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June 9, 2014

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo replaces Ivan Lendl

When Andy Murray returns to Wimbledon in two weeks to try and defend the title he won there in 2013, he will do so under the guidance of a new coach: Amelie Mauresmo.

Mauresmo, 34, came out publicly as a lesbian in 1999, the year she made the final of the Australian Open as a teenager.

The Frenchwoman went on to reach the number one ranking in 2004 and again in 2006 when she won both the Wimbledon and Australian Open singles titles.

April 6, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith said Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s support for gay marriage is partly to blame for the expenses row backlash from ‘bitter’ Conservative MPs

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith claimed calls from Conservative MPs for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked in the wake of her recent expenses row are partly due to her support for equal marriage.

Miller, the minister responsible for the same-sex marriage bill that came into force last weekend, wrongly claimed £90,000 for her tax-payer funded second home in Wimbledon, which was also home to her parents.

March 11, 2014

Tennis legend says reports that she will be on Celebrity Appearance are false

News began to pop up on several websites Monday (10 March) that tennis legend Martina Navratilova was going to compete on the next season of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.

In response to a query about it from Gay Star News, the nine-time Wimbledon singles champion tweeted that this is not true.

'No, I am not doing The Apprentice,' Martina tweeted. 'False report.'

December 18, 2013

Says tennis legend: 'I want our sport to always lead. I don’t want us to be catching up'

Shortly before it was announced that Billie Jean King would be part of the official delegation representing the US at the 2014 Olympics in Russia, the tennis legend spoke out about gay and lesbian athletes coming out.

While female tennis stars such as King and fellow Wimbledon champions Martina Navratilova, Amelie Mauresmo and Conchita Martinez have been public about being lesbians, no male pro has ever come out as gay.

July 22, 2013

Nearly 50,000 gay men, including Oscar Wilde, will not receive a pardon when the Enigma codebreaker and World War 2 hero receives his later this year

Alan Turing, known as the father of computer science, the codebreaker that helped win World War 2, and the man tortured by the state for being gay, is to receive a pardon nearly 60 years after his death.

On Friday (19 July), the government said they were prepared to support a backbench bill pardoning the war hero.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, a government whip, said the third reading of the Alan Turing (statutory pardon) bill will take place at the end of October.

July 11, 2013

Vicar accuses police of being 'manipulated by homosexuals' after authorities arrested an American evangelist in Wimbledon

A London priest has said you can quit being gay like you can with smoking cigarettes or using drugs.

Peter Ratcliff, a vicar of St John’s Church of England in Colliers Wood, south-west London, came to an American evangelist’s aid after his arrest last week.

Last week, Tony Miano was held for around six hours after he preached homosexuality was a sin on Wimbledon streets as the international tennis event took place.

July 4, 2013

Police and preacher go head-to-head in a verbal rally that ends in the anti-gay extremist serving time in a police station

An extremist homophobic Christian preacher was arrested for calling gay people ‘sinners’ during the international tennis event Wimbledon.

Tony Miano, 49, an American evangelist, was held for around six hours in a police station after ranting about ‘sexual immorality’ on the south-west London street.

June 3, 2013

Britain’s House of Lords is debating same-sex marriage equality. Lord Indarjit Singh says by same logic, Muslims should be allowed polygamy

A Sikh member of Britain’s House of Lords has said it would be illogical to allow gay marriage and not polygamy.

Sikh Lord Indarjit Singh of Wimbledon was speaking in the debate in the upper chamber of the British parliament while it debates the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales today (3 June).

He said the bill created the ‘deliberate masking’ of difference.

And he said: ‘Most people have opposite-sex partnerships, giving birth to children and nurturing them.’

May 27, 2013

'Jason Collins hopefully will get some new endorsements because he’s come out and shown how courageous and brave he is'

Tennis legend Billie Jean King is proud of NBA player Jason Collins for coming out and she hopes he will be able to cash in commercially in a way she was not able to.

'I know Jason Collins hopefully will get some new endorsements because he’s come out and shown how courageous and brave he is,' King tells USA Today.

May 21, 2013

Lesbian tennis superstar Martina Navratilova to launch week of events. Summer Rites music festival added. Gala dinner with London mayor

Bosses of Pride in London have given the green light to this year’s event having reached key fundraising and volunteer recruitment milestones.

Until this moment, it was theoretically possible the event would be canceled.

But now Pride in London has announced this year’s festival will go ahead with a week of celebrations, a full parade through the center of the UK capital, a rally in Trafalgar Square and a party in the gay district of Soho.

May 15, 2013

London Catholic school denies calling a gay rights charity for help after a five-year-old called a student's shoes 'gay'

Stonewall has denied advising a Catholic school on student's 'gay' shoes.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Wimbledon, south-west London, called on Stonewall to help students and teachers about dealing with homophobia.

May 2, 2013

Tennis legend came out as a lesbian 33 years ago while at the peak of her career

Since no other male professional athlete in the US had come out during their playing careers, NBA player Jason Collins had to look back at a female superstar who did it 33 years ago.

That is Martina Navratilova who in 1981 came out publicly at the age of 23. She had two Wimbledon singles crown to her credit at the time and would go on to win 16 more grand slam singles titles as an openly gay athlete.

March 20, 2013

The 17-year-old, who allegedly said he 'had to be with a boy', is accused of sexually assaulting a boy in 2010

A British television actor is accused of raping a 14-year-old boy in an effort to prove to his girlfriend he was bisexual.

The actor, then 15, insisted he had to ‘be with a boy’ as he allegedly forced a fellow stage school pupil to perform oral sex on him at a London theater in 2010.

During the second day of the trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, the jury heard the defendant had forced the 14-year-old into a stairwell and raped him in front of his girlfriend.

Both the accused actor and alleged victim cannot be identified for legal reasons at this time.

January 10, 2013

A gay couple claim they were barred from entering a ‘couples only’ night at a London bar because of their sexuality

A gay couple said they were denied entry by the Edward's bar, on Hartfield Road, Wimbledon, London after a bouncer told them it was ‘couples-only’.

The incident happened around 11pm on Friday, 4 January, they explained to the bouncer they were a couple but entry was nevertheless denied and they were told they were not accompanied by women.

July 17, 2012

Martina Navratilova among those condemning the man's behavior during LGBT Pride weekend

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has sent a letter to New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn blasting the city's horse-drawn carriage industry over an incident that occurred during LGBT Pride Weekend last month.

Navratilova, who was recently at Wimbledon as a TV commentator and player in the senior doubles, wrote on behalf of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

July 5, 2012

Lesbian tennis hero Navratilova also talks about coming out, homophobia in sport, Margaret Court and global LGBT rights

Lesbian tennis superstar Martina Navratilova has given Gay Star News her prediction of who will win Wimbledon.

We caught up with the greatest female tennis star in history ahead of her appearance at the Out and Equal global LGBT workplace summit in London this morning (5 July).

And before we heard her interview in the conference room about tackling homophobia on the sports field and in the boardroom, we asked the question tennis fans around the world need to know: Who will win Wimbledon this year.

July 5, 2012

Misheard words from a Wimbledon commentator have sparked online complaints from David Ferrer and Andy Murray fans

Wimbledon fans are complaining after mistakenly hearing a commentator saying 'gay points' today (5 July). 

Retired tennis professional and current television presenter Andrew Castle was covering the match between David Ferrer and Andy Murray, and is being accused of homophobic comments by viewers. 

After Murray returned a ball into the net, Castle said Ferrer had delivered 'three manly points', and there were now 'a couple of game points, with just a little bit of moisture in the air'. 

March 28, 2012

Tennis legend remains upbeat after being first to be voted off

Martina Navratilova will have to be content with her nine Wimbledon singles trophies because she won’t be adding the Dancing With the Starsmirror ball trophy to her collection of prizes.

The tennis icon was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the ABC reality competition after a poor performance of the Jive with professional dance partner Tony Dovolani.

December 9, 2011

Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King slam Margaret Court for her efforts to block same-sex marriage in Australia

Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King both faced Margaret Court on the opposite side of the net during their playing days and now find themselves opposing the Australian again - this time on the issue of gay marriage.

Court, winner of three Wimbledons and a record 24 grand slam singles titles overall, is senior pastor in Perth’s Victory Life Church and is speaking out against efforts in Australia to legalize same-sex marriage.