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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 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.

February 7, 2014

Berliners have lit a Rainbow Flame of hope for LGBTI Russians in an alternative Olympic opening ceremony

Berliners have lit a Rainbow Flame in an alternative Olympics opening ceremony to highlight anti-LGBTI abuses in Russia.

The unique project will see the gay flame burn throughout the Winter Olympics in Sochi, tended by a team of volunteers from the new Enough is Enough organization.

Around 1,000 people packed out Potsdamer Platz for the lighting ceremony which finished in the last few minutes.

December 19, 2013

'I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance'

Brian Boitano, selected by President Barack Obama to be a part of the US delegation at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, has announced that he is gay.

Bointano is the 1988 Olympic figure skating gold medalist and joins Billie Jean King as an openly gay representative for the US in a country where an anti-gay propaganda law makes it illegal to speak openly in support of homosexuality.

'I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am,' Boitano stated.

October 5, 2013

Peaceful protest in front of the Acropolis Museum as the Olympic Flame begins its journey to Sochi

Approximately 30 people had a peaceful protest during the Olympic torch ceremony in Athens.

The group stood on the steps of the Acropolis Museum during a Olympic torch ceremony. The flame was on its way to the Panathenaic Stadium, where it was officially handed to the organizers of the Winter Games in Sochi.

September 5, 2013

Outgoing president Jacques Rogge has said they are considering Yelena Isinbayeva's role as an ambassador after her anti-gay comments

The Olympics president has admitted he is powerless to stop the anti-gay laws during the Sochi Winter Games.

Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee’s outgoing president, has said the world organization can do little to nothing.

Speaking in Buenos Aires, he said: ‘We have received some oral and written assurances about the fact the Russian Federation will respect the Olympic charter and no negative effect will occur for people attending in or participating in the Games.

August 20, 2013

The International Olympic Committee needs to show its commitment to both helping Russia’s LGBT community through the Sochi Winter Olympics and tackling homophobia in sport

As the approach of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games raises attention to the official and unofficial homophobia of host country Russia, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) responses, or lack thereof, are increasingly disturbing.

Despite the rising calls for action, the IOC has remained impervious to appeals to work together to identify the problem and propose solutions.

July 31, 2013

'We know that LGBT athletes are not alone in being revolted by these laws and the behavior of Russian authorities'

A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.

July 31, 2013

'We know that LGBT athletes are not alone in being revolted by these laws and the behavior of Russian authorities'

A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.

July 27, 2013

HRC's Chad Griffin says 'verbal assurances from the Russian government ... are not enough'

The International Olympic Committee is saying gay athletes and visitors apparently have nothing to fear come the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

The IOC says it has received ‘assurances from the highest level’ from Russia’s government that athletes and visitors would be exempt from the country’s anti-gay laws.

But not everyone is so sure.

Fred Sainz, vice president for communications of leading US organization Human Rights Campaign, says: ‘Unfortunately platitudes won’t do away with these heinous laws that are an abomination to LGBT people.

June 18, 2013

'This is what the universe had in store for both of us'

Greg Louganis is planning to dive into marriage this fall.

The openly gay Olympic legend, widely considered the greatest diver in the history of his sport, has announced his engagement to Johnny Chaillot.

'I finally met my soul mate,' Louganis tells 'The more I fall in love with Johnny, the more I fall in love with myself. This is what the universe had in store for both of us.'

April 29, 2013

Lesbian broadcaster's coverage of the London Olympics and Paralympics has earned her a special award for television

Lesbian broadcaster Clare Balding is to receive a special award for reporting on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games at this year’s BAFTAs.

She is to be presented with an achievement award for factual presenting.

The BAFTA committee commended her work saying Balding has become a national treasure.

December 17, 2012

The equality fight in sport is not over - gay men continued to be excluded from synchronized swimming

At the London 2012 summer Olympics, there were only two sports that discriminated on the basis of gender - men were not allowed to compete in either the rhythmic gymnastics or the synchronized swimming competitions.

At the time there was quite a bit of media interest in the gender-discrimination aspect of these sports, but has anything changed? What next for campaigners?

August 12, 2012

How a geeky gay boy became a sports hero and is now spearheading the bid to provide an LGBT legacy from the London 2012 Olympics

I'm in my mid-40s. School sports on the rugby fields of Wales was not inspiring for a young gay boy, slightly geeky and the shortest in the class. Games lessons would start with the humiliating ceremony of the two sportiest jocks being selected by the PE teacher, and they would pick off, one by one, the fittest lads for their teams. I would always be left until last – which meant I wasn't even chosen at all.

August 7, 2012

Gay pop star George Michael to join One Direction and Spice Girls at Olympic Closing Ceremony

British gay pop star George Michael is to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday (12 August).

Michael has just confirmed the rumors that he will take part in the ceremony, which sees the extinguishing of the Olympic flame, on Twitter.

He told Twitter followers: ‘Spending most of the next week rehearsing like crazy for the Olympic Closing Ceremony.’

July 27, 2012

Back on Board chronicles his winning gold at Seoul Olympics while secretly HIV positive

As a high school student, Greg Louganis won a silver medal in diving at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Then eight years later in Los Angeles, he won two gold medals.

But it is his performance in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul that made him an Olympic diving legend. He hit his head on the diving board during the springboard preliminaries, required stitches, but still managed to come back and win gold medals in that event and in the platform diving.

July 20, 2012

Gay sports clubs in London invite LGBT people to come to a free taster session during Out For Sport Week

With just one week before the Olympics begin in the UK capital, LGBT Londoners are being called on to embrace the spirit of the games and join a gay sports club.

Out For Sport Week will run in between the Olympic and Paralympic Games, from 13 to 19 August, and aims to encourage more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to get involved with sport.

OutPlay Squash, Hackney Women’s Football Club, London Frontrunners, KB Kickboxing and Out to Swim are among the 18 clubs offering free taster sessions during the week.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.

July 19, 2012

Activist Peter Tatchell slams IOC for 'ignoring' his calls for countries to sign equality pledge or face a ban from the games

Olympics bosses have been slammed as ‘all talk and no action’ after ‘ignoring’ calls to ban countries which discriminate against LGBT people in sport from taking part in the games.

In a response to Gay Star News, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) claimed ‘any unsporting behavior’ would be a ‘serious breach’ of the event’s charter.

July 16, 2012

LOCOG supports gay sports event in UK capital during London 2012 Olympic Games

Olympics organizers have backed a gay sports event in London, saying they see it as part of the games' 'legacy'.

Pride House, a gay venue for Olympic athletes, spectators, tourists, families and friends, was given the official support of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in a letter from LOCOG chief executive Paul Deighton.

June 29, 2012

LGBT sports and athletics teams are to hold taster sessions during the Olympics period to attract new members as part of Out For Sport Week

London’s LGBT sports and athletics teams are hoping to attract greater interest in sport through a series of ‘taster sessions’ between the Olympics closing ceremony and the Paralympic Games.

The event will run from 15 to 19 August.

Sports on offer to anyone include, football, hockey, kickboxing, martial arts, running, sailing, swimming, synchronised swimming, tennis and water polo. Out For Sport Week is also working to include teams of rugby, volleyball, softball and rowing.

June 10, 2012

Out athlete Josh Dixon will participate in US Olympics Trials

Josh Dixon is one step closer to participating in London's Summer Olympics.

The US gymnast came in 13th at this weekend's Visa Championship. That means he qualifies for the Olympics Trials, to be held in his hometown of San Jose, California. He will be battling for one of the six sport for Team USA. The competition will be held from June 28 to July 1.

May 16, 2012

Concerns that LGBT contribution will be ‘invisible’ at 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London

London’s Olympics are a ‘missed opportunity’ and a ‘failure’ for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visibility, say campaigners.

And an investigation by Gay Star News indicates a lack of clarity by London’s Olympic bosses about diversity, with no stated plans to give LGBT people a visible presence at the games.

May 16, 2012

GSN investigates what London’s Olympic organizers have done to involve LGBT people, give them a presence at the games and leave a legacy for gay sport

‘Hard to spot and easy to miss,’ that’s veteran activist Peter Tatchell’s take on the LGBT presence at the London Olympics.

If he’s right, it’ll be a sad irony. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people seem to have been integral to winning the games for London (diversity was a key part of the bid to the International Olympic Committee) and gay individuals and businesses will also play a big role in delivering the games.