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May 8, 2015

Claims he acted in self defense

A college football player has been kicked off his team after he was arrested for punching a gay couple he saw kissing on the street.

Running back Steward Butler, 23, was charged with two counts of battery Wednesday (6 May) against Casey Williams, 20, and Zack Johnson, 21, in Huntingdon, West Virginia last month.

The Marshall University senior jumped out of the car he was riding in with his former teammates and punched both men in the face.

April 3, 2015

'We are at fault as a sport. It is that old syndrome where it is a man’s game and you can’t talk about that'

Frank Lampard has said that he would love for a professional footballer player to have the courage to come out as gay. 

The Manchester City player made the remark during an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man this week, when the comedian insisted that, statisically speaking, at least one of the 5000 or so professional football players in the UK must be gay.

'We have had a couple come out afterwards,' Lampard told Carr, explaining that it's up to the sport to create an environment where it's safe for players to come out.

March 25, 2015

There is not a single openly gay professional player in UK football

More than one in 10 soccer players know a gay footballer, a new survey as revealed.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 11% know a gay player.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football.

A Premier League footballer (the top of the English soccer system) said some guys find it 'awkward' to be in a locker room with a gay teammate.

March 21, 2015

Martín Farina's film Fulboy takes us up close and personal in the locker room

We see a lot of football on television, and footballers seem to be constantly in the media.

However we rarely get to see what happens when a team of professional footballers are alone, traveling between games, killing time between their training and match commitments.

Film-maker Martín Farina's brother Tomás was a professional footballer with a team in Argentina. Through this connection, the film-maker was able to travel with the team, filming them, observing them.

March 13, 2015

British campaigning group Stonewall has turned its attention towards improving attitudes within the construction industry

Following the success of its ‘rainbow laces’ campaign to raise awareness of homophobic attitudes in football, UK LGBT advocacy group Stonewall has widened the campaign to target the property and construction industry.

February 16, 2015

Footballer credits his fiancé for giving him the self-confidence to come out

Michael Sam said he knew 'damn sure' he was gay after his first sexual experience and credited his fiancé with giving him the self-confidence to come out.

The first openly gay NFL footballer Friday (February) received an Upstander Award at the Time to THRIVE gay youth conference in Portland, organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

In his acceptance speech, Sam paid tribute to his fiancé Vito Cammisano.

'Vito has been with me for a long time and actually it is because of Vito that I am here tonight to talk to you guys,' he said.

January 27, 2015

On the road with the Swedish footballing superstar, from New York to New Zealand

Footballing legend and handsome Swede Anton Hysén shocked the world when he came out in 2011 – becoming one of the world's only openly gay professional footballers in the process.

However, Hysén's passions extend far the football pitch. Not only did he win the Swedish version of Dancing with the Stars in 2012, but he's also a keen traveller. We caught up with him to talk travel highs and lows...

January 22, 2015

Calls it a 'slanderous' accusation

Japanese pro soccer player Riku Matsuda has denied he appeared in two gay porn films.

The 23-year-old Tokyo FC defender has responded to internet slueths who have compared stills of him and the actor who appeared in the videos, translated from Japanese, called 'At Last After Negotiating for 6 months the Active Duty Rugby Man Gave In!!' and 'Beast Premium Disc 097'.

Both feaure an actor called Takeyama Shotaro, a name which can translate into English as the 'boy snake', said to be Matsuda's stage name. 

January 21, 2015

Openly gay footballer is not happy

Robbie Rogers has said the decision to give Russia and Qatar the World Cup is 'insane'.

The world's highest-profile openly gay footballer has said traveling to either of those two countries is a big risk for LGBTI players and fans.

'I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane,' he told Sky Sports.

'If you look at the next few World Cups, they are in places where, if I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up ... It is pretty ridiculous.'

January 19, 2015

Corrie star Antony Cotton says he knows lots of gay soccer players but they don't want to come out

Gay actor Antony Cotton has said there are hundreds of gay footballers in the Premier League.

The personality, who plays Sean Tully on Coronation Street, has said 'everyone' knows a gay soccer player, but they're just not ready to come out.

'There are hundreds of gay footballers – hundreds of them, not one or two,' he said.

'If there are 22 gay footballers in a squad, by the law of average there will be two or three gay footballers in every single team. But isn’t it strange there isn’t one out Premier League footballer?

January 15, 2015

Coming Out Of The Curve will show interviews with several athletes about what it is like to be gay in sport

Cork footballer Valerie Mulcahy has come out as gay, the first ever high profile Gaelic Athletic Association star to do so publicly.

The goalkeeper, who also works as a secondary school teacher, will appear in a RTÉ documentary by Donal Óg Cusack talking about what it is like to be gay in today's Ireland.

During the film, she appears with her partner.

‘When I was young, I didn't want to be gay,' she tells Cusack.

January 9, 2015

Proposal was made in Rome

Michael Sam is engaged to his long-term boyfriend Vito Cammisano – the man he famously kissed when he became the first openly gay footballer to be drafted into the NFL.

The proposal was made in Rome, a source confirmed to Page Six, but it is unclear who popped the question.

Sam, 25, and swimmer Cammisano have been traveling in Europe since December 30, ringing in the new year in Spain and seeing the sights in Italy.

In an Oprah special aired last month, Cammisano said their relationship was just like anyone else's.

January 3, 2015

'I don't know how I sensed it without anyone ever telling me'

Robbie Rogers reveals many things in his new autobiography Coming Out to Play including the surprising fact that he was a twin.

It's something he sensed from a very early age without anyone ever telling him.

'One day when I was six or seven years old I asked my mother if I had a twin brother,' he writes.

It's a fascinating story he let his mother, Theresa Rarick Rogers, write about in the book.

'I never said a word to my children about Robbie's twin, so I was shocked when Robbie asked me about his twin brother,' she writes.

December 22, 2014

Soccer star says statue of him in Portugal is 'prettier than me'

A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo has been unveiled in his native Portugal and the sexy superstar footballer gave it a big thumbs up over the weekend.

It escaped no one's notice that the giant bronze statue features a giant bulging crotch.

The 29-year-old Portuguese professional footballer plays as a forward for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Portugal national team.

'This is a very special moment, to have a statue of me,' said Ronaldo, pictured below with his son.

December 21, 2014

‘Do you think now that the reason why you’re not with a team because you’re not good enough or because you are gay?’

Gay footballer Michael Sam has had to answer a fair few tough questions since he became a sensation this year.

But later this month he will face the toughest questions of all from Oprah Winfrey.

On 27 December Sam will sit down with talk show queen Winfrey for an episode of Oprah Prime.

Sam rose to prominence after becoming the first openly gay to be drafted by a major National Football League (NFL) team, the St Louis Rams.

He instantly became a new LGBTI icon and won fans all around the globe.

December 19, 2014

'If I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death'

Openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers has slammed FIFA for its ‘insane’ decision to stage the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The LA Galaxy midfielder Thursday (17 December) said the decision put gay players and fans at risk if they traveled to the two countries for the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

'I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane,' he told Sky Sports.

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.

November 3, 2014

Marvin Andrews, former of Rangers FC, thinks homosexuality is an 'abomination'

Soccer star Marvin Andrews claims gay people are suffering from a 'spiritual sickness'.

The footballer, formerly of Rangers FC and now demoted to playing for Elgin City, has written a passage in a book for his mentor Pastor Joe Nwokoye.

The defender said: 'For a man to see a man or a woman to see a woman in that way is a spiritual sickness and it is the Bible – not Marvin Andrews – that says that is an abomination.

'I am not going to contradict my beliefs. I don’t care if 100,000 people are against me – I’ll stand on the word of God.'

October 9, 2014

British gay diver revealed he will not be making any political statement against Russia's anti-gay laws when he travels there next year

Tom Daley believes any footballer would be surprised by the amount of support they would receive if they chose to come out.

The 20-year-old Olympic diver, who came out last December on YouTube, has said he believes soccer will be more accepting than people realise.

There are only two professional gay soccer players in the entire world. Anton Hysén, who is playing for Myrtle Beach FC, a fourth-tier level US team, and Robbie Rogers, who plays for major US club LA Galaxy.

July 28, 2014

Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Stuttgart midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored as sportsperson of the year by Germany’s 11Freunde football magazine for his courage in coming out as a gay man

Recently retired professional German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored by football magazine 11Freunde as its sportsperson of the year after he made the decision to come out publicly as gay in January this year.

German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach praised Hitzlsperger’s courage at an awards ceremony held by the magazine on Saturday.

‘Thomas is a trail blazer,’ Niersbach said, presenting the award, ‘He made a very deliberate decision in going public.’

July 17, 2014

Footballing partners Casey Stoney and Megan Harris will become moms later this year

England footballer Casey Stoney has used her regular BBC Sport online column to announce that she and her partner, fellow footballer Megan Harris, are expecting twins.

‘Until last season my partner, Megan Harris, was a footballer and we played together at Lincoln Ladies,’ said Stoney.

‘But her desire to be a mum far outweighed her ambitions in football so she is the one who is pregnant.’

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.

June 12, 2014

Jaiyah Saelua, from American Samoa, has spoken out about the importance of fighting against homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination before the first big match

Back in 2003, an up-and-coming soccer-obsessed teen was chosen to represent her country.

She went on to become the world’s first ever openly trans woman to play professionally in a men's World Cup qualifier.

Her name is Jaiyah Saelua, a 25-year-old from American Samoa.

Before the World Cup starts today (12 June), she has spoken out about the efforts to combat homophobia and discrimination in the sport.

‘Just to get the message across that soccer should be a sport for everyone,’ Saelua has said.

June 5, 2014

Anonymous gay German footballer says: 'I slowly realized: It's because of me. In that moment I thought my career was over. I didn't want to go to training anymore'

An anonymous gay soccer player has spoken out about the reasons why he refuses to come out.

The footballer in Germany’s Under 19 Bundesliga, who plans on playing professionally, says the homophobic culture in the changing room will stop many from being honest with the public.

Given the pseudonym of 'Nico', he told Deutsche , Welle there was an incident with his team two years ago that made him think his career was over.

‘By chance the team I was in found out that I was gay,’ he said.