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By Nathan James

In a series of Tweets last night, Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete to sign with an NFL team, announced he was “stepping away from football”, out of “concern for [his] mental health”.

Sam, who was the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player Of The Year in 2014, while playing for Missouri State University, made international headlines that summer, when he publicly came out of the closet, before the annual NFL Draft. Sam was subsequently signed–and dropped–by both the St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys, without ever playing a regular season game for either team.  Read More

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By Nathan James

David Denson, a first baseman with the Helena Brewers, has publicly come out of the closet, making him the first openly gay player on a Major League Baseball-owned team.

Denson, 20, says his teammates on the Montana Pioneer League team, which is operated by the Milwaukee Brewers, supported and encouraged his decision to reveal his sexual orientation.

Denson decided to come out because “it was starting to affect my game, because I was trying so hard to hide it.” But his dugout was understanding. “They said, ‘You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day,’” Denson recalls. Read More

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By Katarina Hoije

MALMÖ, SWEDEN — One day in January 2014, award-winning Nigerian writer and rights activist Jude Dibia woke up gasping for air. Nigeria had just passed a law criminalizing homosexuality. This prompted Dibia to make the decision to leave his home country.

Dibia now lives in Sweden, where he is a guest writer of the Malmö City of Refuge, a program offering shelter to writers and artists at risk.Jude Dibia was happy earlier this year, after the U.S. took the huge step of legalizing same-sex marriage. He immediately went online to read what Nigerians and other Africans were saying about the law.“Most of it was a fear of this coming to the continent. It almost intensified the hatred people have for gay people,” he said. Read More

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By Nathan James

Julian Bond, whose career as a civil rights advocate and leader spanned five decades, died yesterday at his home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, following a severe illness, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) officials said.

Julian_Bond_MLKBond, 75, was chairman of the NAACP for ten years, and began his work as an activist at Morehouse College during the 1960s, as one of the founders of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), at the forefront of Dr. Martin Luther King‘s drive to end Jim Crow laws and practices across the South. Read More

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London, UK – LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is today undergoing major eye surgery in St Thomas’s hospital in London to correct the damage caused when he was beaten up by President Mugabe’s minders in Brussels in 2001 and by neo-Nazis in Moscow in 2007.

The Mugabe assault involved several severe blows to his head, the last one of which knocked him unconscious. The Moscow attack was single massive blow to his right eye, which left him reeling and semi-conscious. Read More

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HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves “HIV reservoirs” untouched.

The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was “highly potent” at reactivating hidden HIV. Experts said the findings were interesting, but it was important to know if the drug was safe in patients. Read More

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MEMPHIS, Tenn – Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., Mayor Mark Luttrell and other elected officials joined the Memphis Host Committee of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. (NBCUSA) announced details of the five-day 135th Annual Session of the NBCUSA that is set to return to Memphis September 7, 2015.  Read More

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