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February 10, 2014

The annual awards are a celebration of the outstanding achievements of role models and community organisations

The National Diversity Awards have opened for nominations this month, giving people the opportunity to nominate their own heroes for recognition.

The black tie event, in association with Microsoft, showcases the work of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, inclusion and diversity in today’s society.

Founder Paul Sesay said: ‘It’s overwhelming to follow the inspiring stories of Britain’s unsung heroes.

'Let’s recognize true role models and continue to celebrate our nation’s diversity champions this year’.

June 10, 2013

London announces scene and upcoming talent for Pride in London event

Doctor Who pin-up and Children’s BBC TV presenter Andrew Hayden-Smith has been named as a host for Pride in London as the free festival’s line-up is announced.

Hayden-Smith will be joined as a host for the main stage in Trafalgar Square by drag legend Dusty O, actor and comedian Chris Fitchew and UK Paralympic sitting-basketball player Claire Harvey at the event in the UK capital.

January 31, 2013

The UK’s lesbian monthly magazine celebrates with special cover featuring X Factor star Lucy Spraggan and others

A host of Britain’s brightest and best lesbian stars grace the 200th front cover of DIVA, the UK’s gay girls’ monthly glossy mag, today (31 January).

A special fold-out cover for the celebratory edition of the magazine features some of London’s best known lesbian names.

It includes BBC news reader Jane Hill, authors Sarah Waters and Stella Duffy, X Factor singing contest sensation Lucy Spraggan, Paralympian seated volleyball star Claire Harvey, artist Maggi Hambling and TV chef Allegra McEvedy.

December 25, 2012

80s singing star Boy George and Paralympian Claire Harvey among those to back Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s Love Equal Marriage campaign

Celebrities have thrown their weight behind a push to get marriage equality out of the debating chamber and onto the statute books in Britain.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF), north-west England’s leading LGBT organization, is leading the Love Equal Marriage campaign.

The UK government has brought forward proposals for full marriage equality for England and Wales and the Scottish government is also taking action with both bills set to be debated in 2013.

November 23, 2012

Champion powerlifter Chris Morgan is impressed when he meets sports fans at a London primary school and discovers they deserve gold medals in supporting equality

Prior to my recent visit to Hungerford Primary School in London I don’t think I had actually set foot in any school for well over 20 years.

September 28, 2012

Gay Star News joins DC Comics, Team GB Olympic athletes and Jessie J in prestigious UK gay awards nominees list

Britain’s leading gay rights organization, Stonewall, has announced the shortlist today (28 September) for its annual awards.

The ceremony on 1 November at the V&A museum in London is a glamorous highlight of the UK’s gay calendar.

September 6, 2012

GB's Claire Harvey may not have won a medal, but the sitting volleyball captain is looking forward to Rio 2016

The only openly lesbian athlete of the Paralympic Games 2012 has left the competition without winning a single match.

But Great Britain’s Claire Harvey, who captained the sitting volleyball team, has left the Games with her pride intact.

After losing out to Japan in three sets to zero, she said: ‘This was always going to be a very tough tournament.

‘It was all about gaining experience in this sort of arena, which you don't get anywhere else, and to take our sport into Rio.’

August 27, 2012

Only two athletes out of 4,200, a shocking 0.5%, have come out as gay

When you are a gay Paralympian, you have to triumph over more than adversity.

Not only do you have to overcome myths about gay people in sport, but your disability as well.

Out of 4,200 athletes competing in 503 medal events, only two so far have been open about their sexuality.

This means only 0.05% of athletes will be openly gay at the Paralympic Games.

Both British-born athletes, Lee Pearson and Claire Harvey are flying the flag for Team LGBT in the Paralympic Games.

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%.

May 17, 2012

Sitting volleyball champion Claire Harvey, due to compete in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, supports UK capital's bid to host Gay Games

A lesbian Paralympic athlete backs London’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018.

London 2018, the organizing committee for the bid, is seeking support for all 26 sports featured in the international tournament, as well as patrons from the LGBT sports world.

Claire Harvey, a sitting volleyball athlete playing for the Great Britain team in the Paralympics in London this summer, has also been announced as a patron for the bid.

Jonathan Harbourne, co-chair of the bid, said it is a huge honor to have Harvey as a patron.

January 30, 2012

Achievements of LGBT people to be celebrated in eighth annual event

February 2012 marks the eighth annual British LGBT History Month. First initiated in 2005, LGBT History Month is a time to celebrate the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.