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September 5, 2014

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta are among the footballers participating in Stonewall's 2014 rainbow laces initiative

Soccer stars have stripped down and laced up for a new gay rights campaign.

Arsenal footballers Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poke fun at themselves in the Stonewall advert.

The gay rights charity have paired up with Paddy Power to raise awareness of homophobia in sport.

August 3, 2014

UK group Elephants and Castles remember Justin Fashanu, the UK soccer player who made history, and enemies, when he came out as gay while still playing in the 90s

A UK pop group has paid tribute to the UK soccer player who made history for coming out as gay while still playing the sport.

Elelphants and Castles, a London-based indie group, have released the video to their new song ‘Fashanu’, which remembers openly gay UK soccer star Justin Fashanu.

Fashanu was one of the most successful players of his generation. He was the first black player to command a million pound transfer fee and was expected to join the England national team at one point.

April 9, 2014

London-born Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom

A top soccer player who made a homophobic gesture at a football game was found guilty, it was reported today (9 April).

Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom at the match last February, Brighton magistrates heard.

The 27-year-old, who was playing for Blackburn Rovers at the time, claimed he was just having a ‘bit of banter’ with fans.

But he was convicted of using abusive or insulting behavior.

March 18, 2014

Almost 40% of players have witnessed homophobia in the stands while a shocking one in four have seen it in the training grounds and changing room

Top soccer stars have revealed anti-gay abuse and racism is still ‘rife’ in English football.

Over 200 current players across all four tiers of the game were asked about their views.

It is known that homophobia is common in the stands, with almost 40% witnessing anti-gay abuse.

But in the training ground or in the changing room, a shocking one in four have seen homophobia.

Racial abuse is noticed by more than half, with almost a quarter of them being subjected to it.

February 13, 2014

Former footballer Clark Carlisle is calling on players to recieve more education on homosexuality so one day one of them could feel comfortable to come out

A British soccer star is calling for players to receive more education to combat homophobia.

Clark Carlisle, who has played for several clubs including Blackpool and Queen’s Park Rangers and has admitted to using homophobic language in the past, said bigoted views were commonplace in UK’s football dressing rooms.

January 13, 2014

Former Liverpool and England striker was once accused of a homophobic gesture against teammate Graeme Le Saux

Former England striker Robbie Fowler has said it would not be a problem if a gay footballer came out.

The soccer star, who was once accused of homophobia, was reacting to retired German national Thomas Hitzlsperger who revealed his sexuality last week.

Fowler said it was ‘difficult to say’ if there is a homophobic atmosphere in football.

‘Certainly it would not be a problem in the dressing room,’ he told Football Focus.

‘I don't think it will be a problem on the terraces.’

January 10, 2014

UK is yet to see a footballer come out and keep playing since Justin Fashanu came out in 1990 and killed himself eight years later

Gay soccer players would have full support from their teammates, a goalkeeper for the England national team has said.

John Ruddy, who plays principally for Norwich and is England’s number two, believes an openly gay player would be fully accepted in the changing room.

It comes as German national Thomas Hitzlsperger came out this week, saying he wanted to break the taboo of homosexuality in football.

January 8, 2014

Swedish footballer says it is 'extremely good for football' now that German player Hitzlsperger has revealed his sexuality

Gay Swedish soccer star Anton Hysén has shared his pride after German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out.

‘Just want to take a moment and say GOOD JOB Thomas Hitzlsperger!! Very proud over what you’ve done. Extremely good for football!’ Hysén said.

He also retweeted several others, who said with US player Robbie Rogers coming out last year, ‘2014 could be the year for a massive change in football’.

But Hysén and Rogers are still the only LGBT footballers to come out and keep playing, as 31-year-old Hitzlsperger retired in September last year.

January 8, 2014

German Thomas Hitzlsperger joins the team of seven other men who have blazed the trail for homosexuality in soccer

German player Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the eighth male, before or after retirement, to reveal he is gay.

The only gay player to ever play in the Premier League, he said he wanted to come out to ‘further the debate about homosexuality in sports professionals’.

While the world of football may be notoriously homophobic, many do not want to be the ones to be brave and take a stand against bigotry.

But times are changing, and with Hitzlsperger the floodgates may open. In 2014, it may be the year we finally see many more athletes taking a stand.

January 5, 2014

Soccer star David Beckham is proud of his 2002 Attitude magazine spread

David Beckham is more than ready to shed some clothes for a gay magazine if asked.

The 38-year-old retired soccer star was reminiscing about his semi-naked cover shot for Attitude magazine, a gay publication, in 2002.

‘I know that some people thought it was controversial, but I was just being myself...', he said to The Times Magazine, according to Now Daily.

December 19, 2013

Openly gay soccer pro has said he has not been contacted by any gay closeted footballers since coming out of the closet in February

US gay soccer star Robbie Rogers has said he has not been contacted by any closeted footballers since coming out.

And he thinks the reason is because they are terrified to reveal their sexuality.

The 26-year-old came out, and quit the game, back in February. He later came back to the field to play for LA Galaxy.

‘I haven’t received a letter or text or anything from one footballer that wants to talk about these issues,’ he said.

November 22, 2013

Former Blackburn Rovers player Colin Kazim-Richards is to face magistrates over allegedly making a homophobic gesture at Brighton fans during a Championship match

A British soccer star accused of making a homophobic gesture during a match is to face trial.

While playing for Blackburn Rovers, Colin Kazim-Richards allegedly made the gesture at Brighton and Hove Albion fans during a Championship game on 12 February.

The alleged incident happened in Brighton’s Amex Stadium, where the city is also home to a renowned, vibrant LGBTI nightlife.

The 26-year-old, who plays for Turkish side Bursaspor, has previously denied a charge made under the Public Order Act.

October 7, 2013

One of the only two gay professionally playing soccer players says he has had several anonymous phone calls from footballers in the closet

Straight men are far hotter than gay men, according to one of the only openly gay soccer players in the world Anton Hysén.

The Swedish 22-year-old footballer, who plays for Utsiktens BK, took to Twitter to complain about the lack of attractive gay guys.

He said: ‘Okay fo real.....straight men are way more attractive compared to gay men thats for sure....end of story’

When some of his 17,000 followers accused him of ‘alienating’ his fan base, Hysén said he meant straights have more ‘personality’.

September 16, 2013

Homophobia in football is getting a 'kick up the arse' as professional footballers strap on rainbow shoe laces in support of openly gay athletes

Footballer Joey Barton has been showing his true colors with photos of himself wearing rainbow shoelaces for the Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign.

Barton, who's said openly gay athletes is 'a subject that's quite close to my heart' because he has a gay uncle, has been encouraging his millions of Twitter followers to join the #RBGF campaign to challenge homophobic attitudes in football.

May 24, 2013

Blackburn Rovers footballer will appear before magistrates for allegedly making a homophobic gesture at Brighton fans

A Blackburn Rovers soccer player is being charged with making a homophobic gesture at a football match.

Sussex Police said Colin Kazim-Richards, 26, was charged under the Public Order Act over a gesture allegedly made towards Brighton fans at a Championship game.

The alleged incident took place at Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium.

The London-born footballer is currently on loan from Galatasaray, a Turkish football team.

Kazim-Richards is summoned to appear before magistrates in Brighton on 22 August.

May 8, 2013

Eight professional football players in the UK have come out as gay to their teammates but are too afraid to tell the public

Britain is a step closer to having an openly gay player in its national sport – soccer.

That’s according to Chris Basiurski, chairman of the UK’s Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN).

It comes after some in the media belatedly picked up a story Gay Star News covered last year – where Clarke Carlisle, chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, revealed eight players had told him they were gay.

March 19, 2013

A team of Gay Football Supporters Network soccer players faced off against a squad of House of Commons MPs in a bid to promote equality in sport

A lineup made up of some of the best players in gay and gay-friendly soccer in the UK has triumphed over a team of members of parliament.

The friendly match was held on Tuesday morning (19 March) in London, organized on the one-year anniversary of the Football Association launching their anti-homophobia campaign 'Opening Doors and Joining In'.

The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) squad, who wore Stonewall ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’ t-shirts, won 3-1, leading the game early in the first half.

February 25, 2013

Roy Hodgson, manager of the English national football team, has supported the Football v Homophobia campaign

The England football club manager has come out against homophobia in the sport.

Roy Hodgson was speaking to support the Football v Homophobia community campaign in 2013.

‘I’ve been lucky enough to manage clubs and countries across the globe,’ said Hodgson, who has taken charge of top teams like Inter Milan and Switzerland in his 40 year career.

February 15, 2013

American international and ex Leeds United football star Robbie Rogers says he’s gay, coming out after 25 years, and quitting soccer

American international and former British Leeds United football midfielder Robbie Rogers has come out as gay.

The 25-year-old told fans he no longer wants to keep his sexuality a secret.

He added he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with his decision.

He’s the highest profile footballer to come out in Britain’s national game since Justin Fashanu in 1990. He committed suicide in 1998.

Writing on his blog Rogers said he had feared coming out as gay would get in the way of his dreams.

February 14, 2013

Blackburn Rovers footballer Colin-Kazim Richards is under investigation for making homophobic gestures toward fans at Brighton

A British soccer player is being investigated by police after allegedly making anti gay gestures.

Colin-Kazim Richards, 26, who currently plays for Championship team Blackburn Rovers, is being accused of making homophobic gestures towards fans in a match against Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday (12 February ).

February 14, 2013

Football star Le Saux to debate homophobia in sport alongside rugby hero Ben Cohen and NFA giant John Amaechi at Britain’s Student Pride

Chelsea and England soccer legend Graeme Le Saux is to be a star player for the fight against homophobia in sport by joining with Student Pride.

The 44-year-old has been the victim of anti-gay abuse from other football players and fans before, despite being married with two kids.

Now he’s going to score a goal for gays by joining the Student Pride panel debate on homophobia in sport on 1 March in Brighton, south east England.

January 4, 2013

West Ham United winger Matt Jarvis has become only the third pro-footballer to appear on the cover of Attitude magazine and says he is sure that there are players who are gay and when they come out it won’t be a shock

West Ham United’s Matt Jarvis has become only the third professional footballer to appear on the cover of Attitude magazine.

David Beckham was the first professional player to do so in 2002, followed by Freddie Ljungberg in 2006.

In its January issue, Jarvis tells the magazine that today’s football community is not homophobic and would accept gay professional players.

When asked if players should come out, Jarvis told Attitude, ‘Yeah, of course.’

December 30, 2012

Two top-level football players are being accused of being gay after 'intimate' holiday pictures have emerged

Two top-level Russian footballers have sparked outrage after a series of 'gay' holiday pictures have emerged.

Pavel Mamayev, 24, a midfielder for CSKA Moscow, and Alexander Kokorin, 21, a striker from FC Dynamo Moscow, are believed to be in a relationship after ‘intimate’ photographs of them were posted on the internet.

On VK, an Eastern-European social network similar to Facebook, Kokorin posted one of the pictures, saying ‘I love him’.

Other snaps include the two hugging, sharing dinner, going to a basketball game, and having a bath together.

December 24, 2012

Former Sunderland player Kieron Brady looks forward to the day when gay and bi footballers can be open about their sexuality

Former professional football player, Kieron Brady, has become a patron of Sunderland Pride in a bid to show the red card to homophobia.

Brady, 41, was a Midfielder for Sunderland Associated Football Club in north east England from 1989 to 1993 – the soccer team known locally as the Black Cats.

The Sunderland Echo reports he has now become a patron of the local LGBT pride celebration.