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August 11, 2014

The 2010 Olympian plans to marry stylist Saul Carrasco

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup is officially off the market.

Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, has announced via social media that he has become engaged to stylist Saul Carrasco.

The 29 year old is currently in Cleveland, Ohio, this week working as an official ambassador for the Gay Games which kicked off on Friday (8 August).

Skjellerup came out four months after he competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver where he finished 16th.

August 10, 2014

'It's been remarkable to see the Games thrive over the years'

US President Barack Obama welcomed the participants of the Gay Games with a opening ceremony video.

'Since 1982, the Gay Games have given lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes, and supporters around the world, a chance to come together to compete, celebrate, ad inspire others,' the president said in his 9 August taped comments.

The Games are held every four years, just like the Olympics. Cleveland is this year's host.

Obama noted the progress the Games made since the early 1980s.

August 8, 2014

Over 11,000 LGBT and ally athletes converge on Cleveland, Ohio to compete in over 30 sport categories

Gay sport and entertainment icons will kick off the 9th Gay Games, held in Cleveland, Ohio this year.

Former pop star Lance Bass and R&B girl group Pointer Sisters will be joined by openly gay former Olympic diver Greg Louganis on 9 August to welcome thousands of athletes and supporters to what is considered one of the most inclusive sports & cultural festivals in the world.

August 8, 2014

Over 11,000 LGBT and ally athletes converge on Cleveland, Ohio to compete in over 30 sport categories

Gay sport and entertainment icons will kick off the 9th Gay Games, held in Cleveland, Ohio this year.

Former pop star Lance Bass and R&B girl group Pointer Sisters will be joined by openly gay former Olympic diver Greg Louganis on 9 August to welcome thousands of athletes and supporters to what is considered one of the most inclusive sports & cultural festivals in the world.

June 26, 2014

The LGBTI affirming American United Church of Christ has signed on to be one of the official sponsors of this year’s Gay Games taking place in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron in August

The United States’ United Church of Christ has been announced as a sponsor of Gay Games 9 – taking place in the Ohio cities of Akron and Cleveland from 9 to 16 August this year.

The United Church of Christ is one of the oldest LGBTI affirming religious denominations in the world, coming out against the criminalization of homosexuality in 1969 and the church has supported marriage equality since 2005.

June 26, 2014

The LGBTI affirming American United Church of Christ has signed on to be one of the official sponsors of this year’s Gay Games taking place in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron in August

The United States’ United Church of Christ has been announced as a sponsor of Gay Games 9 – taking place in the Ohio cities of Akron and Cleveland from 9 to 16 August this year.

The United Church of Christ is one of the oldest LGBTI affirming religious denominations in the world, coming out against the criminalization of homosexuality in 1969 and the church has supported marriage equality since 2005.

February 24, 2014

Cher said no, and the world listened. From ballet demonstrations to national commercials, from tweets to open letters, here are the 14 ways the world came together for the Russian LGBTI community

Did you pour your Stoli vodka down a drain, or stop eating McDonald’s during the Winter Olympics?

In recent months Russia has been at the center of a civil rights firestorm, between president Putin signing anti-gay laws to politicians threatening LGBTI Olympic athletes and spectators.

Even though the Sochi Winter Olympics wrapped up this weekend, the reactions to Russia's anti-gay laws are still being seen, heard and felt around the world.

February 13, 2014

Vitaly Milonov, who says gay people rape kids and are violent towards straights, has said a gay contest must take place behind closed doors

A Russian lawmaker who sponsored the federal gay propaganda law wants Moscow’s ‘Gay Olympics’ banned.

Vitaly Milonov has urged Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to ban the LGBT Sports Games that is being planned to be held shortly after the Sochi Winter Games.

The lawmaker has become a central figure in the battle on gay rights in Russia after he authored the original ‘gay propaganda’ bill in St Petersburg before it became federal law.

November 8, 2013

Gareth Thomas, the first professional rugby player to come out as gay, adds his opinion to the ongoing debate as to whether gay athletes should participate in the upcoming Russian Olympics given the country's laws against homosexuality

Gareth Thomas believes nothing should hold gay athletes back from participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics, not even anti-gay laws.

The openly gay retired rugby player discussed the 2014 Winter Olympics in an interview with Youtube sport channel Sportlobster TV, adding to the debate and concern as to whether gay and lesbian athletes should compete in the games because host countries Qatar and Russia have strong laws against homosexuality.

October 29, 2013

A gay Russian LGBTI group is planning to hold a series of sports events to celebrate diversity in Russian sport

A Russian LGBT group is planning a ‘Gay Olympics’ to take place in Russia after the Sochi Winter Games.

Viktor Romanov, the chairman of Russian LGBT Sport Federation, said the event for Russian athletes was set to take place in February.

The Russian Open Games in Moscow say while the event is in direct response Vladimir Putin’s homophobic laws - it will not break them.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

October 1, 2013

Irish leader has written to the Gay Games organizers saying potential host city Limerick is a testament to the country's greenery and song

Prime Minister Enda Kenny has backed Ireland’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018.

The Irish leader has written a letter to the Federation of Gay Games.

While Limerick is competing against Paris and London to host the athletic events, Kenny guaranteed a traditional welcome.

‘The beauty of Ireland’s lush green landscape has been immortalized in paint and in song and Limerick City and its surrounds are testament to that legacy,’ he said.

October 1, 2013

Irish leader has written to the Gay Games organizers saying potential host city Limerick is a testament to the country's greenery and song

Prime Minister Enda Kenny has backed Ireland’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018.

The Irish leader has written a letter to the Federation of Gay Games.

While Limerick is competing against Paris and London to host the athletic events, Kenny guaranteed a traditional welcome.

‘The beauty of Ireland’s lush green landscape has been immortalized in paint and in song and Limerick City and its surrounds are testament to that legacy,’ he said.

September 13, 2013

Cleveland officials say repeated calls place 'an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers'

The city of Cleveland in Ohio - due to host the 2014 Gay Games next summer - has asked a gay bar where two recent homophobic attacks against customers took place to quit calling police so often.

The owner of Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge received a letter this week from the director of the Department of Public Safety complaining that in the span of 12 months, police had been called to the business nine times.

September 13, 2013

Cleveland officials say repeated calls place 'an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers'

The city of Cleveland in Ohio - due to host the 2014 Gay Games next summer - has asked a gay bar where two recent homophobic attacks against customers took place to quit calling police so often.

The owner of Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge received a letter this week from the director of the Department of Public Safety complaining that in the span of 12 months, police had been called to the business nine times.

August 20, 2013

The International Olympic Committee needs to show its commitment to both helping Russia’s LGBT community through the Sochi Winter Olympics and tackling homophobia in sport

As the approach of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games raises attention to the official and unofficial homophobia of host country Russia, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) responses, or lack thereof, are increasingly disturbing.

Despite the rising calls for action, the IOC has remained impervious to appeals to work together to identify the problem and propose solutions.

August 15, 2013

Russian and international LGBT sports groups call on everyone at Sochi to hold hands with someone of the same sex to show solidarity with Russia’s LGBT people

Russian and international LGBT sports organizations have united to ask people to hold hands at the Winter Olympics in defiance of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Campaigners say the same-sex handholding campaign will be easier to organize, and harder for the authorities to stop, than other proposals like wearing rainbow pins at Sochi.

The move comes after Gay Star News revealed the International Olympic Committee may enforce it’s own bye-law to punish any athletes who try to help Russian LGBT people by spreading gay ‘propaganda’ at the games.

August 15, 2013

Russian and international LGBT sports groups call on everyone at Sochi to hold hands with someone of the same sex to show solidarity with Russia’s LGBT people

Russian and international LGBT sports organizations have united to ask people to hold hands at the Winter Olympics in defiance of Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Campaigners say the same-sex handholding campaign will be easier to organize, and harder for the authorities to stop, than other proposals like wearing rainbow pins at Sochi.

The move comes after Gay Star News revealed the International Olympic Committee may enforce it’s own bye-law to punish any athletes who try to help Russian LGBT people by spreading gay ‘propaganda’ at the games.

July 31, 2013

'We know that LGBT athletes are not alone in being revolted by these laws and the behavior of Russian authorities'

A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.

July 31, 2013

'We know that LGBT athletes are not alone in being revolted by these laws and the behavior of Russian authorities'

A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.

July 15, 2013

The UK’s deputy prime minister is backing London2018, but the race to hold the tenth Gay Games event remains too close to call.

2018 may seem a long way away, but the competition to host the Gay Games event in that year is now into its final stages.

The Gay Games were founded in 1982, and 2018 will see the tenth edition of this quadrennial event that brings together around 10,000 athletes, artists and activists from around the world to participate in over 30 sports and culture events.

July 15, 2013

The UK’s deputy prime minister is backing London2018, but the race to hold the tenth Gay Games event remains too close to call.

2018 may seem a long way away, but the competition to host the Gay Games event in that year is now into its final stages.

The Gay Games were founded in 1982, and 2018 will see the tenth edition of this quadrennial event that brings together around 10,000 athletes, artists and activists from around the world to participate in over 30 sports and culture events.

June 28, 2013

After a disappointing year, London Pride is back bigger and better with big acts, themed nights out, and a family day out

After the disappointment of London Pride last year, the England capital had to step it up.

But with a brand new team of organizers, this weekend is set to bring a new rainbow to London.

Several athletes will also be attending, with Pride supporting London’s bid to host the next Gay Games.

With 150 groups parading through the heart of the capital and attracting hundreds of thousands, it is shaping up to be one of the best Prides yet.