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March 30, 2015

State Democrats and LGBTI groups want law fixed before more damage is done to state's economy and image

If Indiana Governor Mike Pence thought giving a defiant TV interview over the weekend would head off mounting criticism of his recent signing of a 'religious freedom' bill, he was very wrong.

On Monday, backlash against SB101 - which gives private businesses and organizations the right to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs - picked up even more momentum.

March 28, 2015

'Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me'

National Basketball Association legend Charles Barkley wants college basketball to remove its most important game out of Indiana.

Every March and April the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds its Final Four tournament (March Madness).

This year the championship will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 27, 2015

Trans former boxing promoter, Big Brother celebrity and UKIP politician previously opposed gay families and marriage

UKIP trans politician Kellie Maloney has u-turned to support same-sex marriage and families and says her party must do the same or they are ‘cavemen’.

Before she transitioned, the former boxing manager and promoter stood for the right-wing British party in the London mayoral elections but refused to campaign in the borough of Camden because there are ‘too many gays’.

She told the BBC: ‘I don’t want to campaign around gays... I don’t think they do a lot for society... what I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality.’

March 21, 2015

'Perfect 10s AGAIN!!! Twice in one day!!'

Tom Daley needed to be perfect to take the silver in the 10m platform at the FINA Diving World Series.

The out Olympian scored all 10s in his third dive at the competition, held in Dubai.

This pushed him from fourth to second, with 578.25 points.

March 21, 2015

Kendell Jenner: 'I NEVER said those things. I never spoke to them'

It seemed like US Weekly had a real scoop: one of Bruce Jenner's children commenting on the reality show star's widely reported transition from male to female.

The magazine quoted Kendell Jenner as saying: 'I love my dad. He’s always been there for me and my sisters. He’s a wonderful man. And just because he’s changing shoes now, so to speak, doesn’t make him less wonderful. I will always love my dad, whether he’s a man or a woman.'

Only problem is that Kendall Jenner took to Twitter to let her followers know the story was bogus.

March 18, 2015

Committee wants to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts

Japanese lawmakers Tuesday (17 March) formed a cross-party group to stamp out anti-gay discrimination in the country by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hiroshi Hase, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member and leader of the committee, said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts over Russia's anti-gay law.

'As it hosts the Olympic Games, there is no doubt that Japanese society will be questioned on how it treats its sexual minorities,' he said.

'We must substantiate the principles described in the basic plan of the Games.'

March 14, 2015

Grass roots organisations are key to bringing the LGBTI community together. We love profiling the teams and sports clubs that play a key role in keeping us active.

Here is a complete list of the sports clubs and teams that we have connected with around the world.

March 10, 2015

Anti-gay slur is roundly condemned on social media

A Sri Lankan cricket fan has been roundly condemned by his countrymen for waving a placard labeling Glenn Maxwell a ‘fag’ at a world cup match in Sydney.

Thousands cheered as Maxwell propelled Australia to victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday (8 March), completely unaware of the anti-gay slur which was written in Tamil.

A photo making the rounds on Sri Lankan social media shows a man in the national team's jersey holding a sign reading, 'Maxwell is a fag.'

March 10, 2015

A Dutch greenhouse/concept restaurant that will ruin vegetables for you forever – and still it feels understated

Am I the only one who responds to the words 'locally-sourced ingredients' with an unconvinced eye-roll?

Well, consider my cynicism (towards the concept, not the countless pretentious restaurants who feign allegiance to it) obliterated.

De Kas – a hip, relaxed eatery in Amsterdam's Park Frankendael, housed in a giant conservatory structure, thus bathed in natural light – takes the idea and runs with it.

March 6, 2015

Gay Star News brings you all of the gay sports news and views from around the world.

Gay sport is a big deal. From the grassroots clubs bringing people together at a local level, to the increasing number of elite sportspeoples who are being open and authentic about their sexuality.

Here is a round-up of some of our recent sports coverage.

Elite Sport

March 5, 2015

Two of the most popular teams in the AFL football code will face off against each other on 15 March at Drummoyne Oval in a game celebrating the LGBTI community and there are plans to make the event a permanent fixture

The Sydney Swans and the Freemantle Dockers will go head to head on 15 March in the Australian Football League’s first ever LGBTI ‘Pride Cup’ celebrating sexual and gender diversity.

The event was announced earlier today just days before Sydney’s LGBTI community is set to march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

During the match the 50m arc, goalpost pads and goal umpire flags at Drummoyne Oval will be decorated in the rainbow gay pride colors as a signal of support for the LGBTI community and LGBTI AFL fans and players.

March 3, 2015

It's a winter sports lover's dream

There are all sorts of weird and wonderful accommodations on Airbnb from around the world – but this one leaves us positively priapic with intrigue!

The latest (albeit, temporary) addition to the website's roster of exciting properties for trailblazing travellers is the stunning Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway.

February 24, 2015

Doorman unleashes a homophobic rant at a student who isn't even gay

A UK bouncer has been suspended after he was caught on camera saying 'gay people should be fed to dogs.'

The doorman unleashed a homophobic rant Friday (20 February) night outside the Corporation club in Sheffield – to a student who isn't gay.

'If you want to take a gay boy home with you... If you want to take a gay man home with you... you can feed him to your dogs,' he appears to say.

Rory Barker, a chemistry student at the University of Sheffield, said he was left 'astonished and incredulous' by the homophobic comments.

February 18, 2015

'Much like Bruce Jenner, it is in transition'

Bruce Jenner has had to endure plenty of transphobic comments as the news of his transition from male to female has become public.

Now the Olympic Gold Medalist turned reality show star is being used to describe English singer Robbie Williams' dye job gone wrong.

February 8, 2015

Kim Kardashian's stepfather was miles from his Malibu, California home

Bruce Jenner was part of a fatal car crash.

According to People he was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, near his Malibu, California home, when the 7 February (Saturday) accident happened.

The 65-year-old  sustained no injuries, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has confirmed one fatality.

February 5, 2015

How to find the best dumplings and other insider secrets from the Australian football enthusiast.

Born and raised in the city's western suburbs, Brian Peel is a presenter on JOY 94.9 – Melbourne's LGBTI radio station.

We caught up with him recently to share some travel stories.

How would you describe Melbourne's western suburbs.
They breed them tough out our way! The area has such a great cultural mix of nationalities. I am of the Maltese kind, born here but speak the language and absolutely adore the food.

February 4, 2015

First time two gay rugby teams compete at a professional sporting event

History will be made on 20 February when the Melbourne Chargers and Sydney Convicts do battle in a curtain raiser to a Super Rugby league match.

It will be the first time that two gay rugby teams compete as part of a professional sporting event. And it is only the third time in the history of world sports that even one gay team has been invited to play a curtain raiser ahead of a professional game.

Victorian sports minister John Eren said the state government supported the initiative.

February 4, 2015

More than 80% of calls are from men

More than 80% of calls to India's first lesbian helpline in Chennai are from men – but why?

Aksam, a 24-year-old boxing coach who volunteers at the helpline, said some men called to try and get contact numbers for lesbians while others were curious about lesbianism and relationships between women.

February 3, 2015

Sports ministry 4 Winds warns the broadcasting of Jenner's story is 'promoting sin'

An anti-LGBTI sports ministry group claims Olympian-turned-reality show star Bruce Jenner is 'promoting sin' by transitioning to female.

The 4 Winds sports ministry has issued a press release warning of what they say are the ramifications of such a public journey by the winner of the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Gsmes.

February 3, 2015

Originally from Australia, Gareth now lives in London.

Part of the GSN team since the very beginning, Gareth brings his organisational skills to the day-to-day operations of Gay Star News, as well as contributing features on:

February 2, 2015

Official says the ban will 'ensure fair competition'

The Vietnam Football Federation said Thursday (29 January) transgender woman are banned from the national women's tournament when it kicks off in March.

'The national championship is exclusively for women, so transsexuals will not be allowed,' said Duong Nghiep Khoi, vice secretary of the federation.

'This regulation is to ensure fair competition and for the development of Vietnam women’s football.'

He did not say how many, if any, players were affected by the ban.

January 24, 2015

Star discusses sexy scene with X Files legend; says it prompted her to quit 'The Good Wife'

Actress Archie Panjabi has discussed her steamy lesbian kiss scene with Gillian Anderson in the second series of crime drama The Fall – revealing their director had to ask her to ‘hold back’.

Speaking in an interview with the Radio Times, the star said: ‘When I was kissing [Gillian], Allan Cubitt, the show’s creator and director, had to say “Archie, can you hold back?” because Gillian was supposed to take me by complete surprise!’

January 21, 2015

Openly gay footballer is not happy

Robbie Rogers has said the decision to give Russia and Qatar the World Cup is 'insane'.

The world's highest-profile openly gay footballer has said traveling to either of those two countries is a big risk for LGBTI players and fans.

'I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane,' he told Sky Sports.

'If you look at the next few World Cups, they are in places where, if I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up ... It is pretty ridiculous.'

January 14, 2015

LA Galaxy player does combination of yoga, interval and cardio training to get back into 'soccer shape'

There's being in shape then there's being in soccer shape.

Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, has had some time off since he and his LA Galaxy teammates won the league championships.

But with formal workout for the upcoming season just a few weeks away, Rogers is stepping things up with his workouts and allowed Out Magazine to photograph his efforts.