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May 14, 2015

Activists slam HIV criminalization laws for unfairly targeting black men

A former college wrestler Thursday (14 May) was found guilty of 'recklessly infecting' a man with HIV, attempting to infect another, and exposing three others to the virus.

Michael Johnson, 23, now faces up to 30 years in jail.

A Missouri court heard that the former Lindenwood University student tested positive for HIV in January 2013. He continued to have unprotected sex until he was arrested in October that year after a partner who contracted the virus from went to the police.

April 28, 2015

'We were both a little hesitant to hold hands, not knowing how the rest of the student body would react'

Look at these photos of two gay athletes who attended prom together and try not to smile.

Michael Martin went to his senior prom at The Mussleman High School in West Virginia with Logan Westrope, an athlete from a nearby school.

Martin, an all-state soccer player, came out last fall by slow-dancing with his then-boyfriend at homecoming.

He asked his new boyfriend of four months to prom in March in the parking lot of Chik-fil-A, where Logan works.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

April 6, 2015

'I thought for sure when one of us came out other people in our sports would come out too'

It's been more than two years since US soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out to the world as a gay man.

Later in 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out then NFL-hopeful Michael Sam did the same.

So why have no other pro athletes in any of the major sports followed in their footsteps?

'Honestly, I've asked that same question and had discussions with my teammates and family, and I just don't know the answer,' Rogers tells GQ.

April 1, 2015

Gay athlete, currently competing on Dancing With The Stars, has a 50/50 chance

The first openly gay football player Michael Sam isn't on a team at the moment, but that might be about to change.

Jim Popp, the general manager of the Montreal Alouettes, believes he has a 50/50 shot of signing the player before training starts at the end of May.

The athlete, currently appearing on Dancing With The Stars, has said he is determined to return to the game by any means necessary.

March 13, 2015

Eamonn Coghlan is now rallying support for the gay marriage referendum

Irish senator Eamonn Coghlan found out nine years ago that his then-18-year-old son Michael was gay after a ticket stub for a gay club fell out of his pocket.

'I cried for weeks,' he said. 'The hopes and dreams I had for my son were shattered. I felt guilty, almost as if I was to blame for him being gay.'

The former world champion runner was speaking Thursday (12 March) at a public information meeting organized by the Fine Gael LGBT group. It was the first time he mentioned he had a gay son.

February 28, 2015

'Glad to be a part of the NFL Veteran Free Agent Combine'

Michael Sam, the first out athlete to be drafted by the National Football League, has been picked to participate in the league's first scouting session for veterans.

According to NFL.com, the University of Missouri graduate will be part of next month's Veteran Scouting Combine (22 March).

February 3, 2015

'You've inspired a whole lot of folks here and around the world and we are very proud of you'

President Barack Obama paid tribute to the first openly gay player in the history of Major League Soccer when members of the Los Angeles Galaxy visited The White House on Monday (2 February).

Robbie Rogers, standing with his teammates, smile and nodded his head after Obama's warm words of praise for the player who went public about his sexuality nearly two years ago.

February 2, 2015

'My being out as a gay woman ... way before it was an okay thing to do'

Martina Navratilova won more singles and doubles titles than anyone - female or male - in the history of professional tennis.

While she has a lot of on-court achievements to be proud of, the tennis legend shared during an interview at the Australian Open what she's most proud of achieving off the court.

'My being out as a gay woman,' she said during the tournament where she not only was coaching world number six Agnieszka Radwanska but also did television commentary and presented the winner's trophy to Serena Williams.

January 15, 2015

Finnish Olympian Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out publicly as gay in February of 2014 at the height of his career to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia and he has now been named Sports Role Model of the Year

Finland has recognized its most prominent openly gay athlete as a national sporting role model during an annual sports gala recognizing the best sporting achievements for 2014.

25-year-old Finnish swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out as gay in February to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics in what many said was a brave mood for an athlete at the top of their career.

January 13, 2015

Trying to get pregnant? Anya Sizer, of London Women’s Clinic, offers some words of advice for women who are planning on conceiving or undergoing IVF treatment

A pre-conception diet needs to start long before you see those two magical lines appear on a home pregnancy test.

Most experts suggest that a minimum of three months is needed to get yourself in tip-top condition to provide a healthy environment for your baby to grow.

Even if you already think you follow a healthy diet you could probably benefit from increasing your intake of certain vitamins and minerals. Indeed, one recent study indicates approximately 74% of women are nutrient deficient.

January 8, 2015

'I saw the kiss by Michael Sam.. It made me mad–he kissed a man!

This is not going to win any poetry prizes, unless it's for 'Most Bigoted Entry'.

Evangelist and apparent amateur poet Peter LaBarbera has released a new work attacking gay athlete Michael Sam.

It is titled 'I Saw the Kiss by Michael Sam. It Made Me Mad. He Kissed a Man!' (Hardly 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' is it?).

It is in 'tribute' to the gay athlete when he learned he would become the first openly LGBTI player to be drafted into the NFL.

January 6, 2015

'He used to throw the javelin, now he's throwing is all off'

Gay comic Mario Cantone went off on the entire Kardashian family on Tuesday (6 January) but reserved some of his biggest zingers for Bruce Jenner.

Cantone said the 1976 Olympic gold medalist has morphed from hunky athlete to a 'lumberjack lesbian.'

Appearing as a guest on The Meredith Vieira Show to review 'The Most Annoying Stories of 2014,' Cantone went on a rant about Jenner's changing appearance.

January 4, 2015

From getting ready for Wimbledon to a chicken hat, 2014 was good to Tom Daley

Is there anyone who doesn't want to spend time with Tom Daley?

The Olympic diver seems to have a great time, all the time.

Can you blame him? Great athlete. Cuter than cute. High powered boyfriend. Supportive family and friends.

What isn't there to like?

January 2, 2015

'Griner is a dominant athlete in her sport and able to do it while being 100% out. She rocks'

Brittney Griner's 2014 was close to perfect.

The lesbian center for the Women's National Basketball Association Phoenix Mercury helped her team win a championship.

The two-time All-Star was named the league's defensive player of the year, setting a season record for block shots with 129 total (3.79 per game).

The previous record of 114 was set in 1998.

December 28, 2014

The University of Missouri graduate offers timely media tips for those who see things on television they don't like

Michael Sam will always get love here at GSN. Always and forever.

Being the first out athlete to try to make it in the National Football League is no afternoon tea. However, he's handled the pressure, and press, with more aplomb than most ordering their morning coffee.

The University of Missouri graduate sat down with Oprah Winfrey yesterday, 27 December, in an interview that covered everything, from growing up to why no team has picked him up.

December 11, 2014

'I've held these feelings in for wayyyy too long. Longer than the normal person should hold a secret'

On his Twitter account this week, high school junior Dawson Roscoe tweeted: 'It's almost been 5 months since i came out h o l y d a n g.'

Roscoe, who lives in Casper, Wyoming, is a track and field athlete had decided over the summer to no longer hie the fact that he is bisexual to his family and friends and in the middle of the night, texted them the following remarkable coming out letter.

Hey... it's dawson typing here with a random announcement haha.

November 24, 2014

Gay NFL athlete claims he was treated like a 'stray dog' at the St Louis Rams

Michael Sam has said he would have never come out the way he did.

The first NFL openly gay player says while he has 'no regrets', he would have preferred to keep it between him and his teammates instead of the whole world knowing.

November 19, 2014

'Believe me: Gay players exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally.'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, has retired.

The 35-year-old will announce his retirement from the game at the Barclays Center, New York City, later on today (19 November).

Following his coming out 18 months ago, he was signed with the Brooklyn Nets. When he did this, he made history by being the first active male athlete from any of the four major North American professional team sports to do so.

November 15, 2014

‘I like quietly being part of the LA Galaxy and being just one of the guys (but) I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model'

On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy announced it was extending his contract by two years, Robbie Rogers was the center of attention at a celebrity studded party in West Hollywood celebrating the publication of his new memoir.

The party on Thursday (13 November) drew TV stars Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, NBA player Jason Collins, Academy Awards producer Craig Zaden, singer Lance Bass and Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and former First Lady of California.

September 13, 2014

The Asian Games gold medalist was accused by her live-in partner of rape and impersonating a man in 2012

The Calcutta High Court on Friday exonerated Asian Games gold medalist Pinki Pramanik of charges of rape, assault and cheating by her female live-in partner.

Justice Subrata Talukdar on Friday ordered that all charges against Prinki be quashed and the charge sheet against her also be dropped.

The 28-year-old athlete was charged under sections 376 (rape), 417 (impersonation), 420 (cheating), 325 (assault) and 506 (intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of a lawful marriage), according to local news reports.

September 3, 2014

Openly gay athlete Chris Morgan looks into the challenges faced by Michael Sam as he is dropped by the St Louis Rams

Early predictions were for Michael Sam to be drafted in the 3rd or 4th round of the NFL Draft during the close season. As time wore on Michael would have become more nervous about whether he would be drafted at all and who he would end up playing for. As history now states he was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

August 16, 2014

'I became the happiest person on this earth'

Women’s National Basketball Association star Brittney Griner announced, on Instagram, her engagement to fellow WNBA athlete Glory Johnson.

'Last night was a night to remember,' Griner wrote under a photo of her on one knee, in front of a sitting Johnson.

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.