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December 19, 2014

'If I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death'

Openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers has slammed FIFA for its ‘insane’ decision to stage the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The LA Galaxy midfielder Thursday (17 December) said the decision put gay players and fans at risk if they traveled to the two countries for the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

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

December 14, 2014

‘The Olympic Committee had a huge responsibility in Sochi and they didn't stand up for human rights,’ says Anja Paerson

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been slammed for not supporting and defending LGBTI athletes.

Swedish skier Anja Paerson made the comments when reflecting on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in which many gay athletes and spectators did not feel safe in the wake of the Russian ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Paerson, who is now retired, felt the IOC did not do enough to stand up for gay athletes.

December 10, 2014

'There's a lot of homosexuals in mixed martial arts who haven't yet come out'

Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva has addressed rumors surrounding his sexuality and said there are many gay men in the sport.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title-holder told Trip magazine a lot of people had asked him about his sexuality and teased him for his tidiness and good personal hygiene.

He said he answers, 'Look, not to my knowledge. But, I'm still young, it could be that in the future I'll find out that I'm gay.'

December 9, 2014

Singer seems to be uninjured as he is helped to his feet by tennis legend John McEnroe

All Elton John wanted to do was congratulate Martina Hingis and John McEnroe for their stellar play during a charity tennis in London on Sunday.

The singer got out of his courtside chair to greet the player and when he returned to sit down, he fell backward in the chair all the way to the ground.

John did not appear to be injured and video of the mishap at Royal Albert Hall has gone viral.

He was quickly helped to his feet by McEnroe.

It was still a good night for the pop icon, however.

December 8, 2014

Proceeds from London event benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation

The 41-year friendship between Elton John and Billie Jean King continues to thrive and to raise funds in the fight against AIDS.

Their annual event WTT Smash Hits (WTT stands for World Team Tennis which was founded by King) was held over the weekend in London and raised more than $1 million dollars for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

It was only the second time in the event's history that Smash Hits surpassed $1 million. It has now raised more the $13 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993.

December 3, 2014

Veteran is the first out umpire in the league

Dale Scott has become the first umpire in Major League Basball to come out as gay.

The 29-year veteran also revealed he is married to his partner of 28 year.

Scott told Out Sports in a interview published yesterday (2 December) that he is openly gay in his private life and his colleagues already know his sexual orientation.

'I realized that it could open a Pandora's Box, but this is not a surprise to Major League Baseball, the people I work for. It's not a surprise to the umpire staff,' he said.

December 3, 2014

Tom Daley doing high leg kicks in a swimming pool? What’s not to love?

Britain’s Tom Daley, the Olympic medal-winning diver jumped back into the pool recently to mark the fact that FINA will be allowing men to take part in the Synchronized Swimming World Championships for the first time in 2015.

Daley, aged 20, joined members of Aquabatix, for his first attempt at synchronized swimming – and the results have just been released on youtube.

November 29, 2014

'We literally turned him into a beast… Jake, my god, he’s a very electric, powerful fighter in this movie...'

Jack Twist is getting in the boxing ring.

Jake Gyllenhaal, one of the stars in the love story Brokeback Mountain, is transforming himself for his next project.

November 29, 2014

Openly gay referee Nigel Owens welcomes the banning of those who targeted him ‘I'd tell them to think twice about saying things’

An openly gay UK rugby referee has had the last laugh after two people who were caught shouting homophobic abuse at him were banned from attending matches.

Welsh Nigel Owens, 43, is the first openly gay referee to work at the highest level, and was subjected to anti-gay abuse hurled from the crowd at an England against New Zealand rugby match.

The match took place at Twickenham stadium, in southwest London, on 8 November and supporters alerted officials to the taunts being directed towards Owens.

November 28, 2014

Former Polish president says 'queers are ill as a result of their own wishes'

A street in San Francisco named after a homophobic Polish politician has been rechristened after a local gay hero.

The street sign was replaced on 20 November and now reads Dr Tom Waddell Place, after the man who founded the Gay Games in 1982.

The street already had a transgender clinic in his name.

November 25, 2014

Football Association in UK has groundbreaking trans policy

Britain’s Football Association has today thrown open the door for trans soccer players to be themselves on the pitch at every level in the game.

Most sports, including the International Olympic Committee, openly discriminate against or ban transgender athletes saying they are too masculine or feminine to play on either female or male teams.

But now the FA, long criticized for not doing enough to tackle LGBTI bigotry in soccer, has made a major breakthrough.

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.