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August 8, 2012

Trampolinist Ji Wallace says he was inspired to be open about his HIV status after watching an interview with US diver Greg Louganis

Gay Australian Olympic trampolinist Ji Wallace has publicly revealed he is HIV positive while attending the London 2012 games.

Wallace opened up about his HIV status in a letter sent to the Star Observer, saying he was inspired by US diver Greg Louganis's experience of living with the virus and being gay.

'I have been contemplating writing this for a while,' the athlete told the Aussie newspaper.

July 27, 2012

Back on Board chronicles his winning gold at Seoul Olympics while secretly HIV positive

As a high school student, Greg Louganis won a silver medal in diving at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Then eight years later in Los Angeles, he won two gold medals.

But it is his performance in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul that made him an Olympic diving legend. He hit his head on the diving board during the springboard preliminaries, required stitches, but still managed to come back and win gold medals in that event and in the platform diving.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog Outsports.com, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.

June 11, 2012

Four-time Gold Medalist tells Olympic hopefuls: 'Everybody there wants to see you succeed'

American divers have failed to win any Olympic medals in the last two Summer Games and won just one in 2000.

So who better to motivate them than the man who has won more diving medals in US history: Greg Louganis.

Louganis, winner of two golds as the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, two gold at the 1988 Games in Seoul, and a silver at the 1976 Games in Montreal when he was still in high school, was brought in by US Diving in 2010 as an athlete mentor to the Olympic hopefuls.

April 5, 2012

LadyRock Idol offers prize of main stage slot

LadyRock Festival is running a competition to win a 15-minute performance slot on their main stage.

The first all women’s festival in Manchester will take place on 26 May, aiming to bring ‘girl power’ to the 21st century.

March 1, 2012

LadyRock Festival celebrates all things British in debut concert

Popstar KT Tunstall will headline the first ever women’s only festival in the northwest of the UK.

The Scottish songwriter will headline the LadyRock Festival in Manchester on 26 May, performing alongside radio favourites New Young Pony Club and the critically acclaimed Ronika.

Tunstall is most famous for her 2005 single Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, which charted across the UK, Europe and the United States.

Her hit Suddenly I See also featured in the opening scenes of the Hollywood film The Devil Wears Prada.

February 29, 2012

Will we see openly gay and lesbian athletes competing at the 2012 London Olympics?

Although the Olympic charter commits the International Olympic Committee: 'To act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement’; and 'To encourage and support the development of sport for all’, it is widely documented that gay men and lesbians are grossly under-represented at this elite level (it is believed that at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, only 0.1% of athletes were openly gay or lesbian).

January 29, 2012

Facebook campaign for Greg Louganis to appear on popular TV show

In 2010, Olympian Greg Louganis told People magazine he wanted to be a contestant on the reality show 'Dancing with the Stars.' His fans have not forgotten that, and created a Facebook page to petition the show's producers to include him in next season's lineup.

January 6, 2012

Television personality launches a new brand of skivvies called Rated M

Mario Lopez was in his late teens and starring on the sitcom Saved By the Bell when he first realized it wasn't just young girls who were swooning after him.

Two decades later, the actor and television host continues to have a big gay following which is sure to get even bigger with the launch of a line of underwear called Rated M.