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November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

October 4, 2014

The former world champion, who appeared in Mark Wahlberg's No Mercy music video in 1995 as himself, is said to be a 'surprising' but 'perfect' person to emerge as a gay rights advocate in conservative Poland

'I am an ally of LGBT people, because I want to live in a country where my gay friends are not discriminated against,' declared Dariusz Michalczewski, a world-famous pugilist, in a photo to support a prominent gay rights group, Shoulder to Shoulder on Equality — LGBT and Friends in Poland.

September 10, 2014

Video footage has emerged of Nick Jonas, of Jonas Brothers fame, showing off his abs while on stage at a New York gay club night

Perhaps it’s part of a campaign to put his squeaky-clean boy band pop days behind him, but Nick Jonas is currently determined to show himself off as a more grown-up actor and musician.

Not only does the 21-year-old appear in the role of a boxer in this Fall’s gritty TV series, Kingdom [pictured], but on Sunday he appeared on stage at a gay night in New York to help promote his new single, ‘Jealous’.

June 20, 2014

Film drama My Last Round sees a prize-winning boxer begin another kind of fight when he falls in love with a young man

A prize-winning boxer finds out he has to fight in a different way when he falls in love with a young man in a small town in Chile.

Spanish language film My Last Round looks at the relationship between a boxing champion Octavio, who has to give up fighting, and the man he falls for, Hugo.

Gay Star News has gotten hold of a short clip of the film to share, where we see the intensity of the attraction between Octavio and Hugo as the pair kiss in the woods.

January 29, 2014

Argentine Ana Esteche, who has just won the light welterweight title fight, announces she is very happy in a relationship with a woman

The world of professional boxing now has two openly gay athletes as part of its ranks. And the best part? They’re dating.

Argentine boxer Ana Laura Esteche was victorious in the title fight World Boxing Association for the light welterweight.

After she defeated three-time defending champion Monica Silvina Acosta in Sam Clemente del Tuyú, she thanked her trainers, her mother-in-law and ‘my woman’.

January 7, 2014

Celebrity Big Brother and former boxer's son has come to his defense, saying Holyfield has a gay brother-in-law who he treats like a 'human being'

Former boxer Evander Holyfield’s son is fighting back and defending his dad’s homophobia, saying he is not a bigot.

The former heavyweight champion, currently in the Big Brother house, is being heavily criticized after describing homosexuality as a ‘choice’.

He also compared it to a disability – saying it could be ‘fixed’.

But his son says Holyfield has a gay brother-in-law, who he treats like a ‘human being’.

January 6, 2014

Big Brother bosses disciplined the former world heavyweight after he compared being gay to being handicapped and said it could be 'fixed'

Former boxing champ Evander Holyfield has shocked viewers for saying gay people ‘ain’t normal’

The 51-year-old, who is currently appearing on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother, was disciplined by the British reality show bosses.

The comments happened after The Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman asked Holyfield if any boxing stars had ever come out as gay.

‘I think it's really bad that no one stands up and says it in the sports industry,’ she said.

January 1, 2014

The African and diaspora communities have failed to follow in their hero’s footsteps when it comes to LGBTI people

The passing of Nelson Mandela saw mourning around the world – LGBTI activists across the globe, myself included, were among the first to give thanks for his unwavering support on behalf of our civil rights.

During his time as president, Mandela, oftentimes affectionately referred to by his Xhosa clan name ‘Madiba’, or as ‘Tata’ (father) – modeled for the world what an LGBTI-inclusive democracy entailed.

December 18, 2013

New LGBTI group Black Rainbow has formed to address prejudice inside Australia’s Indigenous community after a leading aboriginal sportsman attacked homosexuality as not being part of his culture

A group to combat homophobic prejudice against LGBTI people in Australia’s Indigenous community has been formed in response to Australian boxer Anthony Mundine saying being gay was incompatible with Indigenous culture.

Black Rainbow describes itself as a group of, ‘strong and fabulous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, sistergirl (transgender) and queer people who would like to highlight our existence and the positive roles we undertake in our communities.’

November 18, 2013

Cruz is 'giving thanks to my heavenly father for one more day of life and with [my] husband'

Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer in history, is a married man.

Cruz and José Manuel Colón were married over the weekend in New York's Central Park.

The ceremony was officiated by New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and the witnesses were Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Shirley Casiano, according to Washington Blade.

November 1, 2013

Aboriginal Australian boxer Anthony Mundine has said that homosexuality is incompatible with Indigenous culture in reaction to a gay Aboriginal character appearing on TV

Middleweight champion Boxer Anthony Mundine has lashed out at the inclusion of a gay Indigenous Australian character in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) TV series Redfern Now, saying homosexuality is incompatible with Aboriginal culture.

‘Watching Redfern now and they promoting homosexuality!’ Mundine posted to Facebook.

‘Like it's ok in our culture… That ain't in our culture and our ancestors would have [their] head for it! Like my dad told me GOD made ADAM & EVE not Adam & Steve.’

October 13, 2013

The Puerto Rican featherweight dedicated tonight's fight to Emile Griffith, a boxer from the 1960s

Orlando Cruz, the first out gay professional boxer, lost his bid for the featherweight crown.

According to The Guardian, it was a knock out in the seventh round.

'An overhead right to the head followed by a left uppercut knock Cruz down by the ropes,' the paper wrote.

October 11, 2013

Gay Star News takes a look at the world's only professional gay boxer as he is hours away from becoming one of the world's only LGBT solo sport champions

Orlando Cruz, the world’s only openly gay professional boxer, is hours away from making history.

The Puerto Rican featherweight will take to the ring to face former champ Orlando Salido at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas tonight (12 October).

The 32-year-old, ranked the number four featherweight by the World Boxing Organization, said when he came out in October last year.

‘I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself.

October 10, 2013

Globally famous gay boxer Orlando Cruz wears rainbow themed colored shorts to highlight LGBT issues in his upcoming world featherweight title match

Orland Cruz, the first openly gay boxer to come out, will wear rainbow-colored shorts and pink gloves for the featherweight world title.

He squares off against Orlando Salido at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Cruz will carry the LGBT equality rights on his clothing with him into the ring on Saturday (12 October).

If he wins he will be the first openly-gay world champion in boxing history.

October 8, 2013

Willam from RuPaul's Drag Race holds nothing back as she tells Gay Star News the one thing she couldn't swallow in Australia, and what she sticks right into her mouth the moment she lands in LA

After stealing our hearts (and our innocence) as the first drag queen to get disqualified and kicked off RuPaul's Drag Race, Willam is not one to 'Ru-pologize,' and we love her for it.

No stranger to TV before Drag Race, Willam boasts multiple TV credits, including as the transsexual Cherry Pick on the TV drama Nip/Tuck and a back-up dancer in Rihanna's S&M music video.

September 25, 2013

Out boxer will fight for featherweight title next month

Openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz knows he isn't the only one.

The 32 year old, who came out publicly earlier this year and is engaged to be married, is the first professional boxer to be open about his sexuality during his career.

'Never have other fighters talked with me (about being gay). But I think there are other boxers who are gay but they are scared,' Cruz told reporters this week in Manhattan.

August 14, 2013

'I want you to be part of my life and me be part of yours'

Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer, is engaged.

Cruz chose to propose to boyfriend Jose Manuel by posting a video on Facebook Wednesday (14 August) morning.

In it he says in part: 'I know you are a person that means a lot to me and that supports my career and respects it which is very important, but above all is always there giving me that push that I need.'

August 7, 2013

Lawmaker says he does not know why LGBT people are complaining about the 'gay propaganda' law as same-sex relations are not illegal

Former boxer and a current Russian lawmaker has delivered a knock-out punch to hopes gay athletes and tourists will be free from arrest at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Nikolai Valuev has echoed other Russian politicians by saying the ‘gay propaganda’ will be enforced.

According to Gay Russia, as translated by Gay Star News, he said: ‘The law is above any Olympic committee and will be applied to violators without fail’.

The deputy added: ‘I do not know what [gay] people want? They’re free to do what they want. We do not criminalize homosexuality.’

July 24, 2013

In his later years, bisexual boxer Emile Griffith suffered from dementia

Emile Griffith, the bisexual boxer who tragically killed a man in a title bout, died today (23 June). He was 75.

According to the New York Times the cause of death was kidney failure and complications of dementia.

June 19, 2013

World's only openly gay professional boxer has the chance to become the number one featherweight

Orlando Cruz, the world’s only openly gay professional boxer, is one fight away from making gay history.

The Puerto Rican featherweight will take to the ring to face former champ Orlando Salido.

Last Saturday (16 June), Boxing Scene reports how Mexican boxer Miguel García was stripped of his world featherweight title when he failed to make weight.

The vacant title is now up for grabs as the World Boxing Organization has ordered a fight to decide who will become the new number one.

June 15, 2013

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis will premiere composer's Terence Blanchard's Champion, the story of bisexual fighter Emile Griffith

The life of Emile Griffith, the bisexual boxer who killed an opponent, is now an opera.

In 1962 March, Griffith fought welterweight champion Benny 'The Kid' Paret in a nationally televised bout. At the weigh-in, the champion whispered an anti-gay slur in the challenger's ear.

At the time, Griffith's sexuality was whispered about, he was a regular at gay bars near Times Square, but most accepted the straight script offered by handlers.

May 2, 2013

First openly gay active boxer has sounded off on the first openly gay active basketball player, saying 'we are making history'

March 17, 2013

The Puerto Rican featherweight thanks ‘his LGBT community’ after defeating Mexican boxer Aaron Martinez 

Openly gay pro boxer Orlando Cruz has won his second match since coming out as a gay athlete.

Yesterday evening at a scheduled match in Florida, Orlando ‘The Phenomenon’ Cruz defeated Aaron ‘The Bomber’ Martinez in a 6th-round technical knock-out.

Cruz has amassed a massive gay and straight following since coming out last October.

In the ring Cruz wore a boxing kilt with the colors of the Puerto Rican flag in the front, and the rainbow colors of gay pride in the back.

January 8, 2013

'I will do my best to not disappoint the gay audience'

Just two weeks after announcing to the world that he is a 'proud gay man,' pro boxer Orlando Cruz stepped back into the ring and suddenly felt even more pressure to beat his opponent, Jorge Pazos.

'I had to win that fight,' Cruz tells The Advocate.

Had he lost, he says, he would have been 'taunted and harassed. I knew I had to win, I felt the pressure.'