journalist and poet
    19. Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman
    20. Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) English poet and playwright
    21. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Playwright, poet and English actor
    22. Christina Alexandra (1626-1689) Swedish queen
    23. Philippe of Orleans (1640-1701) French Prince of Bourbon Dynasty
    24. Peter the Great (1672-1725) Tsar of All Russia
    25. Frederick the Great (1712-1786) King of Prussia and military leader
    26. Madame de Staël (1766-1817) French writer and intellectual
    27. Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet
    28. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Danish poet and writer
    29. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) Euro-American writer and journalist
    30. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Euro-American philosopher and poet
    31. Herman Melville (1819-1891) Euro-American writer
    32. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) Euro-American poet
    33. Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Russian composer
    34. Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) French poet
    35. Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) British author
    36. Chief Crazy Horse (Tashunca Witko) (1849-1877) Chief tribe Oglala Sioux Chief
    37. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) English writer and playwright
    38. Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) Songwriter and English artist
    39. Sir Alfred Douglas (1870-1945) English writer and poet
    40. Marcel Proust (1871-1922) French writer
    41. Sergei Diaghileff (1872-1929) Russian Ballet businessman
    42. Willa Cather (1873-1947) Euro-American writer
    43. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954) French writer
    44. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) American writer and poet
    45. William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British writer and playwright
    46. Alice Babette Toklas (1877-1967) Euro-American writer
    47. Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) British Writer
    48. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Novelist, essayist and British writer
    49. John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) British economist and Nobel Prize
    50. Ernst Röhm (1887-1934) German Nazi Military
    51. Thomas Edward Lawrence -Lawrence of Arabia- (1888-1935) British soldier
    52. Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) Poet, diplomat, and feminist pedagogy Chilean
    53. Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French naturalist and writer
    54. Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950) Russian ballet dancer
    55. Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) British writer
    56. Cole Porter (1893-1964) Euro-American composer
    57. Bessie Smith (1894-1937) American black singer
    58. Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) Poet, playwright and prose writer Spanish
    59. Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) German actress and singer
    60. Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) Belgian-American british writer
    61. Salvador Novo (1904-1974) Poet, essayist, playwright and Mexican historian
    62. Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) British author and writer
    63. Greta Garbo (1905-1990) Swedish nationalized American actress
    64. Frieda Kahlo (1907-1964) Mexican artist and Activist
    65. Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973) Writer and poet
    66. Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) Writer, teacher and French philosopher
    67. Bayard Rustin (1910-87) American Human Rights activist
    68. Alan Turing (1912-1954) British mathematician
    69. Tennessee Williams (1914-1983) Euro-American playwright
    70. Chavela Vargas (1919-2012) Mexican singer
    71. Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) Writer, poet and Italian film director
    72. Truman Capote (1924-1984) Euro-American author
    73. James Baldwin (1924-1987) Novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and social critic
    74. Gore Vidal (1925- ) Euro-American writer
    75. Andy Warhol (1928- ) Plastic artist and American filmmaker
    76. Harvey Milk (1930-1978) Euro-American political
    77. Andy Warhol (1930-1987) Euro-American Pop Artist
    78. Audre Lorde (1934-1992) African-American writer and activist
    79. Alejandra Pizarnik (1936-1972) Argentina poet
    80. Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) Russian dancer
    81. Ian Mckellen (1939- ) British actor of stage and screen
    82. Antonio Arbulú Neira (1944- ) Peruvian psychologist
    83. Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) Pop British singer/songwriter/musician
    84. Elton John (1947- ) British Singer/songwriter/musican, singer
    85. Pedro Almodovar (1949- ) Film director, screenwriter and producer Spanish
    86. Juan Gabriel (1950- ) Mexican singer and composer
    87. Janis Ian (1951- ) Euro-American Singer/songwriter/musician
    88. John Travolta (1954- ) Actor, singer, dancer and pilot American aviator
    89. Nathan Lane (1956- ) Euro-American actor
    90. Martina Navratilova (1956- ) Czech tennis champion
    91. Miguel Bosé (1956- ) Spanish actor and singer
    92. Ellen Degeneres (1958- ) Euro-American Comedian/actor
    93. George Alan O’Dowd (1961- ) Singer, musician and British disc jockey
    94. Melissa Etheridge (1961- ) Euro-American Singer/songwriter/musician
    95. Tom Cruise (1962- ) American Actor
    96. Alan Cumming (1965- ) British Actor
    97. Ricardo Fort (1968-2013) Singer, actor and producing Argentinian
    98. Ricky Martin (1971- ) Singer, songwriter, actor and Puerto Rican writer
    99. Nein Patrick Harris (1973- ) Actor, singer and the American director
    100. Leonardo di Caprio (1974- ) Actor and producer of American cinema
    101. Cristian Castro (1974- ) Singer, actor and Mexican composer
    102. Pablo Ruiz (1975- ) Argentine singer
    103. Emiliano Rafael Boscatto (1981- ) Conductor argentine television
    104. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (1985- ) Portuguese footballer


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