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November 20, 2014

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie'

Former Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has said he is 'ashamed' he did not come out earlier after years of denying his sexuality.

The 32-year-old Olympian was named Man of Influence at last night's GQ Men Of The Year Awards in Sydney.

'I’m a little bit ashamed that I didn’t come out earlier, that I didn’t have the strength to do it,' he told the magazine.

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie.'

September 12, 2014

Rumors fly that the singer and swimmer are about to reveal their relationship in a magazine interview

Are Ricky Martin and Ian Thorpe about to take their place as one of the world’s most famous celebrity gay couples?

The rumors appear to have been sparked in the last few hours by tweets from celebrity gossip commentator Peter Ford.

August 2, 2014

Earlier in the Games, Daley took silver in the 10m platform pairs

United Kingdom's out diver Tom Daley took gold today (2 August) in the Commonwealth Games' 10m platform.

'GOLD!!!' he wrote on Facebook, under his picture holding the Glasgow medal.

According to the BBC, the 20-year-old scored 516.55 to keep the title he won in Delhi in 2010.

Malaysia's Ooi Tze Liang took silver with a score of 433.70; Vincent Riendeau, from Canada, was awarded  bronze with 429.25.

August 1, 2014

Last-minute replacements, silver medalists Daley and partner James Denny had only practiced together three times

The world's two most famous openly gay divers had a very good night Friday (1 August) at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia's Matthew Mitcham and his partner Domonic Bedggood took the gold medal in 10m platform pairs.

They survived a late challenge by Britain's Tom Daley and partner James Denny who took a surprise silver.

Mitcham shared his joy on Twitter: 'OMG FINALLY!!! Lol after 6 Comm Games silvers, I finally have a gold one!!'

Daley and Denny had gone into the final round in last place.

August 1, 2014

Last-minute replacements, silver medalists Daley and partner James Denny had only practiced together three times

The world's two most famous openly gay divers had a very good night Friday (1 August) at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia's Matthew Mitcham and his partner Domonic Bedggood took the gold medal in 10m platform pairs.

They survived a late challenge by Britain's Tom Daley and partner James Denny who took a surprise silver.

Mitcham shared his joy on Twitter: 'OMG FINALLY!!! Lol after 6 Comm Games silvers, I finally have a gold one!!'

Daley and Denny had gone into the final round in last place.

July 29, 2014

'I’d even had dinner with him a month before it happened and I never knew anything'

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete at the 2008 Summer Olympics, is not even the only out diver at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Also diving is Britain's Tom Daley who came out last year and has since gone public with his relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Mitcham says he was 'as surprised as anyone else when Daley, 20, posted his coming out video on YouTube.

July 28, 2014

Leading her grandchildren down the town center, Poppy Rose sets the tone for a gay pride parade calling attention to homophobia in sport and school

Over 5,000 people celebrated Gay Pride in the English county of Norfolk over the weekend.

Highlighting LGBTI diversity in schools and promoting acceptance in sport, particularly with regards to the current Commonwealth Games, Norwich Pride started by turning the entire city into a flurry of rainbows.

Rainbow flags were flown from some of the most prominent town buildings including police headquarters at Wymondham, hospitals, department stores, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, the Castle Museum and City Hall.

July 23, 2014

42 of 53 countries competing in the Commonwealth Games make gay sex illegal but they’ve just seen a gay kiss at the opening ceremony

Glasgow has defied Commonwealth gay hate by getting John Barrowman to kiss a man in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

A shocking 42 of the 53 countries competing in the games, the world’s third biggest multi-sports tournament, criminalize homosexuality.

Some, including Uganda, Nigeria, Brunei and Jamaica, are famous as some of the world’s most homophobic countries.

They are in sharp contrast to Scotland, the games’ host, where same-sex marriage is legal.

July 23, 2014

Athletes will be asked if their sexuality causes problems before specialists are brought in to help them

British gay athletes are to get extra help to overcome the problems they face and win gold at the Olympics and other top contests.

It will start with top-level athletes meeting with LGBTI sports experts to find out if discrimination or keeping their sexuality secret is holding them back.

Then specialists will be brought in to solve the problems they face so they get picked to represent their country and perform their best.

July 13, 2014

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, who announced he is gay on TV interview, is enjoying a wealth of support after his long-awaited coming out 

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has come out of the closet and admitted he is gay, and is now enjoying support from fans, fellow athletes and gay celebrities.

Thorpe, who had consistently denied he is gay, came out in an interview on Australian TV with British broadcaster Micahel Parkisnon (13 July).

‘To everyone who has sent a message of support I sincerely thank you!’ tweeted the five times Olympic gold medallist.

July 12, 2014

British journalist Michael Parkinson's interview with Thorpe will air on Sunday night, 13 July, on Australian television

In a soon to be aired television conversation, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe will disclose he's gay.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the winner of nine Olympic medals (five gold) will make the confession in an interview with British  journalist Michael Parkinson.

June 5, 2014

The Commonwealth Games are inviting 41 countries which criminalize homosexuality to Scotland. We ask bosses if LGBTI issues will be on the agenda

When 70 teams descend on Glasgow on 23 July to compete in sports from athletics to weightlifting there will be an elephant in the room.

A shocking 41 of the 53 countries they will be representing at the 20th Commonwealth Games criminalize homosexuality. Some of them have some of the most draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

Jamaica, Nigeria and Uganda will all be flying the flag and even Brunei, which is introducing stoning to death for gay sex, is invited.

June 5, 2014

The Commonwealth Games are inviting 41 countries which criminalize homosexuality to Scotland. We ask bosses if LGBTI issues will be on the agenda

When 70 teams descend on Glasgow on 23 July to compete in sports from athletics to weightlifting there will be an elephant in the room.

A shocking 41 of the 53 countries they will be representing at the 20th Commonwealth Games criminalize homosexuality. Some of them have some of the most draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

Jamaica, Nigeria and Uganda will all be flying the flag and even Brunei, which is introducing stoning to death for gay sex, is invited.

December 2, 2013

Olympic hero and teen pin-up Daley says being in a gay relationship has made him feel ‘great’ but he also still fancies girls

British Olympic bronze medal winning diver Tom Daley has come out as bisexual and said he is currently in a gay relationship.

Daley, now aged 19, won the hearts of the UK and people around the world in 2008 when he was the youngest Team GB competitor in the Beijing Olympics.

Last year, in the London Olympics 2012 he won bronze in the 10 metre platform dive. He is also a gold medalist for the World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

November 29, 2013

Gold medalist has previously shown musical talent in YouTube videos

The secret is out.

Matthew Mitcham, winner of a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, has been doing more than training to dive at next year's Commonwealth Games.

Mitcham has launched a crowd funding drive on Pozible.com to raise money for Twists and Turns, his debut cabaret tour which is named after his autobiography.

September 4, 2013

Two hockey players who found love on the pitch have announced they will be getting a civil partnership this year

Two British Olympians are to marry in less than two weeks.

Kate Walsh and Helen Richardson, a couple who with their hockey team won a bronze at the London 2012 Olympics, will get a civil partnership on 14 September.

Walsh, the captain of the Team GB women’s hockey team, fell in love with midfielder Richardson, on the pitch.

‘We’ve been together for five years and we decided we were going to get married,’ Walsh told the BBC.

February 27, 2013

The organizers of Commonwealth Games are keen to tap into the value that can be created by the LGBT community

While the London 2012 Olympics have been generally hailed as an outstanding success, there is some lingering skepticism as to what legacy the Olympics have left for the UK’s LGBT community – are there more openly gay or lesbian elite athletes? Is there more grass roots participation in sport by LGBT people? It is perhaps too early to know.

February 27, 2013

The organizers of Commonwealth Games are keen to tap into the value that can be created by the LGBT community

While the London 2012 Olympics have been generally hailed as an outstanding success, there is some lingering skepticism as to what legacy the Olympics have left for the UK’s LGBT community – are there more openly gay or lesbian elite athletes? Is there more grass roots participation in sport by LGBT people? It is perhaps too early to know.

January 21, 2013

British Olympic diver has revealed he is not fazed when people ask him for gay sex on Twitter

British diving Olympian Chris Mears has explained the reasons why he decided to strip off for a gay magazine’s photo shoot.

He wants to steal Tom Daley’s gay fan base.

In an interview with Gay Times, the 19-year-old straight heartthrob joked: ‘I’m trying to steal his gay fan base by doing this shoot for GT!

‘I know people through Tom who are gay and I’m good friends with them.’

December 4, 2012

Airline's Christmas cracker joke about Olympic shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk sparks Twitter backlash

Air New Zealand's joke about a female Olympic shot putter's testicle has failed to take off, with Twitter followers claiming it is transphobic.

Christmas crackers are known for their bad jokes, but the airline's free gag for travellers entering its daily competition on grabaseat.co.nz was deemed in poor taste.

'What large heavy ball was responsible for Valerie Adams' gold medal?' the joke read. 'The Belarusian's left testicle.'

November 28, 2012

Port Talbot midfielder Daniel Thomas suspended for one match for telling Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield to 'go bum each other'

Welsh footballer Daniel Thomashas been fined £500 for tweeting homophobic abuse about British Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield.

A disciplinary panel from the Football Association of Wales also suspended the 28-year-old Port Talbot midfielder for one match.

The decision comes after the Crown Prosecution Service ruled out prosecuting Thomas in September, saying it was a 'one-off offensive Twitter message'.

November 1, 2012

The only part that I'm frustrated with is that people think that I'm lying."

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe says he's not so much bothered by persistent speculation that he is gay but more that people would think that he's lying about it.

'The thing that I find hurtful about it is that people are questioning kind of my integrity and what I say - that's the only part that I find hurtful,' he tells Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Leigh Sales. 'Like is that ... is something that I would be embarrassed about, that I would hide or whatever else.'

Thorpe did the interview to promote his new autobiography, This Is Me.

September 20, 2012

Welsh soccer player will not face charges after posting homophobic abuse to the Olympic diving partners

Welsh footballer Daniel Thomas will not face charges after tweeting homophobic abuse about British Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has ruled out prosecuting Thomas today (20 September), saying it was a 'one-off offensive Twitter message'.

The full statement reads: 'This was, in essence, a one-off offensive Twitter message, intended for family and friends, which made its way into the public domain.

August 12, 2012

The Olympic champion is planning to be a springboard diver and wants his 'thighs as big as [China's] He Chong's' for Rio 2016

After narrowly missing out on a place in the diving final yesterday (11 August), it looked like it would be the last time we would see gay Australian athlete Matthew Mitcham at the Olympics.

Not a chance, as the 24-year-old is now considering reinventing himself as a springboard diver, primarily to reduce the impact on his battered body.