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August 6, 2014

'Your sport is what makes up who you are more than your sexuality'

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, reminds closeted athletes that they need to keep their eye on the prize until they are ready to come out.

The 29 year old came out himself four months after he competed in the Olympics and finished 16th. He is one of the official ambassadors for the Gay Games which begin on Friday (8 August) in Cleveland, Ohio.

July 29, 2014

'I’d even had dinner with him a month before it happened and I never knew anything'

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male athlete at the 2008 Summer Olympics, is not even the only out diver at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Also diving is Britain's Tom Daley who came out last year and has since gone public with his relationship with Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Mitcham says he was 'as surprised as anyone else when Daley, 20, posted his coming out video on YouTube.

July 21, 2014

Gay Olympic diver has his fans terrified after his plane dumps its fuel and makes an emergency landing in a Russian city

Olympic gay diver Tom Daley is in Russia after his plane landed there in an emergency.

The 20-year-old Brit landed in Irkutsk, a southeastern city close to the borders of Mongolia.

The athlete snapped a picture of the plane dumping its fuel shortly before it landed on the runway.

While it is impossible to speculate why the aircraft had to make an emergency landing, fuel dumps sometimes occur if the pilot suspects a fire.

Dumping the fuel can also be done to reduce weight.

July 18, 2014

Top female sprinter banned from competing in Commonwealth Games. Raises issue of intersex competitive sport ban

One of India’s top sprinters has been banned from competing in the Commonwealth Games because she has too many male hormones.

While Dutee Chand’s gender identity is not in question, she has too much male testosterone in her body to make it fair for her to compete against other women, sports bosses have claimed.

July 17, 2014

'The way I see it, my responsibility at this moment in history is to stand up for everybody out there who wants nothing more than to be themselves openly'

The NFL's first openly gay player provided the emotional highlight at Wednesday's (16 July) ESPY Awards when he took to the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Sam, 24, called the award named after the late tennis legend and activist 'much bigger than just me.

'This year I had a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself,' Sam told the crowd at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles as he fought back tears.

July 16, 2014

Retired NFL player believes he will never play professionally again after he spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is planning to sue the team for failing to release a report of one of its coaches’ alleged anti-gay remarks.

The athlete is accusing Mike Priefer, a Vikings special-teams coordinator, of using homophobic language and discriminating against him.

He also believes his activism for the LGBTI community was the reason he was dismissed from the team in May last year.

July 13, 2014

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, who announced he is gay on TV interview, is enjoying a wealth of support after his long-awaited coming out 

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has come out of the closet and admitted he is gay, and is now enjoying support from fans, fellow athletes and gay celebrities.

Thorpe, who had consistently denied he is gay, came out in an interview on Australian TV with British broadcaster Micahel Parkisnon (13 July).

‘To everyone who has sent a message of support I sincerely thank you!’ tweeted the five times Olympic gold medallist.

July 12, 2014

Brian Taylor described a football player as a ‘big poofter’ in his live commentary, and despite his apology some are calling for his sacking

An Australian sports commentator has caused outrage after calling an athlete a ‘big poofter’.

Brian Taylor, a former Australian rules footballer and current Australian Football League (AFL) commentator, made the anti-gay slur about footballer Harry Taylor last weekend.

Taylor was shown being carried off the pitch on the shoulders of his team mates to celebrate his 150th game, in a pre-planned segment on Channel 7’s Saturday Night Footy Panel.

Former football star Taylor interrupted with his offensive remark.

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.'

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 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 17, 2014

Columnist and former Apprentice star expects her 10-year-old son is going to be gay because 'he really likes hairdressing'

Former Apprentice star and controversy-seeking columnist Katie Hopkins has set her sights on gay Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Last December, the 19-year-old athlete came out in a YouTube video.

But while Daley received massive support from the public, Hopkins has derided it as ‘really lame’.

Speaking to Varsity, Hopkins said: ‘It was really lame…we all knew he was gay.

‘People love Tom Daley and the people who watch divers [are the] kind of the people who like to read Women’s Weekly’.

May 12, 2014

Cabramatta Two Blues player Grayson Goodwin has been suspended after a homophobic tweet was sent from his Twitter account despite a friend coming forward to confirm he did not send it

Australia’s National Rugby League code has given footballer Grayson Goodwin a 26 week ban from playing over a homophobic tweet which he fears will end his career as an athlete.

The tweet ‘Gay refs shouldn’t be allowed to ref cause they r so s**t [sic]’ was sent from the Cabramatta Two Blues player’s Twitter account but he insists he did not send it.

The tweet appeared during a South Sydney versus West Tigers game on 21 March but Goodwin insists that a friend sent it from his phone while he was using the bathroom.

May 12, 2014

'We were disappointed to read Don’s tweets during the NFL Draft'

The Miami Dolphins, a National Football League franchise, is fining one of its players for a tweet against Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete drafted by the league.

Second-year safety Don Jones was sanctioned an unknown amount for comments he wrote on Twitter about the St. Louis Rams' selection.

May 10, 2014

'In the world of diversity we live in now, I’m honored to be a part of this and I’m excited about his opportunity to help this football team win'

Last night, 10 May, Michael Sam become the first openly gay athlete to be drafted by the National Football League.

The St. Louis Rams made Sam the 249th overall selection.

'I said, ‘Hi, this is Jeff Fisher, you are a Ram—the wait is finally over,' Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher described his phone call to Sam, as reported by the team's website.

May 8, 2014

'We shall exercise our First Amendment rights and shall not stop until the drafting NFL franchise cannot sell a single ticket, jersey or autographed football'

The political consultant, who once proposed legislation requiring National Football League teams to have separate facilities for gay and straight athletes, is now pledging a boycott of any team drafting out defensive lineman Michael Sam.

Jack Burkman claims he's bringing together organizations in 27 US states to protest the team that picks the SEC Defensive linemen of the year.

May 6, 2014

Athlete is 25 years younger than actor who is currently filming the movie Daddy

It was just last month that 22-year-old Derrick Gordon made history by becoming the first openly gay NCAA Division 1 men's college basketball player.

Over the weekend, the University of Massachusetts athlete caused a splash of a different sort when he arrived at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City with 47-year-old actor Gerald McCullouch.

Photos, including one of the two giving each other a kiss on the red carpet, have surfaced including some posted by the pair themselves who clearly had a good time at the high-profile event.

May 1, 2014

Hudson Taylor sits down with GSN after moderating a Out on the Street panel

April 19, 2014

When the Olympic diver came out last year, he received vile homophobic abuse on social media, which has now been used to create his portrait

‘Dirty fag’ and ‘he’s going to hell’ were just some of the insults thrown at Tom Daley when he came out in December 2013.

Now a UK artist has taken all the vile anti-gay slurs aimed at the British Olympic diver and turned them into art.

UK based artist Conor Collins created the portrait of Daley by using all the horrible homophobic names he was called on social media when he revealed his sexuality.

Collins revealed the finished portrait on his Twitter account this week (17 April).

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 7, 2014

Gay Olympic diver is skydiving and bungee jumping in order to spread awareness and raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity - the cancer his father died of in 2011

Gay athlete Tom Daley is one of the top divers in the world and might be dating an Oscar-winner, but he has not given up on wanting to be ‘normal’.

The 19-year-old decided to put his training regime aside to backpack across the world and undertake physical challenges for his new show.

Tom Daley Goes Global… involves him visiting countries where he’s completely unknown with his best pal Sophie Lee.

‘I want to be a normal teenager who spreads their wings and explores different countries and cultures,’ Daley told The Sun’s TV Biz.

April 3, 2014

A 25-year-old athlete is being subjected to vile homophobic abuse online after appearing in a pornographic film where he has gay sex

An Irish footballer is being targeted with a torrent of homophobic abuse online after allegedly appearing in a gay porn video.

The 25-year-old athlete, who plays Gaelic football, is being bombarded with a series of hate messages on Twitter after pictures reportedly of him were published.

The adult film is openly available on a well-known pay-only gay porn site where ‘straight men’ engage in sex acts for cash.

Posted online last month on The Casting Room, a man that appears to be the athlete is interviewed discussing his sexual preferences.

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 20, 2014

Gay NFL prospect releases heartfelt letter on day he returns for pro day

It remains to be seen how Michael Sam will be accepted by the National Football League should the openly gay athlete be drafted by a team later this spring.

But he made clear, in an open letter published on Thursday (20 March) that his experience as a college star at the University of Missouri was a special one.