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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?

December 26, 2014

Gay Britain’s favorite naked pin-ups go Stateside

They stripped off for the media, they stripped off to play Twister, they stripped off from coast to coast.

Here are the photos to prove it as gay Britain’s favorite naked pin-ups, the Warwick Rowers, return from a successful US tour.

The visit included a Hollywood premier of their new film, Some Like it Hotter.

December 7, 2014

Following a landslide victory by the Labor Party, the new Victorian state government has appointed Australia’s first ever Minister for LGBTI Equality in Martin Foley

Albert Park MP Martin Foley has become the first government minister at a state or federal level in Australia to be given an LGBTI Equality portfolio as the new Victorian Labor state government moves quickly to fulfill one of its election promises to the LGBTI community.

Incoming Premier Daniel Andrews promised that he would allow same-sex couples to adopt if he won government, alongside creating the equality portfolio and a government ministerial advisory committee which would identify issues of inequality in Victorian state law.

November 28, 2014

Former Polish president says 'queers are ill as a result of their own wishes'

A street in San Francisco named after a homophobic Polish politician has been rechristened after a local gay hero.

The street sign was replaced on 20 November and now reads Dr Tom Waddell Place, after the man who founded the Gay Games in 1982.

The street already had a transgender clinic in his name.

September 16, 2014

The Victoria state parliament will debate the bill this week

The Australian state of Victoria today introduced long-awaited legislation into parliament that will expunge the criminal records of men with historical gay sex convictions.

The Parliament of Victoria will debate the bill this week.

The state legalized gay sex in 1981 but men with historical convictions still face stigma and discrimination when applying for jobs and traveling.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said, ‘Consensual sexual acts between two adult men should never have been a crime.

September 9, 2014

Lost-n-Found shelter in Atlanta will house will house three times as many homeless LGBT youth

19-year-old Daniel Ashley Pierce, staying strong after being kicked out of his house for being gay, has helped open a new home for homeless LGBT youth.

The emotional footage of his family calling him a ‘fag’ in Southern accents and claiming to disown Pierce in God’s name went viral on YouTube this month, and prompted over $100,000  (€77,597) of donations in Pierce’s name.

August 13, 2014

A pink LGBTI pride sequined ‘B’ in giant letters forming the word ‘Brisbane’ will greet Russian President Vladimir Putin when he touches down in the city for the G20 summit in November this year

The state government of Queensland, Australia wants to send a message about LGBTI tolerance and diversity to Russian President Vladimir Putin when he arrives in the state capital of Brisbane for this year’s G20 summit.

Earlier today Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, a prominent supporter of same-sex marriage in the Liberal-National Coalition, told a press conference in Brisbane that the city’s name would be spelled out in three metre tall (around 10 foot) letters during the G20, with the B reserved for a message about the importance of diversity.

June 14, 2014

Kathleen Wynne brought her partner on stage to make her victory speech as she made history twice over by being female and openly gay

Liberal politician Kathleen Wynne has been elected Premier of Ontario, making history twice as she becomes the province’s first female premier and the first openly gay premier in Canada.  

The results were announced on 12 June and saw Wynne, who represents the liberal party, be officially elected as Ontario’s premier.

61-year-old Wynne, who is openly lesbian, brought her partner on stage with her to make her victory speech.

To cheers, applause and a soundtrack of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, Wynne made her victory speech in a red suit dress.

May 26, 2014

Lynne Brown was elected Minister of Public Enterprises, and is thought to be the first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa

The president of South Africa has elected a gay woman as a cabinet minister, thought to be first openly gay cabinet minister in Africa.

Lynne Brown assumed office on 25 May, and will serve as Minister of Public Enterprises.

58-year-old Brown, appointed by President Jacob Zuma, was the former Premier of the Western Cape Province.

May 7, 2014

Mike Baird, the new Liberal premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, has reiterated his predecessor’s pledge to allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage for his MPs if the issue comes before the parliament

The new Liberal premier of the Australian state of New South Wales told the state parliament earlier today that he would allow his MPs to vote with their consciences if a bill to legalize state-based same-sex marriages were to come before the parliament.

Premier Mike Baird made the announcement in response to a question from openly gay independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich who wanted to know if Baird would make the same commitment on the issue that his predecessor Liberal premier Barry O’Farrell had.

April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

April 18, 2014

Arsenal’s longest serving manager believes racism is easier than homophobia to deal with in football as it is more ‘visible’

Arsenal’s manager Arséne Wenger has said society has not advanced enough to have an openly gay soccer player in the UK.

The French former player has given an interview on homophobia in football and the hopes of having a gay footballer continuing to play after coming out in the Premier League.

Speaking to Arsenal Magazine, Wenger was asked about his reaction to Thomas Hitzlsperger, a German player who came out after he retired last year.

March 18, 2014

Almost 40% of players have witnessed homophobia in the stands while a shocking one in four have seen it in the training grounds and changing room

Top soccer stars have revealed anti-gay abuse and racism is still ‘rife’ in English football.

Over 200 current players across all four tiers of the game were asked about their views.

It is known that homophobia is common in the stands, with almost 40% witnessing anti-gay abuse.

But in the training ground or in the changing room, a shocking one in four have seen homophobia.

Racial abuse is noticed by more than half, with almost a quarter of them being subjected to it.

March 9, 2014

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level'

The Myrtle Beach Mutiny have signed Anton Hysén, the out Swedish footballer.

The Mutiny are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

'I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season,' Hysén said in a release, according to Outsports.

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL,' he continued. 

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.

February 14, 2014

New South Wales state police have agreed to more sensitive policing of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival after there were complaints of police brutality and over-policing at the 2013 festival and parade

The Premier of New South Wales (NSW) has signed an accord with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival to ensure better outcomes from policing during the festival after there were complaints of over-policing and police brutality at last year’s festival

January 15, 2014

Football Association has told managers to 'react positively' to a soccer player coming out to them, though discussions are still happening on whether they should make themselves known to the public

British football managers are being given lessons on how to deal with gay players, it has emerged today (15 January).

The Football Association has begun teaching professionals on how they would deal with the situation of a top player coming out to them.

January 14, 2014

Premier gay shop Prowler is hooking up with Gaydar and aussieBum for a steamy swimwear show at the Gay Star News two-day birthday event. Male and female models will strut the year's hottest swim suits at the London event aimed at the LGBTI community

Models clad in aussieBum's hottest wares are sure to steal the show this weekend at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show.

Prowler, the UK’s leading gay lifestyle store, will be taking to the G-A-Y daytime catwalk with Gaydar models showing off aussieBum’s best in swim briefs, trunks and shorts.

January 13, 2014

The state of Tasmania will follow Victoria in becoming the second Australian state to wipe records of convictions for consensual adult gay sex from before its decriminalization

All of Australia’s major political parties have united behind a proposal to expunge the criminal records of men convicted of adult consensual gay sex prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state of Tasmania and an apology for the state's former anti-gay laws.

Liberal leader, Will Hodgman, who polls show is likely to be state premier after the upcoming state election told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier today he supports the proposal in principle.

January 12, 2014

Men who carry convictions before gay sex was decriminalised in 1981 will now have the opportunity to have the convictions wiped

The Australian state of Victoria will be the first in the country to erase the criminal records of men who were previously convicted for having gay sex before it was decriminalised in 1981.

January 9, 2014

Openly gay ex-West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa player doubts Premier League will see gay player in near future

Retired footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has spoken out about the fear of negative reaction holding gay players back from coming out in the Premier League.

After coming out publicly yesterday (8 January), he said on BBC Today: 'I can't imagine playing football and doing this at the same time.'

The ex-Germany international revealed he chose to continue playing without coming out towards the end of his career.

January 8, 2014

German Thomas Hitzlsperger joins the team of seven other men who have blazed the trail for homosexuality in soccer

German player Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the eighth male, before or after retirement, to reveal he is gay.

The only gay player to ever play in the Premier League, he said he wanted to come out to ‘further the debate about homosexuality in sports professionals’.

While the world of football may be notoriously homophobic, many do not want to be the ones to be brave and take a stand against bigotry.

But times are changing, and with Hitzlsperger the floodgates may open. In 2014, it may be the year we finally see many more athletes taking a stand.

December 24, 2013

The Way He Looks will show the relationships of a blind boy with his best friend Giovana and new neighbor Gabriel

The Berlin International Film Festival has revealed the first list of movies for its Panorama 2014.

Along with new works from big names such as Michel Gondry of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Brazil’s Daniel Ribeiro will premier his first feature movie around Valentine’s Day in Berlin.

December 13, 2013

The Liberal state premiers of New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria have all urged Australian Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote for all MPs on gay marriage

Australian advocates for same-sex marriage have welcomed four Liberal state premiers throwing their support behind a federal Coalition conscience vote on marriage equality and hope other state and territory Liberal leaders will follow suit.