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July 29, 2014

Kyle Kingsbury shows solidarity with LGBTI community with his choice of underwear

In what turned out to be the final fight of his career, ultimate fighter Kyle Kingsbury made a statement in support of LGBTI equality.

He didn't make it by saying any words - he let his underwear do the talking.

At the weigh in before his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with Patrick Cummins, the 32-year-old Kingsbury dropped his shorts to reveal a pair of briefs with the words 'Legalize Gay' written across his derrière.

July 23, 2014

Last year, Matinée Group’s Circuit Party saw 71,000 people join the fun from around the world. Will 2014 be the year to top it all?

Music lovers from over 50 countries have one big thing in common: A lust for Barcelona's annual Circuit Party by Matinée Group.

From 6 to 17 August this year, Barcelona is set to sizzle with what is being called the world’s biggest gay and lesbian festival (outside of Gay Pride celebrations), as last year’s celebrations attracted over 70,000 party people from around the globe.

July 23, 2014

Athletes will be asked if their sexuality causes problems before specialists are brought in to help them

British gay athletes are to get extra help to overcome the problems they face and win gold at the Olympics and other top contests.

It will start with top-level athletes meeting with LGBTI sports experts to find out if discrimination or keeping their sexuality secret is holding them back.

Then specialists will be brought in to solve the problems they face so they get picked to represent their country and perform their best.

July 14, 2014

Publisher Jon Goldwater: 'He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica ... but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born'

This week's issue of the comic book Life With Archie will include the shocking death of the title character.

Archie will die while protecting his gay friend, Kevin Keller, from an assassin's bullet.

Keller, a military veteran, is the first gay character in the comic book franchise about the students of Riverdale High. The Life With Archie series focuses on the characters of Archie Andrews, Veronica Lodge, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones and Reggie Mantle as adults.

July 10, 2014

The National Gay and Lesbian sports hall of fame in the US has announced a new crop of inductees, and British diving champ Tom Daley is one of them

The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in the US has announced British Olympic diver Tom Daley as one of their 2014 inductees.

Other athletes named on the list alongside Daley are retired NBA player John Amaechi, retired rugby player Gareth Thomas and mixed martial artist Fallon Fox.

The hall of fame aims to ‘recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community.

July 9, 2014

'If not for the strength of athletes like Jason Collins, Michael Sam, and Brian Sims, I would likely still be struggling'

The moment he pushed send on his computer on 4 July, it really was independence day for former college and pro football player Brad Thorson.

He had just published a blog post in which he came out as gay to everyone he knows and plenty of people he didn't know.

'I'm putting it in writing and not looking back,' he wrote. 'I'm gay.'

July 7, 2014

An LGBTI pride march was held in the Bulgarian capital on Saturday with the support of foreign diplomats but had to be diverted after nationalists stopped it approaching the city’s Vasil Levski independence monument

LGBTI rights protesters took to the streets of the Bulgarian capital Sophia for a seventh time on Saturday, calling on lawmakers and churches to respect their rights.

Reports say around a hundred people marched, protected by hundreds more police officers.

The march had originally been scheduled for 21 June, during international Pride Month, but organizers postponed the event out of respect for people who had died during deadly floods that week along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.

July 7, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts won their first match in a professional event against a side from Macquarie University on Sunday as Sydney prepares to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby

The Sydney Convicts gay rugby club beat Macquarie University 30 to 12 in a curtain raiser game before the New South Wales Waratah’s state Rugby Union game against the New Zealand Highlanders on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.

The match was the first time anywhere in the world that a gay rugby club participated in a professional level rugby event, and was held as part of Sydney’s preparations to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby from 24 to 31 August with matches between 15 different countries on the 29th, 30th and 31st.

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.

July 3, 2014

The Sydney Convicts will play in a mainstream rugby competition against Macquarie University at the world famous Allianz Stadium

A team is to make history by becoming the first gay rugby union club to play in a professional match.

The Sydney Convicts will play in a mainstream rugby competition against Macquarie University on Sunday (6 July). Australia’s NSW Waratahs and New Zealand’s Highlanders will also play at Allianz Stadium.

The event is being organized to help end homophobia in sport and across the world.

June 27, 2014

Brazil superstar Neymar is reportedly under investigation for his choice of colorful boxers

FIFA, which declared homophobic chants by Mexico fans at the World Cup to not be a problem, has turned its attention to a far more serious matter.

Brazilian soccer star Neymar was spotted wearing a pair of Blue Man boxers, featuring his country’s yellow and green flag against Cameroon on Monday.

But the only problem is that Blue Man is not a FIFA World Cup sponsor.

According to Brazilian media reports, the 22-year-old soccer superstar is now being investigated by his choice of underwear with FIFA claiming it violates its disciplinary code.

June 23, 2014

Chant has been used during Mexico's games when goalie for opposing team has the ball

Fans of Mexico's World Cup team are free to chant the word 'puto' during games despite it being considered an anti-gay slur by some.

The chant is used to insinuate someone is weak or unmanly and can be heard when the opposing team's goalie has the ball.

June 21, 2014

Mexican soccer coach Miguel Herrera has defended fans using anti-gay slurs at matches, saying it is just part of their participation in the game

The soccer coach of the Mexican World Cup team has defended Mexican fans using gay chants at matches, saying he doesn’t think they are a serious issue.

Miguel Herrera has said he doesn’t think the chants are at all bad, and they are just part of the fans’ participation.

June 20, 2014

Film drama My Last Round sees a prize-winning boxer begin another kind of fight when he falls in love with a young man

A prize-winning boxer finds out he has to fight in a different way when he falls in love with a young man in a small town in Chile.

Spanish language film My Last Round looks at the relationship between a boxing champion Octavio, who has to give up fighting, and the man he falls for, Hugo.

Gay Star News has gotten hold of a short clip of the film to share, where we see the intensity of the attraction between Octavio and Hugo as the pair kiss in the woods.

June 19, 2014

Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Croatia could have their World Cup career in jeapordy over fans' behavior at matches

FIFA has started disciplinary proceedings against four countries after alleged homophobic chants by their fans during their World Cup matches.

In a statement, FIFA said the inquiry was launched after what they described as ‘improper conduct’ by fans from Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Croatia.

At one game, Mexican fans shouted ‘puto’ at games against Cameroon and Brazil. In the latter match, Brazilians then responded by chanting the slur back at Mexico.

June 19, 2014

Mexican soccer fans’ homophobic slurs have been broadcast on ESPN twice at this year’s World Cup and in a match against Brazil, Brazilian fans began shouting them back

The ESPN sports channel allowed the broadcast of homophobic chants by Mexico supporters at the World Cup in Brazil at two matches but says it did not understand what fans were shouting and will seek to stop it from happening again in future.

Mexico supporters began chanting ‘Puto!’ during a game against Cameroon whenever Cameroon’s goal keeper attempted goal kicks, and did it again on Tuesday during a match against Brazil.

In response Brazil fans returned the slur, chanting it as well.

June 12, 2014

Canadian Sochi Games gold medal winner Charline Labonte has come out in an article for OutSports in which she talks about what it was like to be a gay athlete in Russia

Gold medal winning Canadian Ice Hockey goalkeeper Charline Labonte has spoken about her experience at the Sochi Winter Olympics and how great it was that her girlfriend was also on the Canadian team.

In an article for OutSports, Labonte came out publicly for the first time and not only revealed that she is a lesbian but that her girlfriend is speed skater Anastasia Buscis who also competed at Sochi.

June 5, 2014

The Commonwealth Games are inviting 41 countries which criminalize homosexuality to Scotland. We ask bosses if LGBTI issues will be on the agenda

When 70 teams descend on Glasgow on 23 July to compete in sports from athletics to weightlifting there will be an elephant in the room.

A shocking 41 of the 53 countries they will be representing at the 20th Commonwealth Games criminalize homosexuality. Some of them have some of the most draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

Jamaica, Nigeria and Uganda will all be flying the flag and even Brunei, which is introducing stoning to death for gay sex, is invited.

May 28, 2014

Perhaps skiing and swimwear isn’t entirely appropriate, but who says you can't go skiing in the summer? It's quieter, cheaper and sunnier!

While your friends are making a mad dash to claim their ocean side real estate, why not go against the grain and head for the hills?

Summer skiing has been given new life in recent years, as travelers looking for cheap travel deals get to take advantage of unconventional summer activities.

Most summer skiing venues not only have gossip-worthy snowboarding and skiing options, but also accommodate typical summertime activities including biking, rafting and of course hiking.

May 19, 2014

Ultimate Fighting Champion athlete Joseph Benavidez has said he would support a gay competitor in the sport

A US Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) athlete has said he thinks the sport is ready to see a gay champion who can ‘beat the shit out of somebody.’

Joseph Benavidez, who was a UFC Flyweight tournament runner-up in 2012, made the statement when being questioned about gay athletes in the UFC, and whether they would be accepted.

Benavidez said he would welcome a gay athlete into the sport, as it would be a way of breaking down barriers.

‘It would be cool to see a gay guy just beat the shit out of somebody’ he said.

May 19, 2014

'What was he supposed to do? Shake his hand?'

Robin Roberts, the out host of ABC's Good Morning America, doesn't know what the big deal is with Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being selected by the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

April 30, 2014

'It's wonderful to have somebody who's had the courage and strength to do it and to be another face'

Ellen DeGeneres has competition now as the most famous lesbian to be on television each weekday in the US - and she couldn't be happier about it.

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts came out publicly at the end of last year in a Facebook post that thanked her girlfriend of nearly nine years for taking care of her through a life-threatening illness.

'Not everybody wants to be in the spotlight,' Roberts said of her publicity shy girlfriend Amber Laign during an appearance Tuesday (29 April) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

April 25, 2014

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition was first created in the 1950s by President Dwight Eisenhower

Today has been a day of honors for Jason Collins.

The first active National Basketball Association player to come out publicly as gay was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

The Stanford University graduate was also appointed as a member to US President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

April 24, 2014

Last year, the conservative TV personality had said marriage equality was winning because 'the compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals'

Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly credits 'threats and demonization' for helping to put gay marriage 'over the top' in the US.

O'Reilly said in his Fox News Channel show this week that there is 'no more robust debate' over gay marriage and that a 'big shift' has taken place 'because of the threats.'

O'Reilly made the comments in the context of a discussion about former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich losing his job after it was learned that he had donated $1,000 to the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 campaign in 2008.