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November 19, 2014

British diving star is released on same day IOC said it wants to have protections for LGBTI people

British diver Tom Daley talks about his dreams of winning Olympic gold in 2016 and a little bit about coming out in an official Olympics video released this week.

Daley also talks about the 'announcement' he made last December but the word 'gay' is not uttered once in the 9-minutes and 17-seconds interview.

'Since then the public support has been literally overwhelming,' Daley says. 'Everyone's been so nice, everyone's been so supportive.'

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.

May 29, 2014

If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you? We give you some of the most popular places around the world for taking a dive into the deep end

Apart from travel costs, cliff diving is probably the cheapest way to get an adrenaline rush.

There’s no need for safety gears or training, although you should talk to locals before attempting the jump.

It is important to know the waters, after all you wouldn´t want to end up on the only rock sticking around underneath the surface.

However, if your partner is not into tomb stoning (another word for the cliff dive) or extreme sports in general, jump locations are also amazing for relaxing and swimming, basically doing the traditional holiday stuff.

April 4, 2014

Gay diver is supporting the opening of the Olympic park, hoping the legacy of 2012 will be able to continue into the future

Gay diver Tom Daley is calling for the public to come watch him in his speedos, practice his diving, and to carry on the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Speaking in a new video, Daley has given his support for visitors to make the most of what the Olympic Park has to offer, which will be open for the first time on 5 April.

Some lucky visitors will even be able to watch Tom practice his diving in the Aquatics Centre.

February 18, 2014

Olympic diver's reality competition show is reportedly coming to an end as ITV searches for other projects for him

Men and women who like men are in mourning after learning they may lose their weekly dose of seeing British Olympic diver Tom Daley in his skimpy speedos.

As British reality TV show ‘Splash’ is reportedly facing the axe after ratings took a dive for the worse.

The ITV show pulled in disappointing numbers for the final, with only 4.4 million tuning in compared to last year’s 6.5 million.

The Sun reports ITV bosses are now considering scrapping the diving competition.

February 17, 2014

Vernon Kay gives viewers chance to pause DVR's to take screen shot of speedo-clad 'dreamy team'

The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE) star Dan Osborne may never be able to dive as well as fellow Brit Tom Daley but he has proven he looks just as good in a speedo as the British Olympian.

Osborne and Daley teamed up for the UK diving reality show Splash this week for a synchronized forward dive with tuck that delighted viewers and scored the duo 27.5 points out of a possible 30.

Much was made after over Osborne's success at keeping his legs straight during the dive.

February 1, 2014

The hunky diver visited the world's biggest cruise ship and treated guests to a special performance

Cruise line Royal Caribbean invited GSN favorite Tom Daley to test out the facilities on the world's biggest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas.

While he was there, Tom had a go at rock-climbing and dodgeball, and then stripped to have a go on the ship’s surf machine. From the looks of it he had an ab-solutely fantastic time!

And of course, he treated holidaying guests to a few dives in the Aquatheater pool.

January 13, 2014

Top Brazilian diver said he was told to stay in the closet until after the Rio Summer Olympics 2016

Brazilian diver Ian Matos has announced he is gay, saying he was inspired Tom Daley.

The top level diver says a friend told him to stay closeted until after the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Currently based in the Olympics host city Rio de Janiero, he told Correio: ‘From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality.’

Matos said the pressure of hiding his relationships, and avoiding going to gay nightclubs, proved to be too much stress.

December 3, 2013

Olympic legend says diving phenom helping 'to make this world a better, more understanding, and accepting place'

Greg Louganis is calling fellow diver Tom Daley 'brave' and 'courageous' for going public earlier today (2 December) about his relationship with a man.

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.

October 30, 2013

Sportspeople should face an instant ban if they are homophobic or racist, says British Olympic diver Jack Laugher in his first gay interview

Sportspeople should face an instant ban if they insult gay people or are racist, a British Olympic diver has said.

Jack Laugher made the comments in an interview for gay glossy mag GT where he says fellow Team GB divers Tom Daley and Chris Mears are ‘handsome lads’, explaining this gives Daley in particular a big gay fanbase.

And he said holding the Winter Olympics in Russia in 99 days time is a ‘problem’.

It’s the first LGBTI press interview for Laugher, aged 18, from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England.

October 14, 2013

Celebrities and fellow Olympians among the 160 guests

Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis married paralegal Johnny Chaillot over the weekend in Malibu.

The couple began dating earoy last year and became engaged in April.

'It has been an incredible journey,' Louganis tells People.com. 'I feel like we've been through a lifetime in a very short time.'

September 30, 2013

'I see his bum all the time - in Speedos'

The gay YouTube personality known as Davey Wavey sat on a diving platform in Sydney, Australian, to have a very casual chat with diver Matthew Mitcham.

After more than a minute spent fretting about his fear of heights, Davey began asking some random questions of Mitcham, winner of the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal in the 10 meter platform.

Mitcham was first asked if he had ever had sex while wearing his gold medal.

'I haven't but you've put the idea in my head now,' the 25-year-old diver replied. 'I think I'm going to.'

September 25, 2013

They also seek cash for honeymoon volunteering at a leopard sanctuary

Did you think they'd register for a toaster or set of wine glasses?

No, not Olympic legend Greg Louganis and fiance Johnny Chaillot.

The couple, who announced their engagement in June, have registered on MyRegistry.com and are asking for donations to causes near and dear to their hearts.

September 8, 2013

Olympic bronze-medalist Tom Daley is too focused on his diving to spend time on the gossip about his sexuality

Olympic diving medalist, and heart throb, Tom Daley says he's not gay, but appreciates his gay fans.

'I think it’s funny when people say I’m gay... I laugh it off,' the 19-year-old said to the Daily Mirror.

'I’m not. But even if I was, I wouldn’t be ashamed. It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest what people thought,' the London 2012 bronze winning diver continued.

August 3, 2013

Gay Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham offers harsh words for the anti-LGBT policies of Russia, the home of next year's Winter Olympics

June 18, 2013

'This is what the universe had in store for both of us'

Greg Louganis is planning to dive into marriage this fall.

The openly gay Olympic legend, widely considered the greatest diver in the history of his sport, has announced his engagement to Johnny Chaillot.

'I finally met my soul mate,' Louganis tells People.com. 'The more I fall in love with Johnny, the more I fall in love with myself. This is what the universe had in store for both of us.'

March 19, 2013

Gay Olympic champ helping celebrities work through challenges and fears

Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis debuts tonight as the 'dive master' on ABC's new celebrity reality competition Splash.

The man considered to be the greatest US diver in history, is sharing his expertise with a group of celebrities that include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kendra Wilkinson, Louie Anderson and Keisha Knight Pulliam, among others.

‘I was hired as the judge but they moved my role into dive master,' he tells Gay Star News. 'I’m working with all of the celebrities who are on the show, getting them prepared for the competition.’

November 16, 2012

'Taking it was something I did to take my mind off things that were upsetting me - to make me feel better about myself'

Gay Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham reveals in his new autobiography Twists and Turns that he battled an addiction to crystal meth after winning the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

In the book, to be released on Monday (20 November), Mitcham writes about how he went from the heights of Olympic glory to suffering from anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

October 11, 2012

Greg Louganis is guest of honor at first high-profile gay sports competition in south Asia

American Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louganis has arrived in Nepal for a three-day international LGBTI sports festival.

Louganis, who won golds for diving in 1984 and 1988, is guest of honor at the sports festival which starts tomorrow with over 300 LGBTI sports people from all over the world competing in athletics, karate, football and volleyball.

In a statement issued yesterday the US Embassy in Kathmandu, who is supporting the festival along with the Norwegian Embassy and the Australian government, said:

September 20, 2012

The powerhouse that is Team New York Aquatics are reigning world champions in swimming, diving and water polo

It was in a Starbucks in midtown Manhattan that I met two of the key leaders of Team New York Aquatics (TYNA) - officially the world’s largest LGBT aquatics club.

Elisabeth Turnbull-Brown (TNYA co-chair) and Scott Jordan (TNYA head coach) make a dynamic duo. Both young, articulate and engaging - Jordan, the quintessential gay American; Turnbull-Brown a straight-talking (and straight) Australian.

September 1, 2012

Documentary of gay Olympic champion Greg Louganis entered in Indiewire's project of the month contest

The producers of a documentary on gay Olympic champion Greg Louganis enrolled their project in a contest that could lead to working with a renowned film festival.

August 19, 2012

Documentary filmmakers looking for financing to complete project about  Olympic champion Greg Louganis

The producers of a documentary on Greg Louganis are looking for funds for their project. 

Filmmakers Cheryl Furjanic and Will Sweeney have turned to Kickstarter to get the last $3,000 of a $50,000 goal.  Their deadline is 22 August.

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.