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July 18, 2014

Australia's most famous swimming champion couldn't deal with the emotional burden of keeping his sexuality secret

Swimming superstar Ian Thorpe retired early over the emotional burden of keeping his sexuality secret, his former teammate Grant Hackett believes.

‘I believe this was the major factor that led Ian to wrap up his career in his mid-20s,’ Hackett wrote in a blog for an online bookmaker on Friday.

‘The heights he scaled throughout his career were unprecedented, but there could have been a whole lot more to the CV of Ian Thorpe.’

Hackett, who has won three gold medals in swimming at the Olympics, said Thorpe’s coming out was not a ‘surprise to many’.

July 16, 2014

The preliminary results of the Out on the Fields survey into homophobia in sports for Australia has found that 85% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people have experienced homophobia in a sporting context - as have many straight people

The researchers behind the Out on the Fields study into homophobia and sports have announced their findings for Australia as Australia prepares to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby in Sydney next month.

Nearly 2,500 Australians have taken part in the study so far and the preliminary findings have been compiled by sports market research firm Repucom, which is conducting the research pro bono.

July 16, 2014

Announcement comes as MLB also pays tribute to the late Glenn Burke who was out to his teammates in 70s and 80s

Major League Baseball on Tuesday (15 July) announced the appointment of former outfielder Billy Bean as the league's first Ambassador for Inclusion.

The announcement came prior to the league's All-Star Game in Minneapolis at a press conference that also included a tribute to the late Glenn Burke, a player who suffered greatly for being out to his teammates and coaches in the late 70s and early 80s.

Burke was recognized posthumously by the league as the sport's gay pioneer.

July 15, 2014

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have optioned Rogers' story

The story of Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in the history of the Major Soccer League (MSL), has inspired a television comedy show.

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan - the openly gay producers of the last two Academy Awards telecasts and next year's as well - will develop and produce the series based on Rogers' experiences, according to Deadline Hollywood.

July 14, 2014

'I’m not going to, because these are opinions that I feel strongly about'

Gay marriage is legal in his state and in 18 others in the US but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says now is not the time for Republicans to throw in the towel on the issue.

Opposition to same-sex marriage remains a part of the Republican Party platform which has hurt the party when it comes to attracting younger voters who are not opposed to marriage equality.

July 13, 2014

How do you tell your children that you are transitioning from one sex to another? Janis Booth is a transwoman living in the Connecticut. She is the father of three sons. Now aged 64, she did not begin to transition until her late 50s, after being married for 26 years.

I started cross-dressing in my teens, but it was something that I kept secret from my wife. It wasn’t until I was about 58 that I talked to someone else about it.

All my life, I had carried the complete conviction that it would be impossible for me to transition from male to female. But I started to do a little research on the internet and joined a trans-support website and started talking with other people who had similar issues in their lives.

July 9, 2014

‘The promotion and protection of human rights has been upheld and the criminalization of gay men and lesbians has been recognized for what it is, a grave human rights violation'

When one group that campaigns on LGBTI issues were told they would not be allowed to be a charity as they were too political, they didn’t take no for an answer.

The Human Dignity Trust has won a major battle in the step to protect LGBTI rights in the name of the public.

This means any gay man, woman, bisexual, transgender or intersex person will be able to get the help of this charity to use the law to end discrimination in their country.

July 5, 2014

Gay rugby club the Sydney Convicts will face off against players from Macquarie University on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before the New South Wales Waratahs and the New Zealand Highlanders face off in the stadium

Australia’s oldest gay rugby union team the Sydney Convicts will make history when they become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match on Sunday as they prepare to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby.

The Sydney Convicts will play against a team from Macquarie University on Sunday afternoon ahead of the game between Australia’s New South Wales Waratahs and New Zealand’s Highlanders at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

June 20, 2014

Rob Watson, a recovering alcoholic himself, tells Governor Rick Perry how wrong he is for thinking alcholism is the same as homosexuality

If you are gay, and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. 

This past week, that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay people.

May 30, 2014

'Satan is pleased with the narrative that Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson'

A US pastor thinks any connection between Michael Sam, the first out draft pick of the National Football League, and Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, is Satan's doing.

May 28, 2014

Core Issues Trust were criticized by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 'misinterpreting' their statement about sexual orientation

A Christian group fighting to keep ‘gay cures’ legal in the UK has been left red-faced after they ‘misinterpreted’ a statement made by psychiatrists.

The Core Issues Trust pronounced their victory today after saying Royal College of Psychiatrists had made it clear people are not born gay.

Calling it a ‘major admission’, they criticized the college for continuing to support a ban on conversion therapy.

Mike Davidson, the director of Core Issues Trust, interpreted two lines of a two-page document as proof of the change in view.

May 18, 2014

Taiwanese IT heavyweight Asus’ micro film for its ZenFone has been watched online millions of times in less than a week

Everyone knows how the competitive the Chinese smartphone market is. To stand out from the crowd, Asus from Taiwan apparently thinks a bit of humor won’t hurt.

The 3-minute commercial for the ZenFone first appeared in late April, but it’s from last Monday (12 May) that it has really caught on and appeared on just about every major online forum in Greater China.

The ad starts with a ‘boy-meets-girl’ scene that is way too typical for viewers to expect much out of it.

May 10, 2014

CEO defends hotel saying it has done 'nothing wrong' and asks if consumers will boycott other hotels and businesses with links to countries that have similar laws

The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California says boycotts led by celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Fry, Jay Leno and Virgin CEO Richard Branson have resulted in cancellations of several major events worth US$1.5 million, according to NBC News.

The Motion Picture & Television Fund thhis week announced it won't hold its annual Night Before the Oscar party at the hotel as it has for many years.

May 1, 2014

Greek business tycoon believes there is no such thing as rape in marriage, women should be banned from wearing anything other than skirts, and black slaves had an easier time than when they were in Africa

A major UKIP donor has said gay people are incapable of love.

Demetri Marchessini, a retired Greek business tycoon, also said wives cannot be raped by their husbands and black slaves had a ‘much better life’ than in Africa.

The sixth largest individual donor to the UK Independence Party was interviewed on television recently, where he said gay people are only capable of lust.

[There is] no such thing as fidelity in their relationships,’ Marchessini said on Channel 4 News.

‘They just all go out looking for action. That’s the way it is.’

April 30, 2014

With just nine days until graduation, Pasadena City College still has no commencement speaker

Instead of an Academy Award winning alumnus delivering the commencement speech at Pasadena City College next month, the Southern California school has no one at all.

With nine days until graduation, the school is dealing with a second fiasco involving its scheduled commencement speaker.

Black's invitation was rescinded earlier this month because of long ago leaked sex photos and now Dr. Eric Walsh, Pasadena’s director of public health, has also not panned out.

April 27, 2014

'Obama wants to appear to his own people, and to the rest of the world, as the leader of the free world. It is easy for him to perform USA's moral leadership globally by supporting rights issues elsewhere. But why should Obama have the moral imperative to support local rights issues elsewhere?'

(With US President Barack Obama on a historic visit to Malaysia this weekend, Malaysian LGBT rights activist Pang Khee Teik responds to the Human Rights Watch’s call on Obama to address LGBT issues among other rights during his visit.)

April 26, 2014

Paul O’Grady, Heather Peace and Joey Barton also win awards at ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’ dinner

Gay British Olympic diver Tom Daley has scooped his first major LGBTI award at ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’.

The Out In The City and G3 Magazine Awards were presented at a star-studded dinner at London’s swanky Landmark Hotel tonight (25 April).

Other celebrity winners included comedian and TV presenter Paul O'Grady and actress and musician Heather Peace, who shared the Celebrity of the Year accolade.

The Broadcaster of the Year prize went to lesbian BBC News anchor Jane Hill and camp gay comic Graham Norton.

April 25, 2014

Star creating Tony buzz for performance as trans punk rock singer

Will Neil Patrick Harris be placing a Tony Award next to his four Emmys?

It certainly seems possible judging from the stupendous reviews he has been getting during opening week of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

As a transgender East German punk rock singer, Harris is getting the kind of raves performers - and producers of a show - dream about.

April 22, 2014

Bachelor Boy singer said speculation over his sexuality has 'hurt' his family, especially when he was younger

British singer and lifelong bachelor Cliff Richard has spoken out about his sexuality for the first time.

The 73-year-old, who was once hailed as the UK’s answer to Elvis Presley, has long been the subject of speculation about whether or not he’s gay.

‘It did [hurt] when I was young,’ the singer said on Australian TV show A Current Affair.

‘It hurt my family a lot, of course. But who cares? It doesn’t really matter to me any more. I have got gay friends.

April 8, 2014

All of Australia’s major sporting codes will pledge tomorrow to eliminate homophobia in sport ahead of Australia hosting the world gay rugby Bingham Cup in August

The heads of the five largest sporting codes in Australia are set to make a historic commitment tomorrow towards wiping out homophobia in sport as they agree to implement anti-homophobia and inclusion policies by the end of August of this year.

The CEOs of the national Australian Football League, Australia Rugby Union, National Rugby League, and the Football Federation of Australia will make the pledge at a press conference tomorrow alongside the executive general manager of Cricket Australia.

April 8, 2014

'They have been throughout my career. And I really appreciate that because they really are loyal to the artists that they love'

Olivia Newton-John kicks off her Summer Nights show at the Flamingo Las Vegas today.

It's one of those concert residency engagements that such fellow pop legends as Cher, Celine Dion, Elton John, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler have done in the past at other venues.

The Aussie singer whose hits include Physical, Magic, Xanadu, Have You Never Been Mellow and I Honestly Love You expects to see plenty of her gay fans in the audience throughout her Vegas run.

March 29, 2014

'You did wrong ... you must pay the consequences for what you did'

A former Florida A&M band member will spend 51 weeks in jail for the hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

Yesterday, 28 March, Jessie Baskin heard his punishment after a three-hour hearing that included character witnesses and letters  for leniency.

March 26, 2014

US Christian broadcaster Michael Brown has called for Christians to boycott World Vision after it announced it would hire gay Christian married staff - but says it would not be his fault if any children are hurt as a result

American Christian broadcaster Michael Brown has accused World Vision America of ‘apostasy’ after the charity announced it would allow Christians who are gay and married to work for it, and has called for a boycott of the charity.

March 25, 2014

Says one infielder: 'There will be a couple of jerks. But the majority of people are going to be like, "So what?"'

A new poll of Major League Baseball players shows that a strong majority of those surveyed believe their sport is ready to have an openly gay player.

ESPN Magazine has surveyed 143 players on a variety of topics including this question: Do you agree or disagree with Joe Girardi that MLB is ready for an openly gay player?

A solid 81% of the players said yes while just 19% said no.