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Don’t punt on LGBTQ+ inclusion in sports

Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay athlete, gave a speech at a Rainbow Alliance’s event at Pitt last April.  (TPN file photo)

By Henry Glitz | Opinions Editor

September 7, 2017

When Pitt’s football team faces off against Penn State tomorrow at Beaver Stadium, both teams will continue a tradition which began in the 19th century — but in a vastly different culture. At the teams’ first meeting in 1893, Pitt had yet to integrate, and Penn State had never admitted a black s...

Rainbow Alliance brings Sam’s story to Pitt

Alex Nally | Staff Photographer

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016

Michael Sam didn’t set out to make a name for himself as a gay athlete — he just wanted to play football. But when a teammate’s cousin said Sam’s story inspired her against taking her life, Sam realized how influential he could be. Sam told this story Tuesday night as part of the Rainbow A...

What not to miss on campus this week

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

April 12, 2016

Donald Trump’s Wednesday visit may be grabbing all the local headlines, but his isn’t the only event worth noting this week. The second to last week of class doesn’t usually garner the same amount of  excitement as the last, but it’s hard not to get excited, as this week offers, among other events, an Acad...

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