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August 15, 2014

Ida Keeling, 99, has become the first ever person in the 95-99 age category to run 100 meters in an internationally certified race at the Gay Games in Cleveland this week, setting a world record

99-year-old great-great-grandmother Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, becoming the first person in the 95-99 category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race.

Keeling ran the race in 59.8 seconds, taking only 50 seconds more to complete the 100 meters dash than many professional athletes.

August 15, 2014

Ida Keeling, 99, has become the first ever person in the 95-99 age category to run 100 meters in an internationally certified race at the Gay Games in Cleveland this week, setting a world record

99-year-old great-great-grandmother Ida Keeling set an international sporting record at the Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, becoming the first person in the 95-99 category to run the 100 meters in an internationally certified race.

Keeling ran the race in 59.8 seconds, taking only 50 seconds more to complete the 100 meters dash than many professional athletes.

August 11, 2014

The 2010 Olympian plans to marry stylist Saul Carrasco

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup is officially off the market.

Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, has announced via social media that he has become engaged to stylist Saul Carrasco.

The 29 year old is currently in Cleveland, Ohio, this week working as an official ambassador for the Gay Games which kicked off on Friday (8 August).

Skjellerup came out four months after he competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver where he finished 16th.

August 11, 2014

The 2010 Olympian plans to marry stylist Saul Carrasco

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup is officially off the market.

Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, has announced via social media that he has become engaged to stylist Saul Carrasco.

The 29 year old is currently in Cleveland, Ohio, this week working as an official ambassador for the Gay Games which kicked off on Friday (8 August).

Skjellerup came out four months after he competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver where he finished 16th.

August 8, 2014

Over 11,000 LGBT and ally athletes converge on Cleveland, Ohio to compete in over 30 sport categories

Gay sport and entertainment icons will kick off the 9th Gay Games, held in Cleveland, Ohio this year.

Former pop star Lance Bass and R&B girl group Pointer Sisters will be joined by openly gay former Olympic diver Greg Louganis on 9 August to welcome thousands of athletes and supporters to what is considered one of the most inclusive sports & cultural festivals in the world.

August 6, 2014

'Your sport is what makes up who you are more than your sexuality'

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, reminds closeted athletes that they need to keep their eye on the prize until they are ready to come out.

The 29 year old came out himself four months after he competed in the Olympics and finished 16th. He is one of the official ambassadors for the Gay Games which begin on Friday (8 August) in Cleveland, Ohio.

June 26, 2014

The LGBTI affirming American United Church of Christ has signed on to be one of the official sponsors of this year’s Gay Games taking place in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron in August

The United States’ United Church of Christ has been announced as a sponsor of Gay Games 9 – taking place in the Ohio cities of Akron and Cleveland from 9 to 16 August this year.

The United Church of Christ is one of the oldest LGBTI affirming religious denominations in the world, coming out against the criminalization of homosexuality in 1969 and the church has supported marriage equality since 2005.

May 30, 2014

Two women have fled the US state of Georgia as they feel they are not protected by the police

Travel police in Atlanta are investigating the attack of two trans women by several men on a train.

The video of the fight from last week, which shows the two women being verbally harassed before one man threw a kick, has gone viral online.

Other passengers did not help the two women, as one of them was stripped in a further bid to humiliate her, with some even cheering the men on.

October 9, 2013

Hot in Cleveland stars Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves show their support for LGBT teens

The cast for the show Hot in Cleveland is going purple on 17 October, Spirit Day.

Since 2010 individuals and organizations have worn purple, the color of spirit on the rainbow flag. The day is meant to combat bullying.

Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves the cast of the TV Land show recorded an advertisement for GLAAD to bring attention to the day.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

September 19, 2013

A 17-year-old male taken into custody, may be charged with hate crime

An arrest has been made in connection with the beating of a man outside of a gay bar in Cleveland, Ohio, that has been the site of several anti-gay incidents in recent months.

Jared Fox, 26, is a New York man who was visiting his hometown and was walking towards Cleveland Cocktails on 31 August when he was confronted by a group of about 20 youths.

September 19, 2013

A 17-year-old male taken into custody, may be charged with hate crime

An arrest has been made in connection with the beating of a man outside of a gay bar in Cleveland, Ohio, that has been the site of several anti-gay incidents in recent months.

Jared Fox, 26, is a New York man who was visiting his hometown and was walking towards Cleveland Cocktails on 31 August when he was confronted by a group of about 20 youths.

September 12, 2013

Cleveland officials say repeated calls place 'an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers'

The city of Cleveland in Ohio - due to host the 2014 Gay Games next summer - has asked a gay bar where two recent homophobic attacks against customers took place to quit calling police so often.

The owner of Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge received a letter this week from the director of the Department of Public Safety complaining that in the span of 12 months, police had been called to the business nine times.

September 12, 2013

Cleveland officials say repeated calls place 'an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers'

The city of Cleveland in Ohio - due to host the 2014 Gay Games next summer - has asked a gay bar where two recent homophobic attacks against customers took place to quit calling police so often.

The owner of Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge received a letter this week from the director of the Department of Public Safety complaining that in the span of 12 months, police had been called to the business nine times.

September 11, 2013

Patrons of a gay bar say they have been victims of homophobic attacks in Cleveland, Ohio

A 13-year-old could face jail time after being arrested for a homophobic hate crime.

Customers of Cocktails bar in Cleveland, Ohio, have been the victims of two homophobic attacks in the space of less than one week.

Last week it was reported customer Jared Fox was attacked by a mob of 20 on 1 September.

He was taunted him with gay slurs and beaten up outside the bar just after midnight.

September 3, 2013

Jared Fox says he was called a 'faggot' and asked: 'Do you want to die?'

A New York man has made a nearly 10-minute YouTube video detailing what he says was a hate crime attack against him by a mob outside a gay bar in Cleveland, Ohio.

'One of them said, "Do you want to die?" and I thought, "No."' Jared Fox said through tears.

Fox was visiting his hometown when the alleged incident occurred on 31 August. It is being investigated by Cleveland police as a robbery and possible hate crime. No arrests have been made but there is survelience footage .

August 6, 2013

US anti-abortion group the National Right To Life Committee has disendorsed their Cleveland chapter over its campaigning against same-sex marriage in a sign of a diversifying of views in the ‘pro-life’ movement

The US National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) has disendorsed its Cleveland, Ohio chapter after the group added same-sex marriage to the issues it campaigns against - suggesting you can be anti-abortion and pro-same-sex marriage.

Cleveland Right To Life (CRTL) changed their official mission statement to include same-sex marriage along with abortion, euthanasia and infanticide as things ‘contrary to the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God,’ on 24 June – prompting National Right To Life president Carlos Tobias to write to the group to tell them they had been disaffiliated.

June 28, 2013

GSN meets the team from North Coast Softball who are preparing for the Gay Softball World Series

Gay softball is a big deal and clubs across North America are in preparations for the Gay Softball World Series in which over 150 LGBT teams compete each year.

We caught up with Jason Buffa – commissioner of Cleveland’s North Coast Softball, to find out how the club is shaping up this year.

When was the North Coast Softball established?  

May 3, 2013

Cernia Acoff, 20, was stabbed, dumped in a pond tied to a concrete block and a steel pipe three weeks after she went missing

An Ohio politician is urging police to treat the murder of a transgender woman as a hate crime.

Cernia Acoff, a 20-year-old known as Cici, was found half-naked stabbed, dumped in a pond tied to a concrete block and a steel pipe.

She was found 17 April, three weeks after she went missing on 27 March.

April 30, 2013

A transgender woman was found three weeks after she went missing half-naked with numerous stab wounds

March 9, 2013

A gay man who spent 11 and a half years in prison after being falsely accused of murder will receive one of the largest payouts for wrongful imprisonment in US history

A US federal court has awarded a gay man $13.2 million after it recognized that he had been wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he did not commit.

David Ayers, now 56, was accused of murder by the Cleveland Police Department after Dorothy Brown, a 76 year old public housing resident, was found dead in 1999.

Ayers had for eight years been employed as a security officer by the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority which housed Brown before he was accused of her murder after he was the last known person to have seen her alive.

March 4, 2013

We meet the LGBT multi-sports organization from the US state of Delaware as they plan ahead for the Gay Games in 2014

You might not have heard of Rehoboth Beach. It’s a small coastal community that’s part of the rapidly growing Delaware Beaches area – easily reached from Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia – making it a popular resort town during the summer.

It’s also home to Team Rehoboth Beach, the LGBT multi-sports organization.

As part of our continuing series to document the LGBT sports clubs around the world, we spoke with Bill McManus from Team Rehoboth Beach to find out more.

December 20, 2012

Federation of Gay Games approves new sports for 2018 but polo horses can stay at home

Archers, fencers and wheelchair rugby players are hoping to take part in the Gay Games in 2018 after the event’s governing body approved their sports.

The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) has also agreed to a boxing tournament, pétanque and roller derby but turned their nose up at a request to include polo.

So while boxing is considered a knock-out idea, archery hit the target and they decided wheelchair rugby was wheely good, anyone hoping to see Prince Harry astride a stallion at a Gay Games anytime soon will definitely be disappointed.