nfl en Which NFL Team is the Most Popular in Kentucky? <p>Controversy swirled around the NFL earlier this year after PBS aired a <a href="">documentary </a>about the long-term effects of concussions on football players.</p><p>Yet the league is wildly popular—Forbes estimated in August that the NFL would have a<a href=""> revenue this year of $9 billion, </a>the largest of any sports league.</p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:03:45 +0000 Joseph Lord 7972 at Which NFL Team is the Most Popular in Kentucky? Louisville Cardinals' Charlie Strong: 'I've Never, Ever Thought About the NFL' <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Cardinals football coach Charlie Strong isn't paying much attention to an NFL panel’s suggestion that he’d make a good candidate for a professional football coaching job.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ESPN reports that an <a href="">NFL advisory board formed to identify potential minority coaches is pushing Strong and Stanford’s David Shaw.</a></span></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:38:34 +0000 Joseph Lord 7280 at Louisville Cardinals' Charlie Strong: 'I've Never, Ever Thought About the NFL' Strange Fruit: Kentucky Schools Unsafe for LGBTQ Students <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Did you feel safe in middle and high school? Were you ever physically harassed, or even assaulted, because of your LGBTQ identity? A report released last month by the <a href="">Gay, Lesbian &amp; Straight Education Network</a> (GLSEN) confirms what many of us already knew: Kentucky schools are often hostile and unsafe for LGBTQ students.</p><p>The study is called <a href="">School Climate in Kentucky</a>&nbsp;(PDF), and the results show lots of work still needs to be done. For example, 9 out of 10 students in the Commonwealth say they regularly hear anti-gay slurs in school. 36% report regularly hearing that language&nbsp;<em>from school staff members</em>.</p><p>Nearly 6 in 1o students were physically harassed (like being pushed or shoved), and 3 in 10 were physically assaulted (like being punched, kicked, or injured with a weapon) because of their LGBTQ status or gender presentation.&nbsp;</p><p>So instead of just rattling off numbers and feeling disheartened, we decided to speak to the folks who compiled the research. Mark Bartkiewicz&nbsp;is a GLSEN researcher who worked on the state reports, and he joined us by phone this week to talk about the results, how Kentucky's numbers compare to other states, and what can be done to help (spoiler alert: it's gay/straight student alliances and enlightened faculty members).</p><p>We also spoke more this week about the closet door in professional sports (for people who know next to nothing about them, we sure do talk about them a lot). This week, NCAA breakout star &amp; top WNBA draft pick Brittney Griner came out of the closet. "I wouldn't say I was hiding or anything like that," she told Sports Illustrated <a href=";eref=sihp">in an interview</a>. "I've always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So it wasn't hard at all. If I can show that I'm out and I'm fine and everything's ok, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way."</p><p>Who<em> doesn't</em> feel the same way? Male professional athletes, it would seem. In fact, this same week, NFL player and University of Louisville alumnus Kerry Rhodes has been the target of gay rumors after released pictures of him <a href="">looking affectionate with another man</a>&nbsp;while on vacation (they helpfully illustrated the story with an NFL logo in which the football has been covered in pink sequins).</p><p>Rhodes told The Advocate that <a href="">he's not gay, but he's an ally</a>. "I know a lot of people are recently talking about athletes struggling to come out to their fans right now," he said, "and I support them, as well as wish those individuals comfort." It seems like the world is waiting for an actively-playing male athlete to come out, so in our Juicy Fruit and closing thoughts segments this week, we did some unpacking of the situation. How do sexual politics play out in the hyper-masculine&nbsp;culture of pro sports (especially football), and why is it <a href="">so very different</a> for women athletes than men?&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 5071 at Strange Fruit: Kentucky Schools Unsafe for LGBTQ Students Strange Fruit: It's the Super Strange Fruit Bowl, Featuring Wade Davis <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src=";color=cc00ff&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Huddle up, sports fans! It's time for the Super Bowl (or so we hear), and it's been a huge week for </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sports news!</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan </span>Ayanbadejo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has gotten lots of positive attention for being an advocate of </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rights, and for </span><a href=";_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">using the spotlight of the Super Bowl</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to get the word out. And Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth </span>Faried<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href=";v=Kik0ZrVeh08" style="line-height: 1.5;">released an adorable video</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in praise of his two moms. Sadly, not </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">all</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the news was good. </span>Kwame<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Harris was essentially outed this week when he had to appear in court on charges he </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">assaulted his ex-boyfriend</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(Harris had never publicly said he's gay, but for what it's worth, his former teammates say <a href="">it wouldn't matter to them</a>).</span></div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In what was probably the biggest </span>LGBTQ-related<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> story of this Super Bowl season, San Francisco </span>49ers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cornerback Chris </span>Culliver<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;had </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">a not-quite-progressive reaction</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when asked whether he'd be comfortable playing football with gay people. In the quote heard 'round the sports world, he said:</span></p><p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 3773 at Strange Fruit: It's the Super Strange Fruit Bowl, Featuring Wade Davis