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November 24, 2014

The Nashville Grizzlies will host the world cup of gay rugby in May of 2016 after the member teams of International Gay Rugby voted on which team should host the next competition

The Nashville Grizzlies gay rugby club have beaten out the Chicago Dragons to win the right to host the 2016 world cup of gay rugby, the Mark Kendall Bingham Memorial Tournament, generally referred to as the Bingham Cup.

The International Gay Rugby (IGR) association made the announcement on Wednesday that the Bingham Cup will be returning to US in 2016 to be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.

Both cities put forward strong bids for the right to host the competition but the final vote, was 53-40 in favor of Nashville.

November 21, 2014

Mulled wine and mince pies at the ready!

Vienna has announced the first 'Rainbow Christmas Market' for LGBTI shoppers this December.

The market will launch in Europe's most Christmassy city on the 1 December to coincide with World AIDS Day.

November 20, 2014

'I think we have a lot in common. We’re both from Louisiana, we’re both hosts...'

Who knew that Robin Roberts and Ellen DeGeneres were so alike?

Today (20 November) the host of the ABC morning show Good Morning America sat across from Ellen on her own program.

The comic listed all the things the two shared.

November 19, 2014

British diving star is released on same day IOC said it wants to have protections for LGBTI people

British diver Tom Daley talks about his dreams of winning Olympic gold in 2016 and a little bit about coming out in an official Olympics video released this week.

Daley also talks about the 'announcement' he made last December but the word 'gay' is not uttered once in the 9-minutes and 17-seconds interview.

'Since then the public support has been literally overwhelming,' Daley says. 'Everyone's been so nice, everyone's been so supportive.'

November 18, 2014

Recommendation comes after heavy criticism for holding 2014 Winter Games in Russia

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is recommending that sexual orientation become one of the protected classes listed in the non-discrimination policy of the Olympic Charter.

The IOC underwent heavy criticism for many months leading up to the Sochi Olympics this year because they were held in Russia, a country that has an anti-gay propaganda law.

The policy would be part of Principle 6 of the charter. The proposal will be considered at the full IOC meeting in Monaco on 8 December.

October 31, 2014

Suddenly we've become more interested in playing a full contact sport

A Nashville gay rugby team has stripped down, got wet and muddy for their 2015 calendar.

The Nashville Grizzlies RFC, a USA Rugby Division III club, scrum together shirtless for the 12 pictures aiming to raise money for their team.

'We are a socially and ethnically diverse group of guys ages 19-53 learning a great sport, getting some good exercise and giving back to our community,' they say.

'Every two years we travel to the Bingham Cup, named in honor of Mark Bingham who died on United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

October 29, 2014

Newly out trans woman and former boxing promoter says is also confused about her sexuality at the age of 61

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney has said she now regrets her homophobic comments, saying at the time she thought it was a 'joke'.

The 61-year-old, who once ran as a UKIP candidate for London Mayor, has said coming out as a trans woman has made her more wiser and more tolerant of other people in the LGBTI community.

When she was campaigning in 2004, she said she would not go to Camden as there were 'too many gays'. She said, pre-transition, that she had a problem with them 'flaunting their sexuality'.

October 19, 2014

The UK’s first gay rugby team celebrate post-match by belting out a Disney classic

Most rugby teams celebrate post-match by hitting the showers or going for a few drinks, but this kind of celebration is definitely far more flamboyant.

For gay rugby team Machester Village Spartans from the UK, the way they chose to celebrate after their match was by belting out a group rendition of one of their favourite Disney songs.

In this video, we see members of the team singing along to ‘I Just Can’t Wait to be King’ from The Lion King.

The Manchester Village Spartans were the UK’s first gay rugby team, and the second in the world.

October 15, 2014

We feel like experts after playing with the dogs and talking to the dog sledding champs at the ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland

I’ve never heard dogs howl like that.

They were barking, yelping, hopping over each other and getting tangled in their harnesses tied to the sleigh.

‘They’re excited, and they’re ready to go,’ said our guide, a dog sledding expert who loves and trains these huskies to take her across the frozen tundra days at a time.

Sure enough, the moment we strapped ourselves into the dog sled, all we could hear was the wind and the sled sliding in the snow.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

October 1, 2014

Social media giant had lost users over enforcement of its real names policy

Facebook on Wednesday (1 October) apologized for enacting a real names policy last month that had banned drag performers from the practice of using their stage names on their profiles.

The social media giant now plans to work on building new tools to authentication tools to use in verifying accounts that are flagged for being fake.

September 24, 2014

It states: 'A country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement'

After holding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia where there are anti-gay laws, the International Olympic Committee has added a non-discrimination clause to its contract with any future host city.

The three 2022 candidate cities are Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The IOC came under widespread criticism for allowing the most recent Olympics to be held in Sochi after a series of anti-gay laws were passed in Russia including one that made it illegal to show any kind of public support for homosexuality.

September 17, 2014

Vine video appeared to show him calling other player a 'fucking poof'

England international rugby player Zak Hardaker will not be charged over an alleged homophobic remark made at a recent Super League match.

The 22-year-old Leeds fallback got in trouble earlier this year after calling a player a 'fucking fag' during a game, forcing him to be suspended for five games.

When he was accused of calling another player a 'fucking poof' last month, after a Vine video surfaced on social media, it was suggested he could have faced even worse consequences.

September 1, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts gay rugby club has dominated the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, winning the Bingham Cup after defeating the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0

The Sydney Convicts have dominated the competition at the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, with the club’s A team winning the competition in a match against the Brisbane Hustlers with a score of 31 to 0, it’s B team reaching the semi-finals and its C team winning the Bingham Shield.

It was a stunning reversal for the Brisbane Hustlers considering that earlier this year they had beat the Convicts to win the Australian national cup of gay rugby the Purchas Cup.

August 24, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, tells Gay Star News he isn't sure he wants to try and return to the league for another season.

'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be,' Collins said at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Chicago on Saturday (23 August).

Collins, 35, said he will decide by late September whether or not he wants to resume training.

Not that he is letting himself get out of shape.

'I still run,' he said. 'I don't want to turn into Charles Barkley.'

August 22, 2014

The All-Star received 31 votes from a national panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters

Brittney Griner, the lesbian center for the Women's National Basketball Association Phoenix Mercury, was named 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.

The announcement was made today, 22 August. A panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters made the selection, with Griner receiving 31 votes.

August 22, 2014

V. Stivanio says in court papers she never had sex with the billionaire who was ousted from NBA for racist comments

Donald Sterling, the one-time owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, was ousted from the league for being a racist bigot.

Now his ex-girlfriend is also claiming that he is also gay.

V. Stiviano alleges in court papers filed this week that she was the billionaire's beard and that the two never had sex.

She states that Sterling is 'homosexual and enjoys sexual and or sexual congress with males.'

August 20, 2014

Your gender doesn’t mean you are Bruce Willis or Barbie, so why are trans people forced to defend their gender identity?

I can’t remember how old I would have been when I realized that telling people I wanted to be a girl was not a wise thing to do.

Certainly I knew before I was seven. When the whole world is telling you that you’re a boy simply based on what’s between your legs, it takes a very strong-minded child indeed to stick to your convictions.

I wasn’t that strong-willed, and the physical evidence was hard to ignore. It’s why I’m so much in awe of those children who identify as trans and their parents who act constructively on it.

August 19, 2014

'Father Time is undefeated against us all'

After playing part of last season for the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA's first openly gay player is hinting that his playing days could be over.

Jason Collins, 35, came out amid much fanfare on the cover of Sports Illustrated in April 2013 then, for the first time in his career, was not signed by a team.

But the Nets hired him mid-season and he was able to secure his place in history as the first out player in the league.

August 19, 2014

Former Big Brother contestant describes the former boxing promoter, who has just come out as a trans woman, as a 'tranny'

When former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who has recently come out as a trans woman, went into the UK Celebrity Big Brother house – there was bound to be controversy.

But not even Channel 5 could have prepared itself for the onslaught of transphobia and conspiracies surrounding her involvement in the reality show.

With some on Twitter and Facebook referring to Maloney as ‘creepy’ and ‘disgusting’, others chose to use the transphobic slur ‘tranny’ to describe the former UKIP politician.

August 18, 2014

Former boxing promoter and newly out trans woman will be entering the reality TV house, and according to the bookmakers is the most likely to win

Trans boxing legend Kellie Maloney is set to win Celebrity Big Brother, according to the bookies.

With the highest reported pay out of all of the competitors, the former promoter is expected to take home the trophy even before she steps inside the house.

With odds of 5/2, she is beating out Benefits Street’s White Dee and British boxer Audley Harrison in second and third place.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: ‘Kellie & Dee both look set to go the distance and it would be a massive shock if either of them were knocked out in the early rounds.’

August 16, 2014

The former boxing promoter, who recently came out as a trans woman, has a history of anti-gay views

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who recently came out as a trans woman, does not believe same-sex families should raise children.

 

August 16, 2014

'I became the happiest person on this earth'

Women’s National Basketball Association star Brittney Griner announced, on Instagram, her engagement to fellow WNBA athlete Glory Johnson.

'Last night was a night to remember,' Griner wrote under a photo of her on one knee, in front of a sitting Johnson.

August 14, 2014

Auckland, New Zealand has been named the host city for the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames, with the international LGBTI sporting competition to take place during that year’s Auckland Pride Festival

There’s now double the reasons to check out New Zealand’s Auckland Pride Festival in 2016 with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) Asia Pacific announcing the city will host the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames during the festival.

‘Having now held three very successful and financially viable events, the Asia Pacific Outgames has established itself as a leading LGBTI event in the Asia Pacific region,’ GLISA Asia Pacific president Barry Taylor said in announcing Auckland as the host city.