LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Sports

April 18, 2014

Jon Jones called an Instagram user a ‘fag boy’ and said ‘homosexuality is a sin’, before a representative claimed a hacker had stolen his phone

A US heavyweight champion fighter, who insulted a man on Instagram with comments like ‘fag shit’ and ‘homosexuality is a sin’, has blamed a hacker who stole his phone for the outburst.

Jon Jones, the youngest Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) in the history of the sport, is in hot water after his tirade on the social media site earlier this week (15 April).

Swedish man Danii Javid was the recipient of the homophobic slurs.

April 17, 2014

Good Morning America anchor recalls her late mom saying to her: 'You are my child, and you're a child of God, and I love you'

After spending decades on television not discussing her sexuality, Robin Roberts is now an open book - literally.

The Good Morning America anchor has penned a memoir called Everybody's Got Something about her harrowing fight against a blood and bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome.

To promote the book, Roberts has landed on the covers of several US magazines this week including People in which she talks about her coming out to her tight-knit family decades ago.

April 16, 2014

Dozens of people were arrested under the gay propaganda law in Sochi, and activists are hoping this never happens again

Over 100,000 people have called on the IOC to ensure the Olympics are never hosted in an anti-gay country again.

While the International Olympic Committee has hinted the rules could be changed in the future, activists are hoping any homophobic countries will be stopped from reaping the rewards of hosting the Games.

The last Olympics in Sochi, Russia, drew a huge amount of international criticism. Dozens of people were arrested under the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

April 15, 2014

'Sometimes there's a stigma attached to how people view you if you're living a certain way. But I don't care - you gotta live your life'

Robin Roberts has been on ABC's Good Morning America since 1995 and shared with viewers her battles with breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome.

But it was not until last December that she shared with the world that she is a lesbian and in a long-term relationship.

Roberts was widely applauded for her decision to finally go public but there were also those critics who felt she had waited much too long given her high-profile and the battle for LGBTI equal rights on the front burner.

She has no apologies.

April 11, 2014

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us'

National Basketball Association legend Bill Russell sees little difference in the concerns gay athletes face now and what black ball players faced when sport leagues were integrated.

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,' Russell said, as reported by the Associated Press.

April 9, 2014

In his coming out, he has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player

Basketball player Derrick Gordon came out as gay today (9 April).

In his coming out, he has become the first openly gay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 basketball player.

A sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball player, the 22-year-old has decided to come out at the beginning of his career.

‘I just didn't want to hide anymore, in any way,’ Gordon told ESPN.

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 4, 2014

Outside military service, where else can you run over 10 miles of wet and dirty obstacle courses designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie?

In less than a month, I’ll be doing what will quite possibly be the most physically challenging endeavor of my life: I'll be participating in the 2014 Tough Mudder in West London.

I’m not fearful of the pools of ice, scaling slippery walls, or charging into arenas with low-voltage cables that work like cattle prods pushing people on to the next obstacle.

I’m not worried about the mystery obstacle, or the dubiously named Balls to the Wall, Hangin’ Tough or Just The Tip courses.

April 4, 2014

Gay diver is supporting the opening of the Olympic park, hoping the legacy of 2012 will be able to continue into the future

Gay diver Tom Daley is calling for the public to come watch him in his speedos, practice his diving, and to carry on the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Speaking in a new video, Daley has given his support for visitors to make the most of what the Olympic Park has to offer, which will be open for the first time on 5 April.

Some lucky visitors will even be able to watch Tom practice his diving in the Aquatics Centre.

April 2, 2014

The Sunshine Stampede sees men and women from all across North America come together for a weekend of bull riding, barrel racing and over $5000 in prizes

Grab your partner and do-si-do to the Sunshine State this weekend for the gay rodeo Sunshine Stampede.

Kicking off Thursday 3 April with a film showing of Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo, the weekend will see rodeo experts, along with cowboy (and cowgirl) lovers, head to Fort Lauderdale for an event organized by the Florida Gay Rodeo Association (FGRA). Tickets for the documentary screening can be purchased online at

March 31, 2014

Even after a judge ruled LGBT homeless youth were allowed to find some refuge in public sewers, New Kingston police are reportedly forcing destitute gay teens out of the only shelter they can find

Jamaica police could violate court order by reportedly forcing homeless LGBT out of a sewer, saying they must evacuate by 1 April.

New Kingston police have been battling with a group of young LGBT teens who after being forced from their homes or escaping have found shelter in a network of sewers.

March 21, 2014

'One player, one knucklehead from another team. He's a knucklehead. So I just let it go'

Out basketball player Jason Collins refuses to worry about the one opponent who taunted him with bigoted language.

The first openly gay athlete in the National Basketball Association has had no problems thus far,  minus one player he refuses to name.

March 18, 2014

The Brisbane Hustlers have beat gay rugby teams from across Australia and New Zealand to win the annual Purchas Cup

A team from the state of Queensland has won Australia and New Zealand’s annual Purchas Cup for gay rugby beating out teams from Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.

The Sydney Convicts had been the favourites to win – being the current reigning world champions of gay rugby - but the Brisbane Hustlers came up on top beating them 12 to 5 in a surprise result.

The Hustlers may have had a home ground advantage as it was the first time the competition has been held inside Brisbane’s Ballymore Stadium – the home of rugby in the city.

March 7, 2014

From boxing to poker, these lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are making a name for themselves not only as out athletes but by dominating in their sport

To celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow (8 March) we are going to take a moment to appreciate the achievements of seven incredible LGBTI sportswomen.

From Hollywood to the Olympics, a public figure’s sexuality has made headlines and broken careers. Arguably the 21st century has seen some progress, but there is certainly a long way to go.

We look at seven athletes who in one fell swoop are blazing trails both for women in sport and LGBTI athletes.

March 5, 2014

Becomes one of the few LGBTI celebrity contestants to take part over 18 seasons

Diana Nyad is trading in her swimsuit for a ball gown.

The champion swimmer, who inspired many when she completed her historic swim from Cuba to Florida last summer, was introduced Tuesday (4 March) as one of the celebrity contestants on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

The show begins its 18th season - there are two seasons each year - on 17 March.

It was the age of 64 and on her fifth attempt that Nyad swam 103 miles in 53 hours from Cuba to Florida.

She did so without a shark cage, flippers or a wetsuit which had never been done before.

February 28, 2014

Openly gay GMA host has relaxed and candid interview with openly gay Oscar host

Two of television's most successful lesbian personalities got together for a relaxed chat a few days before one of them hosts the Academy Awards for the second time.

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who came out publicly last December, got Ellen DeGeneres to open up in an interview that aired Thursday (27 February) on the ABC show.

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 23, 2014

'In the [bid] process it would be helpful. I would like to see it but I also understand it's not that easy'

On the last day of the Sochi Winter Games, tennis legend Billie Jean King hopes the International Olympic Committee changes its charter to specifically declare anti-gay discrimination is prohibited.

'Hopefully [IOC president] Mr [Thomas] Bach and the IOC will think about the next time they give a bid out - I hope that they'll look at discrimination as a big part of it,' she said to the BBC.

'But no country is perfect. America certainly isn't,' King continued. 

February 22, 2014

With today's win, Ireen Wüst becomes the first athlete to win five medals at Sochi

Out bisexual Ireen Wüst added to her medal count today (22 February) at the Winter Olympics.

The speedskater took gold as a member of the Netherlands women's team pursuit squad.

She, Jorien ter Mors, and Marrit Leenstra won with an Olympic record time of, as reported by the Associated Press, 2:58.05.

February 21, 2014

Mattia Perin, Alberto Gilardino and Gianluigi Buffon have spoken out about the taboo of homosexuality in football

Two players for Italy’s national soccer team have spoken out on the taboo of homosexuality in football.

Mattia Perin, a 21-year-old goalkeeper who has played in friendly matches for Italy, says it would be incredibly difficult for a gay player to come out.

Many football pundits, and gay fans of the game, predict 2014 will be the year when a top soccer star will reveal their sexuality and continue to play.

The world of soccer came to support former German national Thomas Hitzlsperger after he came out late last year.

February 21, 2014

Out athletes say that when they come out, they become better at their sport after conquering challenges and pressures

If the openly LGBT athletes were a team at Sochi, they would have more medals than Team GB.

With just seven openly gay Olympians competing in the Games, and all women, they proved to be victorious.

Ireen Wüst was the biggest medal-winner of the seven athletes, winning one gold and three silvers. She still has to compete in the Ladies’ Team Pursuit on Friday (21 February).

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, the Austrian ski jumper, won silver in the normal hill individual.

February 19, 2014

Althete who caused controversy when she got a cuddle from Putin takes home silver in the women's 5,000 meters

Dutch bisexual athlete Ireen Wüst has won her fourth medal of the Sochi Olympic Games.

The Netherlands speedskater took home silver in the women’s 5000 meters today (19 February).

This means she will be one of the most awarded athletes in this year’s Olympics, a Games overshadowed by the homophobic legislation of Russia.

Wüst was expected to take the top spot of the 5,000 meters after she set an impressive time of 6 minutes, 54.28 seconds.

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 18, 2014

'I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That's an insult to all gay men'

When it comes to LGBTI equality, Charles Barkley has always been a vocal ally.

He supports same-sex marriage and has noted, multiple times, that when it comes to gay athletes all that matters is field performance.