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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.

March 15, 2014

During a discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson’s CrossFit lawsuit, panelist says ‘she’s got all guy muscles, and the juices! You know, I’m not a doctor or anything but inside her that’s all there’

Wendy Williams has become the latest US television personality to offend the transgender community after hosting a panel segment discussing transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson.

Jonsson, a personal trainer from California, has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against fitness company CrossFit for alleged discriminatory practices.

She claims CrossFit denied her the chance to participate in the women’s division of the upcoming CrossFit Games on the grounds that she was ‘born as a male’.

March 7, 2014

Carmen Carrera: 'When you remove your testicles ... that is it. You are no longer a male and you don’t produce testosterone'

RuPaul's Drag Race alum Carmen Carrera is slamming the CrossFit Games for not allowing transgender athlete Chloie Jonnson compete as a female in their competition.

March 7, 2014

From boxing to poker, these lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are making a name for themselves not only as out athletes but by dominating in their sport

To celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow (8 March) we are going to take a moment to appreciate the achievements of seven incredible LGBTI sportswomen.

From Hollywood to the Olympics, a public figure’s sexuality has made headlines and broken careers. Arguably the 21st century has seen some progress, but there is certainly a long way to go.

We look at seven athletes who in one fell swoop are blazing trails both for women in sport and LGBTI athletes.

March 7, 2014

Says defendant:  'Our decision has nothing to do with ignorance or being bigots - it has to do with a very real understanding ... of fundamental biology'

Transgender athlete Chloie Jonnson has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against the CrossFit Games, a competition billed as the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth.

Johnson filed suit after being told she would have to compete as a man in the competition which has been held annually since 2007.

Johnson underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2006 and is legally recognized as a woman in the state of California where she lives. She is 5 feet, four inches tall and weighs 151 pounds.

March 4, 2014

At the end of the second contract, the Brooklyn Nets are required to sign Collins, if they want to keep him, for the remainder of the season

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will get another 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

The athlete made history late last month by becoming the first out player in the National Basketball Association. His initial contract expires today (4 March) and , as reported by Yahoo Sports, the Nets will offer a second one tomorrow (5 March).

February 28, 2014

Judi Shepard describes league's first openly gay player as 'very kind, smart, humble'

The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard met with Jason Collins on Thursday (27 February) after the NBA's first openly gay player played his second game for the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins, in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Nets that could be extended, wore a #98 jersey in memory of Shepard who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.

February 23, 2014

Collins played for the Brooklyn Nets, when the team was in New Jersey, for seven years

Out basketball player Jason Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

He now is the first openly gay athlete in the history of the National Basketball Association.

According to Yahoo Sports, the 35-year-old will be ready when the team meets for a game today, 23 February, against the Los Angeles Lakers.

February 19, 2014

Althete who caused controversy when she got a cuddle from Putin takes home silver in the women's 5,000 meters

Dutch bisexual athlete Ireen Wüst has won her fourth medal of the Sochi Olympic Games.

The Netherlands speedskater took home silver in the women’s 5000 meters today (19 February).

This means she will be one of the most awarded athletes in this year’s Olympics, a Games overshadowed by the homophobic legislation of Russia.

Wüst was expected to take the top spot of the 5,000 meters after she set an impressive time of 6 minutes, 54.28 seconds.

February 16, 2014

With today's silver, Wüst now has a total of six Winter Olympic medals

Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands has won her third medal at the Sochi Winter Games.

The out bisexual took silver in the women's 1,500 meters, held in Adler Arena.

Her time, as reported by AFP, was 0.58 seconds off the winning time. Taking gold was fellow Dutch athlete Jorien ter Mors, with a time of 1 minute and 53.51 seconds.

Lotte van Beek, also from the Netherlands, won bronze at 1 minute and 54.54 seconds.

February 16, 2014

The Principle 6 campaign fights against Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws

The struggle for LGBTI equality in Russia has a new ally.

Pop singer Rihanna posted on her Twitter and Instagram accounts a black and white photo of her wearing a P6 hat.

February 12, 2014

Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says she hopes to create positive conversation surrounding the outrage over the Russia Winter Olympics

Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz became the first openly gay athlete to medal at Russia’s Winter Games yesterday (11 February).

She came second in the first ever women’s ski jump competition at the Olympics.

Iraschko-Stolz actually jumped the furthest in the final, flying through their air on her second jump for 104.5m (343 feet).

But the gold was awarded to German Carina Vogt after the Austrian’s points score was calculated to accommodate an advantage she had in wind speed.

February 11, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally congratulated bisexual Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust with a ‘cuddle’ during a party that was held to celebrate her gold medal win

The first LGBTI athlete to win a gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics has been personally congratulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin and she says he gave him a cuddle.

Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust has been billed by much of the media as ‘the first openly gay gold medalist’ at the Sochi Games but she identifies as bisexual and has had relationships with both men and women.

February 10, 2014

Canadian Olympian's site unavailable in Russia, potentially for gay material

Straight Canadian Olympian Justin Kripps is accusing Russia of censoring his website for allegedly violating gay propaganda laws.

The bobsledder used his site to keep fans updated on his activities, but after arriving in Sochi and trying to log on, he found himself blocked.

Three weeks ago, a topless picture of him and his teammates went viral online for obvious reasons. Blogger Andrew Sullivan declared them the 'beards of the week'.

A translation of the error message came up and gave three possible reasons for access being refused.

February 9, 2014

Dutch ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz has said she thinks the focus on Russia’s anti-gay laws are a fuss over nothing

Lesbian Olympic ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz thinks that the fuss over gay rights in Russia is being blown out of proportion.

The 30-year-old, who is representing Austria at Sochi, spoke to reporters about her experiences in Russia so far.

‘I think everything is being blown up bigger than it is. I had a very good welcome like every other athlete. There were absolutely no problems’ she said.

Iraschko-Stolz, who won a gold medal in 2007, said she only wants to talk about competing.

February 7, 2014

Dutch snowboarder Cheryl Maas says it was not an intended protest, but could have been unconscious as she's 'rebellious'

A gay Olympian has raised her fist while wearing a rainbow glove, with many saying it was a symbol to show support for LGBTI Russians.

Cheryl Maas, a snowboarder from the Netherlands, failed to get to the finals of the slopestyle event at the Olympic Games yesterday (6 February).

In the qualifying event, the gay athlete placed ninth and only the first four could go through to the final.

After her two runs, she appeared to punch at the camera while wearing a rainbow glove.

February 2, 2014

'I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others'

Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen has come out in hopes attention will be paid to Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws.

'I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others,' Liukkonen told Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

February 1, 2014

50 Olympians past and present have signed a global petition calling on Russia to stop its crack down on LGBT people that is fueling anti-gay violence in the country

Some 52 Olympians including Sochi competitors and former medalists have signed onto a statement to call on Russia to reconsider recently introduced anti-gay laws that forbid "gay propaganda" aimed at minors. Gay pride marches and protests in support of gay rights have routinely been banned in all Russian cities in the past, and activists attempting to hold rallies are often detained by police.

January 31, 2014

Gay athlete and Willie Robertson were seated less than 20 feet from each other but 'they were moving him from one Republican to another Republican'

One of the most famous openly gay athletes in the US sat less 20 feet away from the son of one of the most famous anti-gay reality TV personalities in the country during this week's State of the Union address.

But Jason Collins, an NBA veteran, and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame did not get a chance to exchange any words.

'We passed each other in the hall and that was about it,' Collins tells TMZ. 'They were moving him from one Republican to another Republican [for photos].'

January 29, 2014

Irish hurler Connor Cusack has followed his gay athlete brother Donal Og Cusack in coming out about his relationships with other men – though he says his relationships with women have been sincere and genuine

Former Cork hurler Connor Cusack has followed his gay athlete brother Donal Og Cusack in coming out about his sexuality – though he has avoided using a label for it.

Donal Og became the first professional Irish sports person to come out as gay in 2009 and Connor won praise for going public with his struggle with depression last year.

However he says that he has always been comfortable about his sexuality and that it wasn’t the reason for his depression.

January 27, 2014

The openly gay US former basketball star Jason Collins will be among the First Lady's guests at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech, leading some to believe the president will highlight his campaign's successes with regards to LGBTI rights

Gay US basketball star Jason Collins, 35, is one of the guests selected to sit with Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on 28 January.

Collins made history as the first male athlete to come out as gay while playing for a major US team sport in April 2013.