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April 29, 2013

Lesbian broadcaster's coverage of the London Olympics and Paralympics has earned her a special award for television

Lesbian broadcaster Clare Balding is to receive a special award for reporting on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games at this year’s BAFTAs.

She is to be presented with an achievement award for factual presenting.

The BAFTA committee commended her work saying Balding has become a national treasure.

August 7, 2012

Gay pop star George Michael to join One Direction and Spice Girls at Olympic Closing Ceremony

British gay pop star George Michael is to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday (12 August).

Michael has just confirmed the rumors that he will take part in the ceremony, which sees the extinguishing of the Olympic flame, on Twitter.

He told Twitter followers: ‘Spending most of the next week rehearsing like crazy for the Olympic Closing Ceremony.’

July 28, 2012

First ever gay kiss is shown in Saudi Arabia, as well as some of the most homophobic countries in the world

A brief lesbian kiss at the Olympic opening ceremony has sparked praise and fury after it was aired in some of the most homophobic countries in the world.

Devised by Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle, the opening ceremony yesterday (27 July) featured the first ever televised lesbian kiss which originally aired in 1993.

The kiss was shown in countries such as Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal to be gay. No other gay kiss has ever been shown on television in the Middle Eastern country.

July 27, 2012

World’s most famous lesbian sportsperson says closeted gay competitors have nothing to lose from being open

Martina Navratilova, the world’s greatest ever female tennis star has told Gay Star News that closeted gay athletes should come out.

The lesbian multiple-Grand Slam champion says LGBT athletes who are not open are just ‘too paranoid’, in an interview released by GSN today (27 July) to mark the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

July 24, 2012

London 2012 weightlifter Zoe Smith hits back at internet trolls who said she looked like a 'bloke'

British Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith has slammed the 'ignorant twerps' who attacked her on Twitter, saying she looked like a 'bloke' and calling her a 'lesbian'.

The 18-year-old athlete, who will be competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games for the UK, received a torrent of abuse from internet trolls after she appeared in BBC Three documentary Girl Power - Going for Gold.