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January 11, 2015

Charlton Rainbows, an LGBTI supporters group of Charlton Athletic, tweeted their shock at some members being attacked after meeting a hoax group

An LGBTI football supporters group was invited to meet a group similar to theirs, only to find it was a hoax and their members were attacked.

Charlton Rainbows describe themselves as ‘a Charlton Athletic supporters group made up of Bi, Gay, Lesbian and Trans Gender fans who are standing up to homophobia’, who are based in South East London.

Earlier today (11 January), the group tweeted about the attack which happened the day before.

October 24, 2014

Roy Hodgson says he 'suspects' a professional footballer could be gay, but admits he has never met one

England men's football manager Roy Hodgson has said he has no idea what the acronym 'LGBT' stands for.

The 67-year-old has admitted to being 'naive' on the subject of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in football.

Speaking to Cambridge University Union, Hodgson was reportedly asked by a student where he stood on LGBT players in the game.

He then asked the student what 'LGBT' meant', and when he was told, he shrugged and said: 'It's not my world'.

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.

July 17, 2014

Footballing partners Casey Stoney and Megan Harris will become moms later this year

England footballer Casey Stoney has used her regular BBC Sport online column to announce that she and her partner, fellow footballer Megan Harris, are expecting twins.

‘Until last season my partner, Megan Harris, was a footballer and we played together at Lincoln Ladies,’ said Stoney.

‘But her desire to be a mum far outweighed her ambitions in football so she is the one who is pregnant.’

May 27, 2014

There are only two openly gay soccer stars playing professionally, Robbie Rogers and Anton Hysén

The world would be supportive of an openly gay footballer, according to a new poll.

In the largest survey of football fans on this issue, the new research has found the majority would be happy to have a soccer star that is open about his sexuality.

Around 30,000 fans in 29 countries responded to the poll, organized by gay campaigning charity Stonewall and Swedish app designers Football Addicts.

Fans were asked if they would be comfortable if a player on their national team came out as gay.

April 18, 2014

Arsenal’s longest serving manager believes racism is easier than homophobia to deal with in football as it is more ‘visible’

Arsenal’s manager Arséne Wenger has said society has not advanced enough to have an openly gay soccer player in the UK.

The French former player has given an interview on homophobia in football and the hopes of having a gay footballer continuing to play after coming out in the Premier League.

Speaking to Arsenal Magazine, Wenger was asked about his reaction to Thomas Hitzlsperger, a German player who came out after he retired last year.

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 27, 2014

UK's Talk Sport, the 'world's biggest sports radio station', laughed and repeated transphobic comments about the new pink and yellow Scotland strip

British radio station Talk Sport is being slammed for repeating transphobic comments about the new Scotland away kit, saying it makes the soccer players look like the 'tranny army'.

On the Alan Brazil breakfast show this morning (27 February), the hosts were laughing about the response over the new pink and yellow strip.

Brian Moore, former rugby union player and now pundit for BBC Sport and Talk Sport, was looking through the comments made on Scottish newspaper The Daily Record.

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 30, 2014

On getting hit on by gay men:  'I've had a few bum pinches and I don't mind them at all'

Dan Osborne has been seen by viewers of the diving competition Splash! in nothing more than a leopard spotted speedo.

But in the new 'Naked Issue' of the gay magazine Attitude, he's wearing even less.

Not only are the cover and inside photos of the TOWIE star revealing, so are some of his responses in the accompanying article.

On his man crush: TOWIE castmate Joey Essex is 'a good looking guy, but it'd have to be David Beckham, he's the man!'

January 22, 2014

Former footballer Stan Collymore has accused the social media website of not dealing with racism, homophobia and sexism

Twitter is being accused of not dealing with homophobic by former soccer star Stan Collymore.

After being targeted by internet trolls on account of his race, he has said the social media website has become a ‘vacuum’ for hatred.

The broadcaster retweeted several offensive messages he received after suggesting Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should have earned a penalty after diving in Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.

January 15, 2014

'I personally hope that over the next 10 years I’m not the only gay footballer out there'

Inspired by the recent coming out of German superstar Thomas Hitzlsperger, British semi-pro footballer Liam Davis has also come out as gay.

While Hitzlsperger came out after his retirement, Davis is at the beginning of his career. He currently plays midfield for Gainsborough Trinity.

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 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.

November 30, 2013

Was part of hazing when he joined Manchester United in 1992

David Beckham has revealed that when he first joined Manchester United 21 years ago, he was forced to take part in a hazing ritual that he still finds embarrassing to this day.

The legendary midfielder, who has retired from professional play, was discussing the new documentary The Class of 92 when he said he drew the short-straw during initiation.

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.

July 19, 2013

British Olympic diver, 19, tops poll to find the sexiest man in the world, according to gay men

Olympic diver and bronze-medalist Tom Daley clearly made an impression after London 2012, as he has beaten out competitors like David Beckham and Prince Harry in a gay men's 'sexiest male' award.

The baby-faced 19-year-old diver triumphed over the footballing star -  recently seen poolside modelling undies for H&M – into second place.

Prince Harry’s naked exploits in Los Vegas last summer have clearly done his image no harm in gay eyes – the rebellious royal came fourth.

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.