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"Face The Nation" looks at coming out in pro sports

“Face The Nation” devotes half its hour-long program on CBS on Sunday to discuss how professional sports are changing as diversity and tolerance are put to the test by gay athletes' coming out.

NFL meets with gay rights groups

The National Football League meets with LGBT rights groups about the push to end homophobia in sports, at a time when speculation increases over whether the first gay player will soon come out in professional athletics.

Brendon Ayanbadejo: Four gay NFL players could come out "sooner than you think"

"We're in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they're trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out."

Is an NFL player ready to come out?

"The player fears he will suffer serious harm from homophobic fans, and that is the only thing preventing him from coming out."

Gay in sports remains "taboo in the locker room"

About 4,000 players perform in the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball, but none have come out publicly. Los Angeles Times looks at attitudes in the locker room.

10 famous allies who came out for equality in 2012 | VIDEO

In 2012, quite a few famous faces came out as allies of the LGBT community to tremendous effect. Here are 10 of our favorite notable quotes from celebrities and public figures that spoke up for LGBT equality in 2012.

COMMENTARY: NFL player Matt Birk shows his true colors

Matt Birk pleads for dropping the terms "bigot" and "homophobic" labels for people like himself who oppose marriage equality. Sorry, this pastor says: Look in the mirror!