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October 15, 2013

Equestrian Lee Pearson has claimed he will travel to Sochi and speak out against the 'gay propaganda' laws

A British gay Paralympic athlete is to risk jail and deportation at next year’s Winter Games held in Russia next year.

Lee Pearson MBE, a 39-year-old equestrian athlete who has won 10 Paralympic golds, has said he will travel to Sochi and hopes to ‘embarrass’ Russia.

After the introduction of ‘gay propaganda’ laws by Vladimir Putin’s government, last weekend alone there were 67 arrests in St Petersburg.

November 5, 2012

Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is number one in list of 101 most influential LGBT people

Olympic athletes and sports figures top this year's Pink List of the UK's most powerful gays and lesbians.

With London 2012 still fresh in many people's memories, British heroes from the Games dominate the top five in The Independent on Sunday's rundown of the 101 LGBT movers and shakers.

Olympic gold medal-winning boxer, Nicola Adams, topped the 13th annual list at number one, while Paralympian and Olympic equestrians Lee Pearson and Carl Hestor were at number four and five.

September 28, 2012

Gay Star News joins DC Comics, Team GB Olympic athletes and Jessie J in prestigious UK gay awards nominees list

Britain’s leading gay rights organization, Stonewall, has announced the shortlist today (28 September) for its annual awards.

The ceremony on 1 November at the V&A museum in London is a glamorous highlight of the UK’s gay calendar.

September 10, 2012

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, who was victim of anti-gay abuse during games, will join hundreds of athletes in parade through central London

Gay British athletes from the Olympics and Paralympics are expected to join a victory parade through the center of London today (10 September).

Thousands will line the streets of the UK capital to watch London 2012 stars celebrate their success in the games on 21 floats.

Carl Hester was the only gay sportsman to represent Britain in the Olympics and took gold in the equestrian dressage event.

September 10, 2012

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, who was victim of anti-gay abuse during games, will join hundreds of athletes in parade through central London

Gay British athletes from the Olympics and Paralympics are expected to join a victory parade through the center of London today (10 September).

Thousands will line the streets of the UK capital to watch London 2012 stars celebrate their success in the games on 21 floats.

Carl Hester was the only gay sportsman to represent Britain in the Olympics and took gold in the equestrian dressage event.

September 4, 2012

One of Britain's most successful Paralympians misses out on gold for second time in London at freestyle equestrian event

Gay equestrian athlete Lee Pearson has missed out on a gold medal for the second time in the Paralympics, taking bronze in the individual freestyle dressage event.

Pearson won his 10th gold medal in Sunday’s (2 September) team event and was hoping to add another to his collection in yesterday’s (3 september) event in London, putting him on a par with Britain's most successful Paralympian wheel-chair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson.

September 4, 2012

One of Britain's most successful Paralympians misses out on gold for second time in London at freestyle equestrian event

Gay equestrian athlete Lee Pearson has missed out on a gold medal for the second time in the Paralympics, taking bronze in the individual freestyle dressage event.

Pearson won his 10th gold medal in Sunday’s (2 September) team event and was hoping to add another to his collection in yesterday’s (3 september) event in London, putting him on a par with Britain's most successful Paralympian wheel-chair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson.

September 1, 2012

British Paralympian wins his first silver in the London 2012 games in the individual dressage event

Gay equestrian athlete Lee Pearson has won a silver medal at London 2012.

Winning the second prize at the dressage this afternoon (1 September), the Briton and his horse Gentleman were pipped to the post by Australian Joann Formosa who made his Paralympic debut.

Pearson came top of his category (Ib), just, on Thursday (30 August) but was hampered by poor weather conditions.

But winning the preliminary meant the 38-year-old stood an unassailable advantage over the other competitors.

September 1, 2012

British Paralympian wins his first silver in the London 2012 games in the individual dressage event

Gay equestrian athlete Lee Pearson has won a silver medal at London 2012.

Winning the second prize at the dressage this afternoon (1 September), the Briton and his horse Gentleman were pipped to the post by Australian Joann Formosa who made his Paralympic debut.

Pearson came top of his category (Ib), just, on Thursday (30 August) but was hampered by poor weather conditions.

But winning the preliminary meant the 38-year-old stood an unassailable advantage over the other competitors.

August 31, 2012

Paralympics British athlete may think more about his hair than his legs, but the equestrian athlete is hoping for success

Gay para-equestrian athlete Lee Pearson is going for his 10th, 11th and 12th Paralympic gold medals.

The Briton, who has won three sets of three dressage gold medals consecutively at the last three Games, is hoping to win again at the home Paralympics.

August 31, 2012

Paralympics British athlete may think more about his hair than his legs, but the equestrian athlete is hoping for success

Gay para-equestrian athlete Lee Pearson is going for his 10th, 11th and 12th Paralympic gold medals.

The Briton, who has won three sets of three dressage gold medals consecutively at the last three Games, is hoping to win again at the home Paralympics.

August 27, 2012

Only two athletes out of 4,200, a shocking 0.5%, have come out as gay

When you are a gay Paralympian, you have to triumph over more than adversity.

Not only do you have to overcome myths about gay people in sport, but your disability as well.

Out of 4,200 athletes competing in 503 medal events, only two so far have been open about their sexuality.

This means only 0.05% of athletes will be openly gay at the Paralympic Games.

Both British-born athletes, Lee Pearson and Claire Harvey are flying the flag for Team LGBT in the Paralympic Games.

August 27, 2012

Only two athletes out of 4,200, a shocking 0.5%, have come out as gay

When you are a gay Paralympian, you have to triumph over more than adversity.

Not only do you have to overcome myths about gay people in sport, but your disability as well.

Out of 4,200 athletes competing in 503 medal events, only two so far have been open about their sexuality.

This means only 0.05% of athletes will be openly gay at the Paralympic Games.

Both British-born athletes, Lee Pearson and Claire Harvey are flying the flag for Team LGBT in the Paralympic Games.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog Outsports.com, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.