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June 25, 2015

Matt Hatzke is sharing his story now 'to help the next guy find acceptance and happiness'

He played with David Beckham and against Robbie Rogers but the stress of being a closeted gay man led Matt Hatzke to walk away from pro soccer just as his career was getting started.

' ... I felt I had to leave soccer to sort out my personal life and get things right in my head. I truly believed that I could never come out as gay while playing professional soccer,' Hatzke wrote in a first-person account posted on Outsports Wednesday (24 June).

June 9, 2015

These footballers are paving the way for equality in sport

The world of sport may still be a hostile place for many LGBTI athletes.

With its long history of homophobia, there are precious few openly gay men in the entire football industry, despite efforts to encourage tolerance and equality in sport.

But this year, there are at least 14 openly gay or bisexual women playing in the Canada World Cup - that's exactly 14 more than the men's World Cup last year.

Meet some of the footballers who are scoring a goal for LGBTI rights:

June 1, 2015

'I chose not to hide in the closet because I love my kid'

Two Filipino TV hosts have come under fire for advising a gay dad to 'go back into the closet' to protect his children from bullying.

Diamond, who is married to a woman, appeared on the Problem Solving segment of Eat Bulaga! – the longest-running show on Philippine TV – on 22 May.

'My problem is that I have three kids — two are boys — and I have experienced being discriminated and teased by people who didn’t understand my being gay,' he said.

April 21, 2015

Simply sizzling on the Canary Islands

Last month we reported how the Canary Islands Tourism Board won a marketing award for its stunning 2014 LGBTI-focused ad campaign.

The organization was awarded bronze at the UK-based Travel Marketing Awards for its photography project named 'Bring your holidays out of the closet.'

March 4, 2015

Asks gay bros for advice

Finding a daddy on Grindr is nothing unusual, but that man is not usually your biological father.

Such was the case for teen Reddit user stilldecidinginbetween when he turned to the gay bros community for advice.

'Found out that my “Homophobe” dad has Grindr on his iPhone when he asked me to go fetch it from the car,' he wrote.

March 2, 2015

The latest LGBTI business news, interviews and analysis from a global team of reporters and expert analysts

Gay Star News has today launched a new Business Section, to complement its existing, extensive coverage of the LGBTI world.

The website, which scored its best ever monthly traffic at the beginning of 2015 with over 5 million unique visitors in the month of January, has teamed up with The Glass Closet to produce the section; helmed by Gay Star News’ new Business Editor, David Hudson.

February 27, 2015

The book that convincingly and forcefully explains why coming out is good for business

Today gay men and women in the Western world enjoy greater acceptance and more legal protection than ever before. Yet an alarming number of businessmen and women choose to remain closeted at work.

In the critically-acclaimed book, The Glass Closet, John Browne argues that whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, it’s better for you, your business and the economy when you bring your authentic self to work.

February 23, 2015

The Glass Closet – the book and website launched by Lord Browne of Madingley – has teamed up with Gay Star News to launch a new online resource on the world of business, workplace best practice and careers

Gay Star News is excited to announce that it will be uniting with The Glass Closet to produce a new, online LGBTI business section – to be launched next Monday (2 March).

The launch of the section is the latest development in the evolution of Gay Star News, which is now one of the top five LGBTI news websites in the world. In January it recorded its best ever month of traffic, with over 5 million unique visitors.

February 12, 2015

Former CEO of a multinational company wants to help improve the environment for LGBTI people in the business world

Gay Star News can announce Lord Browne of Madingley has become a shareholder in the business, taking a 12.5% stake, today (12 February).

Seven years after his resignation as CEO of BP, Lord Browne wrote The Glass Closet, a book about the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business. He has since become a high-profile advocate for greater openness in the corporate world.

Lord Browne said: ‘When I wrote The Glass Closet, I always hoped that it would grow into something more than just a book. Gay Star News provides the perfect platform for that growth.

February 9, 2015

New survey reveals how many teachers feel unable to come out and stay safe

A shocking number of LGBTI teachers have suffered homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at school.

Union NASUWT has found more than half of its members in attendance were discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity during their teaching career.

Nearly a quarter said they felt they needed to stay closeted, with only a third saying they felt they could be out and safe at school.

November 25, 2014

'It's like wearing a toupee. It suggests that you’re not proud of who you are'

Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson has been one of the highest-profile power players in the movie industry for more than two decades.

She's also an out and proud lesbian and has little respect for those who choose to remain in the closet.

'It’s a detriment to be closeted,' she tells The New York Times Magazine.

November 8, 2014

The former head of BP, who was outed in 2007, spoke movingly today at business and diversity forum EurOUT 2014: warning tomorrow’s business leaders to be open about their sexuality

Lord Browne of Madingley, who was outed by a newspaper in May 2007 after it discovered details of his relationship with a man, spoke movingly today at a leading business and diversity conference in London.

The annual EurOUT 2014 conference – now in its fourth year – was held at the London Business School, Regents Park. The event is aimed at tomorrow’s business leaders; both students and recent alumni.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

June 3, 2014

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest'

Doris Day still grows emotional when talking about the late Rock Hudson, her co-star in three romantic comedies including the 1959 smash Pillow Talk.

'The world lost a talented actor and a fine human being when he passed away,' Day says in a new video for Turner Classic Movies which is paying tribute to Hudson this month.

The actress, now 90, gets choked up a bit and adds: 'I lost one of my dearest friends and I still miss him so much.'

'He was one of the funniest men I've ever known - and the nicest.'

May 22, 2014

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study will be the first to measure the level of homophobia in the sporting arena in different countries and is taking place now to report back in time for the world cup of gay rugby in August

The first international study on homophobia in sport is aiming to shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field.

Researchers will also gather national data for the USA to compare it with other countries to find which countries have sporting cultures that are the most welcoming of same-sex attracted people.

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study was launched in the wake of controversy around Michael Sam’s draft and in time for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel

April 12, 2014

Promoting her book, the US conservative says that Christian prayer can help people out of the gay ‘lifestyle’

US conservative Christian Linda Harvey has once again spoken out against gay people, this time saying that they should all remain in the closet.

Harvey, who is president of the far right group Mission America, was on the Janet Mefferd radio show to talk about her book called Maybe He’s Not Gay.

When asked about young gay people coming out to their family and friends she had her own theory on what they should do.

March 5, 2014

A new film will take a snapshot of the gay world through the eyes of 20-somethings in the hope of changing hearts and minds

National treasure and all-round nice bloke, Sir Ian ‘X-Men’ McKellen, was recently quoted as saying: ‘I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out.’

Nine out of 10 cats need the confidence of a safe environment in order to feel ready with those first steps out of the closet.

But how can anyone even begin to feel great about themselves when Uganda, Nigeria, India, Russia and various states within the US of A are passing legislation that makes it illegal to live a full LGBTI life?

February 22, 2014

'I often thought my gravestone would say, 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out,"' says the 75-year-old actor who came out publicly 25 years ago

Speaking with BuzzFeed Brews interview on Friday, gay British actor Ian McKellen commended his X-Men co-star Ellen Page for coming out last week, and encouraged LGBTs who are in the closet to consider doing the same.

The 75-year-old, who publicly came out more than 25 years ago, is best known for playing Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

September 23, 2013

'It's up to them to decide if they want to come out or not'

Lance Bass came out publicly with a big splash on the cover of People Magazine and the headline 'I'm Gay' in the summer of 2006.

The N Sync singer had been given a big push out of the closet by blogger Perez Hilton who posted photos of Bass and then boyfriend Reichen Lehmkuhl wearing each others' clothes.

Bass, during an appearance Monday (23 September) on Bethenny Frankel's daytime talk show, says he would never put another gay person in that position.

He was asked on the show: 'Would you ever lie to help a closeted celebrity stay closeted?'

May 23, 2013

Scott Thorson says Liberace told him: 'I can’t admit a thing'

Liberace, who died in 1987 from complications from AIDS, never publicly admitted to being gay during his lifetime.

His former lover Scott Thorson - whose memoir the film Behind the Candelabra is based - is sharing details of some of the lengths the late entertainer went through to remain closeted.

May 2, 2013

Now NBA giant Jason Collins has come out as gay, Reverend Irene Monroe looks at what it will mean for sports fans and gay African Americans

The professional sports world has been waiting for a Jason Collins moment – a gay athlete currently playing in a major league to come out publicly. What you may not know is that the subtext is that it was hoped the moment would star an African American male.

The African American community, let alone the sports world, desperately needed an openly gay, current, male, professional player.

October 31, 2012

A campaign by the Royal Dutch Football Association asks gay sportsmen to come out and the video is going viral

Why not step out of the closet? The team is on your side, a video sponsored by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) urges.

And the YouTube clip featuring a player trapped inside a real life closet was commissioned by Dutch broadcaster BNN, and is now going viral.

Soccer is not a gay-friendly environment, this is true. But in the Netherlands the main football association is trying to make footballers come out of the closet.

October 4, 2012

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are asking people to join them and mark International Coming Out Day

A pink closet will be travelling around the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester to help people come out.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are asking people to join them on International Coming Out Day on 11 October and show their support for the mentally and emotionally challenging task that so many people face.

The annual event's aim is to raise awareness of the network of support that is available to the general public when they come out, making it that little bit easier.