James Blake

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ATP Tennis Player

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“I am proud to be affiliated with Athlete Ally because they do exceptional work that can actually make a difference in the sports world and beyond. Inclusion doesn’t have to be a political issue, but more a human issue. As a mixed background person, I have been told I could be hated by both sides. I have always tried to look at it the opposite way as a positive that I could be accepted and included. I am extremely lucky and feel that everyone should have the feeling of acceptance.”

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Dec 3, 2013

Olympic athletes active in non-discrimination campaign

The campaign has a clothing line with shirts and sweatshirts that say, “Principle 6 Sport does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise.”

Some of the athletes involved include MLS player Robbie Rogers, NBA players Steve Nash and Jason Collins (retired) and tennis players Andy Roddick, James Blake and Mardy Fish.

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Aug 30, 2013

Blake's career ends with 1st-round loss at US Open

Afterward, he talked about tennis, but also causes dear to him. Blake has joined Athlete Ally, an organization working to end homophobia in sports. He lamented an athletic culture “where you’re too often seeing a lot of macho sort of showboating when everyone should feel comfortable.”

“Sports is a great equalizer,” Blake said.

He condemned the law prohibiting gay “propaganda” in Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics next year.

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May 29, 2013

James Blake Joins Anti-Homophobia Campaign

American tennis player James Blake joins Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick as an ambassador to the anti-homophobia group Athlete Ally.

Says Blake: “I am proud to be affiliated with Athlete Ally because they do exceptional work that can actually make a difference in the sports world and beyond. Inclusion doesn’t have to be a political issue, but more a human issue. As a mixed background person, I have been told I could be hated by both sides. I have always tried to look at it the opposite way as a positive that I could be accepted and included. I am extremely lucky and feel that everyone should have the feeling of acceptance.”

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